Search Results: "Matt Kaplan"


BOOK REVIEW

SCIENCE OF THE MAGICAL by Matt Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A charming romp through the history of science."
How myths and magical beliefs may provide the first glimmers of scientific discovery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"The appeal of monsters never stales, and in Kaplan's hands, these characters shine."
A delightfully serious—well, mostly—dissection of monsterland. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Investigative journalism at its relentless and compassionate best."
An award-winning journalist uncovers the suppressed story behind the death of Matthew Shepard, the gay University of Wyoming student whose 1998 murder rocked the nation. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND MATT AND HENA THE WHORE by Adam Zameenzad
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1993

"Much powerful writing, and the events described have all too many parallels, but cumulatively more homily than novel."
Also from Zameenzad (see above): a well-meaning, often mystical story of children trying to survive in war-torn Africa—a story with special resonances considering the situation in Somalia but one that makes more for inspiration than literature. Read full book review >

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MIA, MATT AND THE LAZY GATOR by Annie Langois
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Though the design and layout suggest a young target audience, the advanced vocabulary (writhe, posterity and discreetly all appear on a single page) as well as the romantic focus—sweethearts, smooches and spooning all making an appearance—will make this one a hard sell to the early elementary crowd. (Fiction. 6-9)"
This early chapter book is a somewhat awkward translation from the French original. Read full book review >

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THE AWESOME, ALMOST 100% TRUE ADVENTURES OF MATT & CRAZ by Alan Silberberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Readers may question Matt's and Craz's intelligence, but if the plot is short on sense, the jokes almost always work, and that's a more important brand of magic any day. (Humor. 9-13)"
It turns out that a book doesn't need to make a lick of sense if it has enough baboons and pirates and aliens. Read full book review >

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COUSIN IRV FROM MARS by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Clever, but the sophisticated humor seems aimed at older readers and adults. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sometimes relatives are so weird that they seem to be from outer space. This one just happens to be from Mars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Gourmet reading—rich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style."
The mother-son co-authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability (2006) turn their considerable authorial skills and wit to human behavior, from our isolated cave-dwelling ancestors to today's globalized, interconnected world. Read full book review >

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MONSTERS EAT WHINY CHILDREN by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"There's nothing to whine about here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cartoonist and TV writer Kaplan delivers a witty, tightly controlled picture-book debut brimming with humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"May not be widely accessible, but for the right reader, an enthralling exploration of this ancient rule of ratios."
Popular math writers Robert and Ellen Kaplan (Out of the Labyrinth: Setting Mathematics Free, 2007, etc.) examine the far-reaching, and at times exotic, applications of the familiar theorem. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S JURY by D.S. Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"A whodunit with a solid premise, brought down by subpar writing and characterization."
A series of violent crimes in Boston casts suspicion on a group of friends in Kaplan's debut mystery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer by Laurie Kaplan
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An invaluable resource for providing top-notch care for man's best friend.
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This comprehensive guide to canine cancer delivers standard veterinary information and advice in language that average dog owners will understand. Read full book review >