Search Results: "Matthew Hertenstein"


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THE TELL by Matthew Hertenstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An entertaining look at our oft-maligned intuitive capabilities, offering useful tips on how we may sharpen our powers of observation and increase the accuracy of our predictions."
In his debut, Hertenstein (Psychology/DePauw Univ.) contends that the predictive power of the human brain is exemplified by its ability to draw accurate conclusions "based on observations of brief samples of others' behavior." Read full book review >

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BEYOND PARADISE by Jane Hertenstein
Released: Aug. 25, 1999

"A first work that is shakily compelling, often uplifting, and certainly promising. (Fiction. 12-14)"
During WWII in the Philippines, American citizens trapped in the war zone were imprisoned for years by the Japanese, events that provide the context for Hertenstein's first novel, which focuses on one 14-year-old, Louise. Read full book review >

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THE DINOSAUR DISASTER by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mad fun. (Graphic science fantasy. 7-9)"
An informative but hair-raising tour of a rather-too-realistic dinosaur exhibit gives six new students a memorable first day at Mad Scientist Academy. Read full book review >

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HELLO! HELLO! by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"This wry object lesson blends clever design and a sincere, never-preachy delivery. Terrific! (Picture book. 3-7)"
Into a family's device-dominated existence, Cordell inserts this tribute to the realms of nature and the imagination. Read full book review >

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BACKBEARD by Matthew McElligott
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Sandwiched between original and modified 'Pirate Rules' on the endpapers, as well as hilarious jacket art, this knee-slapper rivals even Colin McNaughton's Captain Abdul's Little Treasure (2006) for freewheeling freebooter frivolity. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having transformed himself and his crew into fashionistas (of a sort) in Backbeard and the Birthday Suit (2006), the huge and hirsute Captain finds himself called before the Pirate Council for dress-code violations in this even better sequel. Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTELY NOT by Matthew McElligott
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Deft visual pacing brings sudden drama when one of Frieda's worries turns out to be well-founded, but never fear: this whimsical tale may ponder the relative value of fear itself, but McElligott brings everyone home safe. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Watercolor, pencil, and digital techniques illustrate this gentle story about the nature of fear during two insects' late-summer stroll. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA by Matthew Reinhart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Reinhart's retelling is solid from start to happily-ever-after finish. (Pop-up book. 4-8)"
Poor Cinderella. Read full book review >

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UNCLE FRANK'S PIT by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The illustrations, chock full of color and shadow, have the fuzzy quality of low-tech computer artwork. (Picture book. 5-8)"
McElligott (The Truth About Cousin Ernie's Head, 1996) finds inspiration in Uncle Frank, an amiable old codger who is full of cockamamie ideas and immune to suggestions that he's worn out his welcome. Read full book review >

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THE TIME MUSEUM by Matthew Loux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A first rate kickoff: fresh, fast, and funny. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
Both deadly dangers and exciting research opportunities await science-mad Delia Bean once she stumbles into a museum with portals to any time and place on Earth. Read full book review >