Search Results: "Matthew J. Baek"


BOOK REVIEW

PANDA & POLAR BEAR by Matthew J. Baek
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Done primarily in shades of blue for the polar bears and greens for the pandas, they are delicate, soft and expressive, bringing gentleness to the story and highlighting its message of acceptance and cooperation. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a maybe-imaginary world where only a steep cliff separates a warm, grassy, bamboo-filled paradise inhabited by panda bears and a wintry wonderland populated by polar bears, one curious young polar bear falls off the cliff and into the mud. Read full book review >

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BE GENTLE WITH THE DOG, DEAR! by Matthew J. Baek
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Empathy well taught. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Based on the author's own family's experiences, this is sure to strike a chord with anyone who has both small children and a furry pet. Read full book review >

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IN GOD’S HANDS by Lawrence Kushner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A worthy choice for all collections. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Wealthy Jacob is concerned with ways to make more money but routinely falls asleep during the Rabbi's weekly Sabbath service. Read full book review >

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A TASTE FOR MONSTERS by Matthew J. Kirby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A lovely, suspenseful, lyrical, imperfect paranormal mystery. (Historical paranormal. 13-15)"
A down-on-her-luck white girl with facial scars seeks safety (both physical and metaphysical) in a story framed by two unrelated true events that occurred in 1888: the Jack the Ripper murders and the decline of Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man. Read full book review >

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LAST DESCENDANTS by Matthew J. Kirby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Readers will be anxious for the second installment, soon to follow. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
The debut of an action-adventure series that ties in with the popular "Assassin's Creed" video games. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A scholarly treatment of a fascinating subject that nonacademic readers may find difficult to follow."
A deconstruction of current preconceptions about sleep. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE A CHOCOLATE MUSTACHE by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Verse seekers could do worser than to swallow down this course of funky, funny forms of wordy wit. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Prolific versifier, author, riddlizer (etc.) Lewis offers this mostly new (a few appeared in magazines or anthologies) collection of laughs and linguistic lampoons. Read full book review >

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JOHN O’HARA’S HOLLYWOOD by John O'Hara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Readers might find this less compelling as fiction than as a glimpse into what Hollywood was 'really' like."
This uneven collection focuses on issues of status and morality (or lack thereof) during the heyday of the studio star system. Read full book review >

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THE UNLUCKY LOTTERY WINNERS OF CLASSROOM 13 by Honest Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"The ongoing hardships of Classroom 13 hammer home teachable moments with humor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What would you do if you won the lottery? Read full book review >

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THE DISASTROUS MAGICAL WISHES OF CLASSROOM 13 by Honest Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An amusing, fast-paced, and easy-to-read choice for those just beyond transitional chapter books. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The diverse cast of Classroom 13 returns for another humorously exaggerated lesson on the flipside of good fortune. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Still, the world is grateful that Heller's trick, if indeed only one, was Catch-22."
A collection of Helleriana that goes far toward showing that the author was a one-trick pony. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LENS OF WAR by J. Matthew Gallman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 15, 2015

"A brilliant starting point for truly understanding the Civil War. As the authors point out, there is still much to explore."
A pictorial guide to the changes in our historical views of the Civil War, curated by Gallman (History/Univ. of Florida; Northerners at War, 2010, etc.) and Gallagher (History/Univ. of Virginia; The Union War, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >