Search Results: "Matthew Rakola"


BOOK REVIEW

TRY THIS! by Karen Romano Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Science fun, with both terms emphasized equally. (general and materials indices) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Pretested by a crew of young assistants, these dozens of science demonstrations are both doable and worth doing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVEN ALIENS NEED SNACKS by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Tasty fare for alien fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When his summer snack stand fails to attract family and neighbors, an enterprising young chef with a flair for the unusual draws some very weird customers from way out of town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INSECT-LO-PEDIA by Matthew Reinhart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Reinhart offers no back matter, either. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Plainly intent on cramming the heads of budding naturalists with insect facts while communicating his own enthusiasm for the critters, Reinhart sandwiches quick looks at 26 sorts, from bristletails and cockroaches to ants and butterflies, between general comments on their common characteristics, and their medical, gustatory, and ecological relationships with us. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOLF IN THE SNOW by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A near-wordless story of kindness repaid. Read full book review >

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OH MY GODDESS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Freya by Matthew Laurence

Cover Story: Photo Op
BFF Charm: Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Modern Theology
Bonus Factor: Gods and Goddesses (+ Diversity)
Factor: Open-Ended
Relationship Status: Agnostic

Cover Story: Photo Op

Although the wings on this cover are more colorful than the DeLand Wings, everything about the image reminds me of the photos I’ve ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GNARBUNGA by Matthew Bromley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Less exposition and more skateboarding activity (and maybe a glossary) would have been welcome, but Gnarbunga's quirky and lovable nonetheless. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Can an icky, sticky monster make friends? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAN THIRTEEN by Matthew McElligott
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"A must for every elementary-school library and classroom bookshelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The "oddness" of prime numbers is driven home in this delightful tale of two bugs and their bean dinner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >