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 >

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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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MATTHEW DOWD
by Rhett Morgan

A political analyst with ABC news, the co-author of 2006’s Applebee’s America, and the former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign, Matthew Dowd has spent the last seven years ruminating on the current state of the country. Through his columns and TV appearances he sharpened his observations about leadership and what is lacking in that leadership, but it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE RISE AND FALL OF OSCAR THE MAGICIAN by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine first caper for budding fans of mystery, monkeys, or magic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who will be the Magician of the Year? Will honesty or treachery win the day? Read full book review >

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FOX ON THE LOOSE! by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Here's hoping Porter gets paired up with a writer equal to his visual talents. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A fox is stymied in his nocturnal prowling by a bevy of noisy barnyard animals. Read full book review >

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TAILS CHASING TAILS by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"A delightful and playful romp worthy of an enthusiastic following. (Board book. 1-3)"
In this circular tale (or tail?), readers are encouraged to guess which animal is being chased off the page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THUNDERBOLT EXPRESS by Matthew Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A hoot for younger children fond of monkeys (not to mention, in one scene, monkeys in underpants!). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Monkeys who met previously in MonkeyWorld ABC (2012) get names as well and occupations on a thrill-a-minute train ride. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANOTHER BROTHER by Matthew Cordell
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"This is not just another new-baby book: Cordell's humorous text and mischievously silly, expressive cartoon art will have readers bleating to read it again and again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Davy, a little sheep, has trouble adjusting to the arrival of not one but 12 baby brothers in this humorous twist on the tried and true new sibling theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLE GUM by Matthew Cordell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Packs plenty of pop. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Despite Mom's sage warnings, piglet Ruben and his little brother Julius wreak havoc with multiple sticks of gum (first proffered by, then filched from Grammy) and a newly knit blanket. Read full book review >