Search Results: "Matthew Spieler"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A concise civics handbook that focuses a spotlight on the House's design and where its leadership does not measure up."
In the third volume in the Fundamentals of American Government series, political writer Spieler (co-author: Selecting a President, 2012) takes us on a well-organized tour of the U.S. House of Representatives and introduces the institution's inner workings and history.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SELECTING A PRESIDENT by Eleanor Clift
NON-FICTION
Released: May 22, 2012

"For beginners, the ABCs of the curious, occasionally baffling way we go about the important business of choosing a president."
The first in the publisher's Fundamentals of American Government series explains the machinery of our presidential electoral system. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2009

"Moore's complex and fascinating story deserves better treatment."
Amateurishly written, disappointingly superficial biography of Sara Jane Moore. Read full book review >

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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

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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 >

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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 >