Search Results: "Max Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"These well-turned vignettes of a transplanted cityman won't bump E.B. White or Noel Perrin from the top shelf, but they have an enduring simplicity and allure."
Fast-track editor Alexander downshifts to the back-road life of a Maine farmer, though he keeps his journalist's pen busy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2012

"An invigorating reality check for anyone thinking about starting a business in a developing country."
The story of the trials of running a startup company in Africa. Read full book review >

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ME FIRST by Max Kornell
by Max Kornell, illustrated by Max Kornell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2014

"As soothing on the eyes as it is, potentially, on the nerves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Being first is only fun—if it can be called fun—when it doesn't entail learning the rude consequences of the unknown. Read full book review >

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TICKLEMONSTER AND ME by Max Haynes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 1999

"There is little doubt that these stage directions will be only a jumping-off point for most readers; just in case the story is not provocative enough, there are additional games included. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Haynes (In the Driver's Seat, 1997, etc.) has produced a visual script for a ticklefest. Read full book review >

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CIRCLES AND SQUARES EVERYWHERE! by Max Grover
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"An eye-catching elementary introduction to the notion, also found in Dayle Ann Dodds's The Shape of Things (1994, not reviewed), that these basic shapes can be found everywhere. (Picture book. 3-5)"
There is no shortage of picture books featuring geometric shapes, but surely this is one of the brightest. Read full book review >

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IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT by Max Haynes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The bold drawings feature the heavy black lines found in many board books, but with more sophisticated shapes; Haynes plays with the signs, racing stripes, and the checkerboard curve of a track, fully conveying you-are-there immediacy to children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
As if from a movie camera's viewfinder, a fantasy drive in a hot little car enfolds. Read full book review >

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AMAZING AND INCREDIBLE COUNTING STORIES! by Max Grover
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A full-blast chuckle machine that doubles, very quietly, as a book about numbers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Subtitled ``A Number of Tall Tales,'' this book's loopy headlines—``Sleepless Residents Upset by 2 Giant Banjos'' and ``11 Telephones Found Growing in the Woods''—reach out to grab readers while explanations at the bottom of the page are written for maximum laughs. Read full book review >

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EXTREME OPPOSITES by Max Dalton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"With whole stories unfurling in each image, the book has potential for classroom use as well as for solo enjoyment. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A witty, sophisticated book of opposites. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ACCIDENTAL ZUCCHINI by Max Grover
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Attractive, if not essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grover's first is ``An Unexpected Alphabet,'' with pairings (``Fork fence''; ``Vegetable volcano'') that occasion amusing surreal paintings in crayon-bright colors. Read full book review >

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MAX'S WACKY TAXI DAY by Max Grover
HUMOR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Grover's intense palette and artwork have instant appeal, but the vibrant colors are doing all the work and can't compensate for the stodgy text. (Picture book. 7+)"
Grover (Circles and Squares Everywhere!, 1996, etc.) mines wordplay with plenty of energy and color, but the sequence of events, concepts, and images are forced and clanky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FROG IN WINTER by Max Velthuijs
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A charming model of friendly accommodation to differences, fine for group sharing or independent reading. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The appealingly naive frog-person who debuted in Frog in Love (1989) is astonished, one morning, to find the world white and the river frozen (```I won't be able to wash,' he thought, shocked''). Read full book review >

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FROG AND THE BIRDSONG by Max Velthuijs
ANIMALS
Released: April 24, 1991

"The quiet blend of curiosity, respect, and joy in Velthuijs's text is enhanced by the simplicity of his bright, beautifully designed art. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The hero of Frog in Love (1989) deals with another rite of passage after he finds a dead bird. Read full book review >