Search Results: "Neil Numberman"


BOOK REVIEW

FLIP & FIN by Timothy Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Particularly good for kids not ready to move beyond nonthreatening shark stories. (Picture book. 5-7)"
These twin sand sharks just love a good joke. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOEY FLY, PRIVATE EYE, IN CREEPY CRAWLY CRIME by Aaron Reynolds
MYSTERY
Released: April 14, 2009

"An auspicious series kick-off. (Graphic novel. 7 & up)"
What detective wouldn't benefit from being a fly on the wall? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLIP & FIN by Timothy Gill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"A passable tale for the shark-obsessed, but there are funnier fish in the sea. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sand shark twins Flip and Fin return as supersharks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO NOT BUILD A FRANKENSTEIN! by Neil Numberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"If the end doesn't live up to its setup, there's no denying the appeal of a giant green playmate with rivets in his neck. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Standing on a soapbox, the new kid in the neighborhood warns, "Do NOT build a Frankenstein!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRETS TO RULING SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING) by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Max's proposed campaign and Swaab's oblique storytelling style are equally engaging, though the latter definitely tends to work better. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-12)"
Middle school newbies concerned about fitting in could do worse than fall for this breezy sales pitch from self-appointed "life coach" Max Corrigan. Probably. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Multilevel bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using color photos of modern reenactments, plus a well- organized commentary enlivened by historical detail, the author/photographer of The Battle of Gettysburg (1989) re-creates the ``shot heard `round the world'' and the rest of the Revolutionary War's opening engagement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG-TOP CIRCUS by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"But when Johnson does get specific, as in explaining how a young woman hangs by her hair, the information is so fresh and unusual as to make the rest of the book mundane by comparison. (Picture book/Nonfiction. 4-8)"
An exploration of one of the last of a vanishing breed of travelling entertainments—the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PROMISED LAND by Neil Waldman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Heavy on text and not likely to appeal to a younger crowd. (Picture book. 11+)"
Waldman (Too Young For Yiddish, p. 106, etc) begins by asking why of all the ancient cultures and religions of the Mediterranean only the Jews have survived. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK CREEK COWBOY by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive, realistic portrayal of present practice in an occupation where, in the popular mind, the myths are still strong. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The author of several photo documentaries (All in a Day's Work, 1989) depicts two boys helping their ranch-hand dad herd cattle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLASS ELECTION by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Even readers with no political aspirations can pick up several useful cons. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Middle school hustler Max Corrigan ups his game to manage a hard-fought campaign for class president. Read full book review >