Search Results: "Neil Oliver"


BOOK REVIEW

THE VIKINGS by Neil Oliver
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"The author has studied his sources in depth and provides a great chronicle of these nation-shapers who stretched the limits of the known world."
Scottish archaeologist Oliver (A History of Scotland: Look Behind the Mist and Myth of Scottish History, 2009) explores the vast influence of the relatively short Viking Age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT WASN'T ME by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Want to SEE a GOOD Book? Read this one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Hueys are back, and this time they're testy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Pet lovers and nature lovers alike will enjoy this offbeat and entertaining tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Moose are not necessarily the best pets—except when it really matters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP AND DOWN by Oliver Jeffers
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Children will intuit, absorb and appreciate this soothing book's heart—the fast, offbeat friendship that makes it so singular and appealing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Jeffers revisits Lost and Found (2006), his sweet, muted story of friendship between a penguin and a boy, and he finds equal success with the same mild characters, understated humor, washes of watercolor and succinct, soft narration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERMAIDS MOST AMAZING by Narelle Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

Oliver illustrates scattershot mentions of fish deities and merfolk sightings worldwide—plus some proven hoaxes—with dark-lined, hand-colored linocuts enhanced by the occasional shell, fishhook, or bit of netting. Read full book review >

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TIDE POOL SECRETS by Narelle Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A solid choice for those who live near or are interested in tide pools. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
A lift-the-flap book explores tide pools. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT PAPER CAPER by Oliver Jeffers
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Sophisticated readers may giggle over the mystery and mock trial, and adults may admire the undeniably hip artwork, but the story's message is a bit convoluted, mixing themes of forgiveness, eco-consciousness and teamwork. (Picture book. 6-9)"
"There was a time in the forest / when everything was not as it should have been." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST AND FOUND by Oliver Jeffers
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Readers who (inexplicably) find David Lawrence's Pickle and Penguin (2004) just too weird may settle in more comfortably with this—slightly—less offbeat friendship tale. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lad finds a penguin on his doorstep and resolutely sets out to return it in this briefly told import. 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 >