Search Results: "Pat Koch Thaler"


BOOK REVIEW

EDDIE’S LITTLE SISTER MAKES A SPLASH by Ed Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Unexceptional. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another nostalgic slice-of-life from former New York Mayor Ed Koch and his sister, this low-key adventure seems unlikely to hold the interest of contemporary children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDDIE SHAPES UP by Ed Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"Larded with earnest purpose but unconvincing and far from likely to be the first call for attention to America's weight problem that children or parents will encounter. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With a message-driven tale of a plump lad who turns over a new leaf, an ex-mayor of New York and his sister clobber readers with the Board of Education. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDDIE: HAROLD’S LITTLE BROTHER by Ed Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Warhola's sepia-rich watercolors, reflecting the look and feel of Depression-era New York, are the perfect accompaniment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Imagine Ed Koch playing baseball. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE GETS GRAPHIC
by Julie Danielson

It’s a good time, many say a golden age, for graphic novels and comics. The proliferation of such high-quality graphic novels also means that there are publishers out there creating such books specifically for younger readers. (Take TOON Books, for instance. Here is my 2014 Kirkus chat with the Editorial Director, Françoise Mouly, about bringing comics to the easy-reader format ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BATS by Falynn Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Lots of science and a little story—but it's an uneasy mix. (Graphic informational fiction. 8-10)"
Along with an injured little brown bat, readers meet over a dozen other bat species and learn all about bat behavior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAGUES by Falynn Koch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A reassuring picture of ever more stout defenses ranged against a scary, invisible world. (glossary, timeline, endnotes, bibliography) (Graphic nonfiction. 11-14)"
Medicine joins our immune systems in squaring off against microbial invaders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DINNER by Herman Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"At its best, a chilling vision of the ugliness of keeping up appearances."
A high-class meal provides an unlikely window into privilege, violence and madness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOTEL LAMBOSA by Kenneth Koch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Original, shapely, and richly detailed scenes from the not- too-distant past."
A well-known poet's first collection of stories (in a new series from the publisher; also see Jessica Treat, below): short- shorts that are beautifully observed, refreshingly good-humored, and packed with pleasing details of a colorful life in the bohemian 60's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PREACHER CREATURE STRIKES ON SUNDAY  by Mike Thaler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Other titles in the series are Church Summer Cramp, Easter Egg Haunt and Mission Trip Impossible (ISBNs: 978-0-310-71592-4; 978-0-310-71591-7; 978-0-310-71590-0). (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
The creators of the Black Lagoon stories team up again for a new series called Tales from the Back Pew, focusing on introducing basic Christian concepts in a lighthearted (and often irreverent) way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIECE = PART = PORTION, FRACTIONS = DECIMALS = PERCENTS by Scott Gifford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This clever idea will work best when introduced to students by a mathematically literate adult. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-13)"
Math classes in the upper elementary grades and middle school are the logical audience for this deceptively simple work that shows the correlation between numerical amounts expressed as fractions, decimals, and percentages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISBEHAVING by Richard H. Thaler
NON-FICTION
Released: May 18, 2015

"Readers with even the remotest interest in how the world really works will enjoy this work of the dismal science pleasingly, and even exuberantly, done."
The dean of behavioral economics—the study of how people behave in practice rather than in theory when it comes to dollars and cents—gives a spry account of his field. Read full book review >