Search Results: "Peter Bull"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBOTS by Chris Oxlade
by Chris Oxlade, illustrated by Peter Bull
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 16, 2014

"Substandard nonfiction series fare, aimed at a slightly older audience than the publisher's Kingfisher Young Knowledge entry on the topic (2003) but a clean miss. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
This haphazard jumble of military, domestic, space, toy and industrial robots is unlikely to draw young technophiles for more than a quick once-over. Read full book review >

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EXPLORERS:  REPTILES by Claire Llewellyn
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"An OK beginning for children just discovering their individual interests. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Two new entries expand the subject diversity of the Explorers series, marked by their short paragraphs of information, extensive index, labeled pictures and panoramic scenes. Read full book review >

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EXPLORERS: OCEANS AND SEAS by Steven Savage
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Fascinating facts and a broad background of information would make these good introductory nonfiction choices, but their flaws limit both their use and appeal. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Together with Dougal Dixon's companion volume that publishes simultaneously, Dinosaurs (ISBN: 978-0-7534-6402-1), this entry in the Explorers series seeks to keep readers' attention with pictures, digital illustrations, short snippets of information and labeled panoramic scenes. Read full book review >

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WHALES AND DOLPHINS by Anita Ganeri
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 16, 2013

"For elementary school readers, there are plenty of better introductions than this concoction, including Caroline Arnold and Patricia J. Wynne's Super Swimmers (2007). (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
This collection of topically organized factoids about the whale family shares the flaws of others in the publisher's Explorers series: an overbusy design; unrealistic, digitally assembled photo pastiches; and a series of useless "buttons" that purport to lead readers on a topic trail. Read full book review >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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WHEN DARKNESS FALLS
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Cover Story: Are We Out of the Woods Yet?
BFF Charm: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Descriptive
Bonus Factor:
 LEGO Batman
Ambivalent Factor: World Building
Relationship Status: It's Not You, It's Me

 

Cover Story: Are We Out of the Woods ...


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7 MORE TIME TRAVEL BOOKS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
by John DeNardo

If you like stories about time travel (and who doesn't?) here are seven recent time travel books you'll want to know about…

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland 

What do you get when one of science fiction's most meticulous authors teams up with an historical novelist? You get ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MICHELANGELO by George Bull
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A thorough and informative reference book that tells us much about the times but fails to capture the genius of one of our greatest artists. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This attempt at a panoramic biography of one of the dominant artists of the Renaissance reads more as a recap of the period's events than a persuasive dissection of character. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE LORD OF NIGHT by Emma Bull
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Gaber's romantic, stylishly rendered art, escaping its borders to enliven clean white margins, is also sure to appeal. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The princess has been cursed by the Lord of Night: if she's not given whatever she wants, her parents will die and their kingdom ``fall into ruin.'' Bull's tale is built on the princess's unusual response to this prescription for indulgence: she does her best not to want anything. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE RHINO HOTEL by Bartle Bull
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Much ground is covered, but since the time is short, the stories are well contained."
First fiction, set at the end of WW I, in which a frontier Kenyan hotel provides rest, shelter, and large drinks to a fugitive Gypsy, wounded Tommies, murderous Irishmen, scheming Portuguese colonials, displaced Germans, an American cowboy, and a pretty Welsh woman. Read full book review >

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SHANGHAI STATION by Bartle Bull
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Not terribly tense, and there's more than a whiff of prewar Hollywood in the stagy dialogue. Maybe a sequel will pick up steam."
Fleeing Russia and rampaging Bolsheviks, a count and his son set up shop as aristotrainers in 1918 Shanghai, a city with plenty of ethnopolitical problems of its own. Read full book review >