Search Results: "Philip Plait"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH FROM THE SKIES! by Philip Plait
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2008

"Eminently readable basic science with an irresistible hook."
A surprisingly upbeat look at all the ways the universe can destroy us. Read full book review >

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SHAPES by Philip Giordano
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A winner. (Board book. 1-3)"
Lifting flaps reveal the simple geometry underlying the world around us. Read full book review >

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ROSIE AND THE NIGHTMARES by Philip Waechter
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Similarly, the seemingly random arrangement of illustration types (full bleed, spot, cropped and more) is redeemed by the constant presence of the small, determined heroine, whose outlook seems rosy indeed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this amusing paean to overcoming monster-sized fears, Rosie wakes shaking from yet another nightmare. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WINTER HORSES by Philip Kerr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"A worthwhile-enough read for kids particularly interested in history and/or horses. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Kerr, well-known for his best-selling World War II thrillers for adults (A Man Without Breath, 2013, etc.), enters YA territory with a compelling but ultimately flawed tale of saving the last Przewalski's horses from Nazi invaders. Read full book review >

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GOBLINS by Philip Reeve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A bit overlong and slapdash-feeling, but amiable. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Sundry creatures and an affable aspiring hero stumble and bumble around a magically infused landscape. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER BOOK by Philip Womack
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Fans of Jenny Nimmo's Charlie Bone series and similar dark-flavored fare will be drawn in. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Womack works familiar fantasy elements into a tale with a distinctly penumbral atmosphere for his debut. Read full book review >

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SEBASTIAN DARKE by Philip Caveney
ADVENTURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Swashbuckling fare for fans of this original adventure series. (Fantasy. 12-17)"
In this rousing sequel to Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2008), "elfling" Sebastian abandons a disastrous career as a court jester and takes to the high seas in search of pirate treasure with Max, his witty talking buffalope, and Cornelius, his pint-sized warrior pal. Read full book review >

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THE AMBER SPYGLASS by Philip Pullman
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"Readers will be chastened—and warmed—and sorry to see the last page. (Fiction. 12+)"
The longed-for third volume in this trilogy (The Golden Compass, 1996; The Subtle Knife, 1997) satisfies deeply: full of grand set pieces, resplendent language, and glorious storytelling. Read full book review >