Search Results: "Richard Panek"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A good brief history of scientific astronomy, with the focus where it belongs—on the instruments that have brought us the knowledge of the stars."
Every invention changes the world a little bit, but the telescope did far more than thatóit changed the way we perceive the universe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"At times, Panek seems determined to force the two men's careers into identical patterns, citing minor similarities as if they were proof of deep connections. Even so, the light he sheds on the historical context of their discoveries makes for fascinating reading."
A century ago, Einstein and Freud revolutionized science—largely, argues science writer Panek, by looking for hidden causes behind the surface of their respective disciplines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WATERLOO DIAMONDS by Richard Panek
NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 1995

"Well written, but too much behind-the-scenes and background stuff and not enough baseball."
In a frustrating parallel to the national pastime's recent history, Panek's exhaustive look at the Class A Diamonds' 1992 season spends more time in meeting rooms than in the locker room or on the field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"Panek delivers vivid sketches of scientists, lucid explanations of their work and revealing descriptions of the often stormy rivalry that led to this scientific revolution, usually a media cliché, but not in this case."
A superior account of how astronomers discovered that they knew almost nothing about 96 percent of the universe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE AUTISTIC BRAIN by Temple Grandin
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 2013

"An illuminating look at how neuroscience opens a window into the mind."
Grandin (Animal Science/Colorado State Univ.; Different…Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger's, and ADHD, 2012, etc.), whose life has been an inspiration to millions, warns parents, teachers and therapists of the danger of getting locked into diagnostic labels. Read full book review >

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SPLASH, SPLASH by Jeff Sheppard
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A merry, deftly crafted book, perfect for toddler group or lap-sitter. (Picture book. 1-5)"
``A bee fell in the water,/he went buzz, splash, buzz./When a bee falls in the water,/That's what a bee does'': Jaunty verse that preschoolers will be chanting after a hearing or two is paired with stylized illustrations of animals with wide button eyes in crisp, clean collages of subtly textured paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECAUSE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"But still, because or no because, it's a pleasure to see Jack learning to negotiate his way through the world, from longing questions to innocent answers that reveal far too much plain honesty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since Torrey's wobbly, irresistible artwork tells the whole story, there is no reason to ask any explicit questions—such as, "Why is half the cake eaten?" or, "Why are you covered in Band-Aids?"—but young Jack always has the answer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALMOST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"This is a sweet, tongue-in-cheek look at growing up that will reassure the youngest sufferers of youth that they are not alone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
For those children who just cannot wait to grow up comes a tale that emphasizes their growing pains and the importance of their families' support. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN ELEPHANT IN THE BACKYARD by Richard Sobol
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"He isn't the first to visit a village where people and elephants cohabit, but he offers a closer, more intimate portrait than readers will find in Jeremy C. Schmidt's In the Village of the Elephants (1994), or Roland Smith's In the Forest with Elephants (1998). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Young readers may never complain about feeding or cleaning up after the dog again once they've met Wan Pen, a four-year-old pet/sibling/working animal belonging to a family in a Thai village. Read full book review >

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SAINT FRANCIS AND THE WOLF by Richard Egielski
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The attractive design includes decorated borders around the illustrations and an old-fashioned typeface in brown against beige backgrounds with the look of parchment or vellum. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Caldecott Medalist Egielski focuses on one incident in the life of St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS BOOK? by Richard McGuire
Released: March 1, 1997

"The illustrations are dandy, with compositions that must be pored over even though they never intertwine with the text; this is a collection of intriguing pictures rather than story carried and complemented by images. (Picture book. 5+)"
McGuire (What Goes Around Comes Around, 1995, etc.) sweeps out his graphic arts playhouse for a scrapbook of conundrums, collages, and shadow plays. Read full book review >