Search Results: "Richard Thake"


BOOK REVIEW

SIR SETH THISTLETHWAITE by Richard Thake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon books, Kate McMullan's Dragon Slayers' Academy and the storied Magic Tree House all render this painfully patronizing series unnecessary. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Two boys imagine an adventure in the kingdoms of Thatchwych and High Dudgeon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIR SETH THISTLETHWAITE AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CAVES by Richard Thake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"The potential strength of this presentation would be as a read-aloud to grade-schoolers, who would, no doubt, enjoy the difficulties the adult reader would encounter, wading through all the wacky words. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Two imaginative 10-year-old boys embark on a disbelief-suspending adventure in this second of a series. Read full book review >

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APPRECIATIONS
by Gregory McNamee

“Men are often taken, like rabbits, by the ears,” observed the British literary critic F.L. Lucas. He added, “And though the tongue has no bones, it can break millions of them.” Yes, it can: we live in an age of broken bones, one in which the power-hungry are grabbing at—well, ears, if nothing else, by which we ...


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WINTER WINNERS
by Julie Danielson

It may not be winter yet, but the cozy, winter picture books are already on shelves. I’ve two on my mind today, Snow Scene and When the Moon Comes, that make me long to see snowflakes.

I’m really glad that long-time editor Richard Jackson decided to start penning picture books. He has written four thus far (Have a Look, Says ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HAM THE ASTROCHIMP by Richard Hilliard
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

Paying tribute to the "first truly intelligent being" in space, Hilliard traces the flight and later life of the chimpanzee sent aloft in a Mercury capsule in 1961. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLIM AND JIM by Richard Egielski
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"A heavily battered typeface adds to the generally raffish air of this droll, action-packed (and very silly) modern fable. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Channeling Aesop through Charles Dickens, Egielski (Locust Pocus! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLAVERY by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Contradictory statements, sweeping generalizations, and a general lack of focus make this history of slavery more an eye-glazer than an eye-opener. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADELINA’S WHALES by Richard Sobol
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Accessible on many levels, it gives a personal face to conservation. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
Photojournalist Sobol contrasts ten-year-old Adelina Mayoral's life in a Mexican fishing village with that of the gray whales that spend three months in the water just offshore. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE MAGIC BALLS by Richard Egielski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Children can ponder further adventures, as Rudy seems to do when he purchases the balls on payday. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Once again, the team that created Buz (1995) and Jazper (1998) hangs imaginative, eye-catching art on a slight story line. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"In this package, hope, purpose and inspiration are neatly rolled into one. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sobol provides a fine overview of the sorry state of wildlife in Africa today, and the immense amount of work that needs to be done to save even a fraction of what once was. Read full book review >

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JAZPER by Richard Egielski
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"When Jazper's father wants him to just be himself for a while, so he does, in a very reassuring ending. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With all signs of a fervent—perhaps febrile—imagination intact, Egielski (The Gingerbread Boy, 1997, etc.) once again dovetails highly finished, brightly painted illustrations with a manic text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS BOOK IS OUT OF CONTROL! by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"It's finally OK for kids to press buttons! This interactive story will empower, educate, and entertain young readers who are on the path to independent reading. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The act of reading a picture book has never gotten so out of control. Read full book review >