Search Results: "Richard Walker"


BOOK REVIEW

UTTERLY AMAZING HUMAN BODY by Richard Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Perfunctory to simplistic in content and anemic in special features, this effort is 'roughly the size' of an also-ran in a field crowded with better surveys. (Pop-up nonfiction. 8-10)"
A flurry of quick facts about human anatomy and development is given interactive enhancements. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO AM I?  by Richard Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A close look at the human animal—informative despite a severe lack of overall context. (review questions, personality test, multimedia resource list) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A broad overview of what makes us tick and, more superficially, what makes us human. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Richard Walker
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Thus beveled and streamlined, the tale has lost some of its pungency, but, with artwork that has the color quality of old frescoes, and characters full of personality (even with dots for eyes), this remains a rousing adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Walker's modernized retelling of Jack's adventure up the beanstalk makes a fine counterpoint to the Beneduce/Spirin collaboration (see review, above); it's been tamed and trimmed to a jaunty pace and filled with lively humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAY WE WORK by David Macaulay
HEALTH
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Though it's an unlikely choice for a little light reading, the accuracy, detail and depth of information make this an essential addition to most collections. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
In the same style as The Way Things Work (1988), lively, vivid colored-pencil illustrations accompany a very detailed text explaining the design and function of the human body. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HURRY UP, ALFIE! by Anna Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Some days parents end up a crumpled heap on the floor—Alfie shows why! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boisterous crocodile does not want to get dressed in the morning. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SEASON IN SPAIN by Ann Walker
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A compelling inducement to cook—or to book a flight to Spain. (Maps, line art.)"
Travelogue, cookbook, wine guide, diners' journal, and a sampling of annual festivals: Region by region and season by season (grape harvest, pruning, bud-break), the Walkers (he: a San Francisco food-and-wine writer; she: a caterer) trace their travels and recall with enthusiasm and style the friendly people, delicious food, memorable encounters, vineyards and cellars and wine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LOVE CHRISTMAS by Anna Walker
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"This would be an excellent choice for a toddler's first book about the Christmas season and could also serve as an early reader. (Picture book. 1-6)"
Ollie is a gray-striped animal, perhaps a toy rabbit or zebra. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST NUMBERS by Rob Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Designed to prompt discussion, these poorly designed titles will only perplex. (Board book. 2-4)"
This busy board book mixes large numerals, photographs and counting questions to dubious effect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LOVE MY MOM by Anna Walker
ANIMALS
Released: March 23, 2010

"A companion, I Love My Dad (ISBN: 978-1-4169-8319-4; April 2010), treats Ollie's relationship with his dad with a similarly light touch. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ollie B., a gray-and-white striped creature with long ears and floppy legs, tells readers just how he and his mom spend time together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEGGY by Anna Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Here's hoping that Peggy has many more big adventures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A charmer of a chicken has a big adventure in this import from Australia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Secondhand Summer by Dan Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"A picaresque coming-of-age tale with an often appealing hero."
When his father dies suddenly, an adolescent boy faces more than one kind of loss as he navigates the perilous path between childhood and maturity in a new city in Walker's debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FUNNY FACE by Anna Walker
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The delicacy of the bright gouache paintings skews this title to older toddlers, as babies are unlikely to note such details as the thieving dog, but for the right age child, it hits the spot. (Ages 18 mos.-3)"
Beginning with the entirely accurate premise that "[e]veryone can make a face," Walker then rings the changes on the different sorts of faces one might make. Read full book review >