Search Results: "Riina and Sami Kaarla"


BOOK REVIEW

MOOMIN AND THE LOST BELONGINGS by Riina and Sami Kaarla
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2013

"Should future updates improve the navigation, add the complete text and correct the huge typo on the title screen, this will be a Moominmust. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
New Moominapps are always welcome, but this one's not quite ready for prime time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMI AND THE TIME OF THE TROUBLES by Florence Parry Heide
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 20, 1992

"An outstanding book that, fortunately, is already somewhat out of date; an explanatory note would have been useful to young readers trying to put this in context. (Picture book. 6+)"
``It is a time of guns and bombs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLUG AND THE PADDYWHACKS by Scholar & Saint
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"Especially for an app aimed at young readers, it's a pleasant surprise that its subtext of loss and redemption is so resonant. So what if it's wrapped in an accessible, candy-colored package? (iPad storybook app. 4-12)"
A surprisingly deep story about freedom and rebellion wrapped in a cuddly adventure featuring space creatures, this episodic app so far is on the right track. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PERIWINKLE SMITH AND THE FARAWAY STAR by John & Wendy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"The cover, with its spray of sparkly stars behind a balletically posed girl will accurately and instantly tell susceptible young readers all they need to know about what's inside. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Another sugar rush from the creators of Periwinkle Smith and the Twirly, Whirly Tutu (2009), featuring an urchin with button eyes, no nose, a huge hair bow and an outsized fund of determination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

God, Religion, Science, Nature, Culture, and Morality by Yemant and Friends
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A wide-ranging, entirely commendable explication of the humanist worldview."
A thoroughgoing examination of life, the universe, and everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADOWS SPEAK IN RIDDLES by Sami Gjoka
Released: March 24, 2011

"Sometimes gentle, sometimes harsh and often insightful, Gjoka's poems take readers on a journey, leading them to new insights and helping them see the world through a unique perspective."
Gjoka's first book of poems in English offers readers a rare chance to see the small moments of life through another's eyes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I, MIGRANT by Sami Shah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Humor at its most vigorous and unsparing."
A Pakistani-born comic's account of how he sought salvation in stand-up comedy and then found a new home in Australia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

We Shall Meet In Other Deaths by Sami Gjoka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Inconsistent but valuable for its mythologizing of the Kosovar struggle to exist."
This poetry collection veers between subjects ranging from war in the Balkans to misanthropy at a bar. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2006

"A wise and witty display of one relationship's hits and misses."
A mother and son recount the latter's coming out with humor and aplomb. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YUCK'S PET WORM AND YUCK'S ROTTEN JOKE by Matt and Dave
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"Parents might think of the book as therapy. It will help their children survive the battles they fight every day. (Chapter book. 7-10)"
This book has one surefire selling point: No adult will be able to stand it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION

"A solid work that piques the curiosity and encourages deeper investigation. Most admirably, it steers clear of vanity, and onto a course designed to promote a healthy, high-quality life."
Rouzier, a physician, and Constance, a freelance science writer, collaborate in this well-structured guide to the benefits of natural hormonal replacement therapy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YUCK'S FART CLUB AND YUCK'S SICK TRICK by Matt and Dave
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Regardless of the permissiveness of their parents, children of a certain age will flock to this book. (Humor. 7-10)"
This British import is something of a psychological test; parents who read it will find out exactly how permissive they are. Read full book review >