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

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

HERBIE JONES SAILS INTO SECOND GRADE by Suzy Kline
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Sunny pen-and-ink illustrations brighten each page and make Herbie Jones's story easily read by the youngest reader. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Herbie Jones is back—but now he's in second grade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FURRY FRIENDS by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: March 11, 2009

"The differences are subtle, but interesting to explore—expressions, colors and number of features change, creating many avenues for conversation between grown-up and toddler as well as providing basic animal-identification opportunities. (18-36 mos.)"
An oversized book distinguished by SAMi's trademark clean design and use of die-cuts encourages toddlers to examine small differences in facial features and expressions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TRUMPET IN THE WADI by Sami Michael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A fresh take on a very old story: elegant and enriched with real understanding."
A vivid account of star-crossed lovers in the maelstrom of Middle Eastern politics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDPA BUD by Linda Wylie BearDen
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A matter-of-fact kids' book about coping with grief and working on a cow ranch."
In BearDen's debut children's book, a young boy remembers his recently deceased grandfather while visiting a ranch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Memorably captures in one man's story the hard work of peacemaking in the Middle East."
One Palestinian's tale, from Fatah fighter to prisoner to peace activist. 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

RIBBIT! by Bender & Bender
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"An associated website includes color sheets and games. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Produced by a graphic-design company, this three-layered split-page gallery costumes a big green frog in expertly photo-manipulated human gear and clothing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BABY BOB by Banjo & Sons
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"With only six screens, this story leaves much to be desired, both as a story for new readers and an interactive app. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
This storybook app for beginning readers provides plenty of exposure to simple rhyming words, but it uses few of the iPad's capabilities. 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

A CELEBRATION OF BEATRIX POTTER by Frederick Warne & Co.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Enjoyable perusing; best as an adult coffee-table book. (Nonfiction. 9-16)"
Alongside some of Beatrix Potter's own work, 32 contemporary author/illustrators each offer a testimonial and a piece of original art in homage to this grande dame of children's books. Read full book review >