Search Results: "Robert Blecker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DEATH OF PUNISHMENT by Robert Blecker
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"While many will dismiss his viewpoint, Blecker presents a strong case with legalistic rigor on some of the darkest questions facing society."
Arresting fusion of memoir and jeremiad, arguing for a punitive approach toward the worst perpetrators of social violence, amid a general overhaul of attitudes toward criminality. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford

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BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT CROWTHER'S POP-UP DINOSAUR ABC by Robert Crowther
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"From Allosaurus to Zuniceratops, a mix of familiar standbys and new or rare finds with bite-sized facts for confirmed dinomanes. (Informational pop-up book. 6-8)"
Twenty-six dinos rear up, unfold or slide into view in a pop-up prehistoric procession. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE HOUSE by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A selective but resplendent tour. (Informational pop-up. 6-9)"
White House high spots, presented with 3-D flair by the archon of paper architects. Read full book review >

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A BUNNY IN THE BALLET by Robert Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Alas, not the stuff of dreams for balletomane readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Toe shoes and tutus are the stuff of dreams for a rabbit. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON & THE KNIGHT by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"With Sabuda, it's hard to set expectations too high or wide, but here he rides triumphantly roughshod over them anyway. (Pop-up picture book. 5-9)"
Sabuda gives the usual relationship between story and picture a hefty tweak in this pop-up romp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Sleep, Cher Ami, sleep!' (Picture book. 5-9)"
During World War I, the U.S. Army relied on a flock of 600 carrier pigeons to send messages back to headquarters from troops in the field, and one, Cher Ami, became famous for saving the "Lost Battalion," which had been trapped behind enemy lines. Read full book review >

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THE DREAMKEEPER by Robert Ingpen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2006

"Many authors have produced less than good results trying to make a homespun family tale into a published creature; this one works. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Written as a letter to his granddaughter and full of lovely rhetorical and visual flourishes, Ingpen describes the fellow "who catches our bad dreams when they try to escape to become real." Read full book review >

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SAINT FRANCIS AND THE CHRISTMAS DONKEY by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lovely. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Inspired by the story of St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OPPOSITES by Robert Crowther
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Though as several of the moving models are stiff or fragile, his latest offering earns low marks for durability. (Toy book. 3-6)"
Only the crocodile, toothily demonstrating OPEN and SHUT, remains from popup veteran Crowther's Most Amazing Hide & Seek Book of Opposites (1985); otherwise, using big, bright, simple collages, he creates a new set of animals and objects that move—often in sudden, toddler-pleasing ways—to demonstrate various contrasting states. Read full book review >

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GARBAGE by Robert Maass
by Robert Maass, photographed by Robert Maass
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"The pictures may be a match for anything else on the subject, but for informational purposes stick with the many more narrowly focused books for younger children on recycling, waste, and sanitation careers. (glossary) (Picture book nonfiction. 7-9)"
A better photographer than writer, Maass (Tugboats, 1997) matches bright, revealing color photographs of trash and garbage (he doesn't distinguish between the two) on its way from lunch table to either landfill or backyard compost pile, with a series of impersonal generalities that rob the journey of most of its interest or educational value. Read full book review >