Search Results: "Sam Ita"


BOOK REVIEW

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA by Sam Ita
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Still, an undeniably cool and quick introduction to an otherwise stuffy classic. (Pop-up/graphic classic. 10-14)"
Graphic storytelling and pop-up technology combine to deliver a fast-paced, flashy rendition of the Jules Verne classic. Read full book review >

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THE ODYSSEY by Sam Ita
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Homer himself would be agog. (Pop-up classic. 10-13)"
A highlight-reel version of Odysseus' journey home, framed as a graphic novel and plastered with fantastically dramatic pop-ups and other special effects. Read full book review >

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RORY & ITA by Roddy Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2002

"A sweet, inoffensive, rambling oral history of a writer's respectable, hardworking, warmly dignified parents. Marriage never sounded quite so good."
The Booker Prize-winner and the Irish working-class's Marcel Proust (A Star Called Henry, 1999, etc.) offers a nonfiction account of his parents' reminiscences "about the people they were before they were my parents," continuing through WWII and into their senior years. Read full book review >

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SAM SHEPARD by John J. Winters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A thorough, admiring work that is nonetheless honest about what the author views as Shepard's late-career decline."
A journalist who has devoted years to Shepard's life and works debuts with a comprehensive account of the life of the prolific playwright, poet, fiction writer, musician, and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNEAKY SAM by Josh Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2012

"Keep an eye on this kid; one can only hope he'll sneak his way into another story or two. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A brief but endearing tale about a mischievous little boy. Read full book review >

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JACKHAMMER SAM by Peter Mandel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"An endearing ode to an oft-grumbled-about profession. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"ATTA-RATTA-BATTA-BLAM." Read full book review >

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SUPER SAM! by Lori Ries
by Lori Ries, illustrated by Sue Ramá
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Imaginative and fun, Sam's antics will amuse and possibly inspire young listeners. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Brief text and bright, bouncy illustrations combine to create an appealing, if slight, story. Read full book review >

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FIDDLIN' SAM by Marianna Dengler
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"Gerig's watercolors deliver the scenic beauty of the region and carry their own version of a familial tribute. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a family memoir of the most affecting kind, readers are invited to a long-ago time in the Ozark Mountains and the story of a musician who owned "the clothes on his back and a fine old lionhead fiddle." Read full book review >

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ZOOMAN SAM by Lois Lowry
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Fans of the Sam books may find satisfaction in the nicely foreshadowed but still unanticipated punch line. (Fiction. 7-12)"
For "Future Job Day" at Sam Krupnik's nursery school, the four-year-olds have been instructed to dress up as representatives of their desired profession. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM SORTS by Marthe Jocelyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A deceptively simple, joyous introduction to set theory, with lots of other concept practice as a bonus. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Sam's got a mess, but he knows how to have fun cleaning it up: sorting it! Read full book review >

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Firefightin' Sam by Michael J. Hughes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"Hughes is to be commended, and his book recommended, for balancing its realism with its positive message."
This debut YA novel about an aspiring firefighter aims to entertain and inform young readers while also keeping them on the straight and narrow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ATTABOY, SAM! by Lois Lowry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Anastasia's little brother, whose infant point of view was explored in All About Sam (1988), is now a preschooler whose wit and persistence mark him as precocious, but who is still winningly typical in such details as the messy results of mixing mustard and ketchup on his hotdog. Read full book review >