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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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An ideologically motivated farrago of unsupported assertions."
Working from a flimsy premise, two feminist scholars make a bizarre attempt to recreate the beliefs and rituals of Qumran. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTER LOVES HALLOWEEN! by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"This one's a real treat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Halloween is coming, and Otter is taking the holiday quite seriously, picking out the best pumpkin, choosing an appropriately scary costume, and thoroughly decorating the house—but when trick-or-treaters come, she is in for an unexpected surprise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAIN by Sam Usher
Kirkus Star
by Sam Usher, illustrated by Sam Usher
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Bright, colorful joy for the rainiest of days. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Seeing the window beaded with morning raindrops, the white child narrator can't wait to get out into the wet, but Granddad says they should wait until the weather clears. Read full book review >

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THE BANDIT OF BARBEL BAY by Sam Bosma
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 19, 2016

"Fans will be breathing down Bosma's neck for the third. (Graphic fantasy. 12-18)"
Just as its predecessor, Fantasy Sports, Vol. 1, did, this manga-inspired volume features Wiz-Kid, a brown-skinned young female wizard apprentice, and Mug, a barbarous tomb raider. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNACK TIME by Sam Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Sweet but dull. (Board book. 2-3)"
Six little animal babies spend the day at Noah's Park. Read full book review >

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OTTER LOVES EASTER! by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A holiday tie-in that fails to deliver. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Garton continues his popular series about roly-poly Otter (I Am Otter, 2014, etc.) with this simple story about the joys of eating Easter candy and sharing (or not) with others. Read full book review >

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A HORSE CALLED HERO by Sam Angus
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"Adventure, a horse, faithfulness and truth—an arresting combination. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A horse named Hero inspires his young owner to heroics in this suspenseful coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUZZ RIFF by Sam Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Interesting people plot nonstop to hurt each other in interesting ways. Coming off his strong debut, Hill may have the makings of a powerhouse series."
Kicked out of his job as a mercenary for Shaw's Mercantile (Buzz Monkey, 2003), Top Kiernan is living the life of the world's most adrenaline-addicted librarian. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"A dedicated teacher sends a valentine to some charming students—and to himself."
Children's author Swope (The Krazees, 1997, etc.) chronicles his three years conducting writing workshops with a group of elementary-school students in Queens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS TIME IT'S NOT PERSONAL by Sam Hicken
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 2014

"A Science 101 manual that combines the inviting wonder of Carl Sagan with the dry wit of Stephen Hawking—a must-read for the scientifically curious."
A funny, irreverent tour through the salient points of scientific knowledge. Read full book review >