Search Results: "Sam Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KIDS' SUMMER FUN BOOK by Claire  Gillman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"There are some worthwhile projects here, but many don't come cheap and most require more skill and supervision than the text recommends. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
For nervous parents facing endless summer days and kids who have the "I'm bored" bug, this is a mixed bag of activities, games, crafts and recipes that will help stave off the doldrums. Read full book review >

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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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BOOK REVIEW

OTTER IN SPACE by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Lively, giggle-producing proof that imaginative play is just as good as getting to the moon. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Having previously opened a toast restaurant (I Am Otter, 2014), an otter ups the ante and shoots for the moon.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY SPORTS by Sam Bosma
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 14, 2015

"Whether sports fans, fantasy enthusiasts, or just comics lovers, readers will be eager for more adventures with this unlikely duo.(Graphic fantasy. 12-18)"
A young wizard apprentice and a brutish tomb raider rebound from a deadly pickup game. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUNNY AND BEE PLAYTIME by Sam  Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"The offering would have been better served in a larger picture-book edition with more pages to allow the delightful illustrations and the simple story room to breathe. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two toddlers, one costumed as a bunny and another like a bee, are the best of friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ART BARN by Sam Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"Substitute any of the more realistic and genuinely engaging introductions to preschool routines that are available. (Board book. 2-4)"
Busy art featuring cartoonish stuffed animals introduces young children to typical preschool activities in whimsical Noah's Park, a sort of combination theme park and preschool. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH NO, BATH TIME! by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Not a keeper of an early reader. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Otter enjoys playing outside with Teddy but doesn't enjoy baths—at first. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM OTTER by Sam Garton
Kirkus Star
by Sam Garton, illustrated by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2014

"Hysterical. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bright and hilarious escapade about an otter who, bored while her owner's at work, opens a toast restaurant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCARE SCAPE by Sam  Fisher
by Sam Fisher, illustrated by Sam Bosma
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Fans of spooky fiction and comics will be in a dark and happy place—especially when they learn there's a sequel due in 2014. (Horror. 8-12)"
Wishes can come back to bite you...especially when they're granted. Read full book review >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BUSY BUILDERS by Sam Hearn
by Sam Hearn, illustrated by Sam Hearn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Construction-crazy toddlers and preschoolers will find plenty here to enjoy. (Board book. 2-5)"
An animal construction crew gets busy building a school. Read full book review >