Search Results: "Simon Leys"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DEATH OF NAPOLEON by Simon Leys
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Tiny, little, miniature, pleasant enough historical fable with a twist."
Translated from its original French and published previously in England: a novella-length entertainment chronicling the imagined life of Napoleon after St. Read full book review >

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ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS! by Annette Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A lot of eructation, with a little education. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The mechanical rivals of Robot Zombie Frankenstein! (2012) go for the full "alphabelch" in this effervescent return. Read full book review >

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NURSE CLEMENTINE by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Pleasant pictures for pretend-play fanatics; a sweet story for siblings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Clementine receives a first-aid kit (complete with otoscope, tongue depressor and reflex hammer!) as a birthday present and assumes a new identity: Nurse Clementine. Read full book review >

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SEYMOUR SIMON'S EXTREME EARTH RECORDS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A dozen earthly gems, buffed high by Simon. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Simon adds another to his mammoth body of swinging, smart science books for kids. Read full book review >

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WHERE IN THE WORLD by Simon French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A slow voice weaving between past and present characterizes this thoughtful piece about music, family, and memories. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A quietly told story about relationships between a boy and his grandfather (Opa) and between music and memories. Read full book review >

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EYES AND EARS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Not bad overall, but not as good as it could be, and there's a wealth of material recently published on these topics. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Distilling complicated scientific information to primary-grade level is never easy, and Simon (Amazing Aircraft, not reviewed, etc.), widely known for his work on a broad range of topics, makes some unfortunate errors in this account of how we hear and see. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMELS DON'T SKI by Francesca Simon
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Readers will enjoy one go-around, but this story from Simon (see review, above) is probably too one-note and simplistic for repeat readings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Calamity, a camel with a peevish attitude about her life in a caravan, trades in her heavy packs for a colder climate and skis and soon yearns for her former life. Read full book review >

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CALLING ALL TODDLERS by Francesca Simon
Released: March 1, 1999

"An exuberant celebration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This tribute overflows with the gleeful, impassioned zest that is part and parcel of being a toddler. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GUTS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Simon's books remain blessedly free of distracting sidebars and other trendy bells and whistles, and that simplicity in itself may be one of the keys to his enduring success. (Nonfiction. 5-12)"
Guts has a lot going for it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEALTH
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The same science savvy and enthusiasm that has made Simon's titles on the universe so popular has been turned inward to uncover extraordinary facts about the human body. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8+)"
``Make a fist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEATHER by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Generally competent and certainly attractive, but not Simon's best. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Remarking that ``nothing about the weather is very simple,'' Simon goes on to describe how the sun, atmosphere, earth's rotation, ground cover, altitude, pollution, and other factors influence it; briefly, he also tells how weather balloons gather information. Read full book review >