"Some of Fischman’s essays offer fascinating constructs. Others seem to be missing the legs of an argument... It should prove a largely worthwhile read for wilderness and nature enthusiasts."
"Given that this book confounds more often than it entertains, it’s unlikely that many readers will persevere to the end. "
"A cautionary tale about the ridiculous nature of putting animals in costumes. The story’s rhythm is infectious and the language-play fun. Some might be uncomfortable with the underlying messages, as imaginative play comes under fire here and the gendered approach can make the story more about masculine and feminine stereotypes."
"In this children's book, a meek dog summons his courage to rescue his owner when bullies threaten her. Duncan delivers her message in quatrains of definite rhyme and strong rhythm that accompany each spread of pages colorfully illustrated. The author’s style of using uppercase letters at the start of each new line, even mid-sentence, is jarring."
"Well-argued, expertly footnoted, and eye-opening, God and the Human Environment, is a thought-provoking synthesis of theological ideas that, if embraced, could have a positive and lasting impact on the world at large."
"In this endearing, quasi-science-fiction book for older children – and their parents – a young pigeon must grow up fast to fulfill his destiny. The smoothly written story is divided into short chapters. But even the saddest moments are infused with hope and any serious elements are over-shadowed by the humor permeating the book."
"A collection of papers, speeches and radio broadcasts by an eminent African leader, this book comprises writings on statistics, ethnic issues, education, governance, and other concerns central to life in Ghana..Although the readership will be limited, it is a noteworthy contribution to the annals of progress in Daasebre’s native land."
"Jiping Liu’s book, Liquid Explosives, presents a well-sourced summary of research developments in the field...Heavily academic, this book will serve as a helpful volume for industry experts and a handy and useful primer for engineering and science professionals looking to brush up on the basics before diving further into this specialized field."
"While children might have enjoyed the dog element, this is decidedly not a book for young readers, as the story contains detailed descriptions of sexual foreplay between spouses and mating between dogs. And most adults will find the story unconvincing due to the awkward dialogue."
"Human beings are Sussman's eponymous cosmic cancer: wasteful, violent, destructive, and so focused on short-term gratification that they refuse to acknowledge how close to the environmental and population abyss Earth is...the absence of concrete solutions makes this more of a jeremiad than a call to action."
"Marian Kiler Hall shares the real-life tale of an adopted Basset Hound named Harry in her enjoyable rhyming picture book Harry, My Dog...Harry proves a lovable character, and young children, who don’t care much about punctuation or the occasional flat rhyme, should enjoy this short, sweet story."
"This girl-power story of friendship, devotion, and self-discovery is as empowering as it is entertaining. Anni Moon and the Elemental Artifact is an extraordinary opening act in a promising series."
"It’s not as easy to forgive Howard for changing his focus midway through the book. The engrossing memoir slams to a halt after Howard has spent six weeks on the job, and the diary-style entries are replaced by several academic chapters about the history of the region… Although the personal story has great promise, the book ultimately disappoints."
“Narrated in the first person by a dog called Spunky, the book follows the actions of Spunky and four cats…this is a competently written story that will hold appeal for animal-loving mystery fans.”
"The story is cute and fast-paced but contains several flaws. Allen’s narrative is pleasant and may hold some appeal as a holiday story, but it could have benefited from a thorough edit."
"'Harvey’s Favorite Day' has real appeal. It’s a particularly good choice for children whose families are about to adopt a new dog, but its message of greeting big changes with joy makes this an appropriate pick for all young children, whether they have pets or not."
"'Official State Flowers and Trees: Their Unique Stories,' is an insightful excursion into the history of how the 50 states selected the flowers and trees they display on their emblems…The author has penned an excellent book that not only teaches readers something about their state flowers and trees, but keeps them entertained as it does so."
“In this age of hit-and-run dinners and busy parents too frenzied to focus on table etiquette, the book’s message is important, but the text needs some refining to reach its potential.”
"Based on real characters and the actual recovery of a family’s mule from a life-threatening injury, Dawn Ward’s The Adventures of Mac and Teckla: Teckla Gets Hurt is a picture book that delivers several worthy messages… the story depicts how the smaller pleasures the pair finds after Teckla’s injury… can still feel like adventure."
"Dye’s book is a sweeping synthesis of human evolution from some 36,000 years ago to the present. He draws upon climatology, geology, genetics, physical anthropology, and archaeology… Though based on outdated sources, Dye’s basic premise is still intriguing."