...for those who fear science will rob them of both God and Christian community, this work may offer much-needed hope that Christianity and science can coexist.
...keeps the detail in her candy-colored cartoons to a bare minimum: with characters this expressive and comic rhythms this sharp, why gild the lily? Bonus: “Is that wise, Pig?” makes an excellent family catchphrase.
Exercises include crate training a cat, ensuring tranquility in multicat or multi-animal homes, and safely clipping a cat’s claws. Cat lovers will appreciate the sensible advice and in-depth explanations of feline behavior.
Though told by two outsiders to the culture, this timely and well-crafted story will educate readers on the preciousness of potable water.
His rich palette and expressively drawn animals add warmth to an important message...Odd-couple stories are far from an endangered species, but this one’s worth making room for.
The energy of art and text move seamlessly down to nighttime—and a young reader’s nap or bedtime. Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story.
Yet as the acclaimed memoirist and travel writer knows well, the quest is what counts and here the focus is on the passionate conservationists he meets as he traces the birds’ migratory passage through southern Europe and the Balkans.
Double-page close-ups and unusual perspectives invite a cat’s-eye view. A “More About Cats” page reinforces the textual and visual focus on feline senses. Intriguing peek into the secret life of cats.
This is resolved in the best way possible and could, in the hands of a less refined writer, have become pat. MacLachlan’s treatment, however, is magical. A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness.
Dragon lovers—and all who enjoy being teased by playful disconnects between text and pictures—will be plenty happy indeed.
McLachlan shows an astute understanding of how to produce belly laughs in the young; this funny read-aloud would also be a terrific prelude to a zoo visit.
He has produced a polished, thoroughly entertaining history of Homo sapiens and its DNA in a manner that displays popular science writing at its best.
Razor Girl is vintage Hiaasen, in the very best way: darkly funny, unapologetically crazy, and more Florida than a flamingo eating a Cuban sandwich while singing a Jimmy Buffett song. (The odds of that flamingo ending up as a character in a forthcoming Hiaasen book, by the way, are actually pretty good.)
Holub’s run-of-the-mill kid-wants-a-pet tale is enlivened somewhat by the end and internal rhymes in the text...Even the most avid cat lovers may feel like giving this a miss.
...one curiosity is that Jane Goodall’s image never changes throughout the book...These issues aside, I Am Jane Goodall is definitely a book “full of living.”
As in the previous book, Brown’s hand-drawn text and scribble-covered mixed-media illustrations combine to create a story that feels intimately connected to the experiences and perspectives of its young audience.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde is as refreshing as a dip in the pool on a three-digit-scorcher, a brilliantly crafted tale and a whimsical take on the Sherlock Holmes brand.
Newly discovered manuscripts by revered authors hold out the promise of familiar, yet fresh, literary magic; in truth, though, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots is just a curious afterword to the 24 children's books Potter completed in her lifetime.
We act, decisively and immediately, or our grandchildren pay full price, with our children impotent to help them, if you believe this book. I am afraid I do.
While most kids will not know (or possibly even care about) the English Channel, they will find Norbert’s antics to get there mildly humorous, and they will appreciate his friends’ affectionate indulgence.