Reviews of our publications
“Students looking for a heart-pounding set of books to read may latch onto the True Crime Library series, with its stories of murder, kidnapping, and terror. The series is remarkably up-to-date, even including information on the Sandy Hook shootings, and while the people featured may be unsavory, the research is solid and thorough … The maps, photographs, and real-life stories make for compelling reading, with lots of specifics about the methods of combatting today’s pirates. Each title features photos and case files, and includes good lists for further reading. For better or worse, this series features very few women.”
Responsible Gun Ownership
"…provides current or prospective young gun owners and others with plenty of food for thought."
"The Top Chefs series covers such well-known names as Rachael Ray and Wolfgang Puck, but what chef could be more interesting to read about than the wild man of the kitchen, Gordon Ramsay? The son of an abusive, alcoholic father, young Ramsay knew that perhaps the only way to win his father’s approval was to become a soccer player for the Glasgow team. He was on his way to doing just that until injuries sidelined him. A fortuitous job opening at a restaurant started him on his career as a master chef and television star. Anyone who has seen Hell’s Kitchen or his other TV shows knows that Ramsay doesn’t suffer fools gladly. This thorough, well-written bio explores some of the reasons for his temper while also making clear his love of food. Sidebars explain concepts like Michelin stars and give definitions of gourmet food. The many color photos are sharp and interesting—especially the ones of the Ramsay family."
Our Best Friends
"The Our Best Friends" series continues to be an ideal resource for those kids (or even adults) looking for a cradle-to-grave primer on responsible per ownership. With page lengths exceeding 100, these offer far more than the customary cursory enticements and warnings usually aimed at first-time animal caregivers, with in-depth information on health issues and extensive explainations of the various types of species. All entries in the series are heavy on text, but it's well formatted and broken up with vivid photographs and fascinating "Fast Facts"
Learn to Play
"Budding musicians of all ages will eagerly welcome this series…is a highly recommended purchase for school and public libraries aloke, especially those with a dedicated music collection."
"Harking all the way back to the ancient and mysterious
days of druidism at sites such as Stonehenge, this is a matter-of-fact look at the history–and persecution–of
witches and practitioners of neopagan religions, as well as what it means to be such a practitioner in the
modern world...various diagrams (the Wiccan calendar, for example) or copies of artwork from various historical periods. The focus here is, refreshingly, on Wicca and witchcraft as a religion, not as a fad. Interesting and well researched."
A Girl's Guide
"Renaissance-era self-portraits to favorite filters, Salzberg serves up all things selfie in seven breezy chapters. After a brief introduction to the phenomenon (starting with the birth of photography, in 1839), Salzberg provides recommendations for face-only photos and full-body shots, proper lighting, scenic backdrops, group pics, and editing. But it’s not all smize-ing (smiling with your eyes) and squads; this guidebook offers cautionary advice, too...the timely topic, full-color photos, vibrant page layouts, and list of further resources are sure to hook fledgling photogs and social-media-savvy tweens."
American Politics Today
"This clearly written, straightforward guide to U.S. presidential elections introduces the original constitutional framework for the process... a useful guide to the process of electing U.S. presidents."