The "Good Dog, Carl" books are among the very best picture books I have ever found. I am a teacher and I use them constantly with my reluctant and struggling readers. They are great for teaching story retell, picture clues, prediction, and inferences.
Any book by Alexandra Day is worth owning, but the Carl books are outstanding. As a teacher I use them with reluctant and at-risk readers; as a (hopefully) soon to be grandmother I am collecting them all for my son's future contributions to the family.
I grew up on Andre Norton and was really looking forward to reading some new ones. I was very disappointed by this book, and the others I ordered with Sherwood Smith. They are terrible. They are so consciously PC that they border on the idiotic (frontier traders constantly finding themselves in life-threatening situations that don't carry weapons?), the characters are completely out of character, and the excitement of exploring the unknown has been replaced by the melodrama of the soap opera.
If you are a Pratchett fan you know this trilogy will delight and amuse. If you are new to his work you are in for a treat. Like P.G. Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett is one of a kind, blending unparalleled humor with a delightful mixed-up jumble of philosophy, science, and fairy tale. As always, pick up a Terry Pratchett novel and prepare to laugh.
Fatal Terrain is a 1997 techno-thriller novel written by Dale Brown. It is set a few weeks after the ending of Shadows of Steel.
Despite the liberal posters and armchair military experts, I loved this book! Sure, many of the weapons and situations are fictional .
The excessive military jargon was almost humorous and actually fun to read. Brown makes sure you know what all the acronyms mean. The situations and flight duals with jets and missiles were great. The plot had some great twists.It had me looking up all the different aircraft used. A fun and hard to put down book, I would highly recommend it!
The illustrations are cute, though nothing special. I was disappointed in the book,overall. I got it to use with my kindergarten class, but probably won't read it again. There really isn't any lesson or skill I can tie it to.