Books by Anna DiVito

A KIDS' GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION  by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A patchy, unusually wrong-footed outing from the deservedly esteemed historian. (maps, index, source list) (History. 10-13)"
A portrait of the Revolutionary War as a family spat that got out of hand. Read full book review >
A KIDS' GUIDE TO AMERICA'S FIRST LADIES by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An inspirational lot, overall, of women who have 'enhanced our country in many resplendent ways.' (selected sources, index) (Collective biography. 10-14)"
Frank profiles of 45 women who, for the most part, made the best of a "weird job." Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Some recommendations for further reading or Web viewing wouldn't have been amiss, but the steady course steered here between the empty hype and numbing barrages of undigested fact offered by similar titles earns it above average marks. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Younger readers with an affinity for all creatures green and scaly will linger over both the sharply detailed photos and the easy but specific text in this three-part Q&A. Holub poses and answers about a half-dozen similar questions for each type of reptile—how many kinds are there? Read full book review >
WHY DO HORSES NEIGH? by Joan Holub
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The amount of information covered in a simple, interesting way makes this an excellent introduction to this popular topic. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Holub (Why Do Rabbits Hop?, below, etc.) continues her series of easy readers focusing on a particular animal with this offering that will be popular with the younger faction of the horse-crazy set. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"The wider topic with this format does not work quite as well as the other volumes in Holub's series, but the newly fluent reader interested in furry little critters will still find this an interesting and informational read. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Using the same question-and-answer format as her previous entries in this easy reader series, Holub (Why Do Horses Neigh?, above, etc.) offers some basic information about rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils. Read full book review >
WHY DO DOGS BARK? by Joan Holub
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A companion volume is available: Why Do Cats Meow? (ISBN 0-8037-2503-5) (Easy reader. 5-8)"
The only hesitation readers might have about this easy-to-read gathering of dog information is that the answers are a little too pat, without room for doubt or suggestion. Read full book review >
STRIKING IT RICH by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Beginning readers will cherish this brand of history. (maps) (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
History in highly congenial style—wit sizzles in both text and illustration—marks this entry in the Ready-to-Read series a winner. Read full book review >
I WANT ANSWERS AND A PARACHUTE by P.J. Petersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"DiVito's frequent b&w illustrations resemble Sue Truesdell's in style; though they don't match Truesdell's impeccable eye and witty characterizations, they add nicely to the humor. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Matt and his little brother Jason fly from Phoenix to visit Dad and his new wife and stepdaughter in San Francisco, they're determined to be on their best behavior; meanwhile, Dad, wanting to make it a gala occasion, has planned a heavy two days of sightseeing. Read full book review >