Search Results: "Adria Meserve"


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SMOG THE CITY DOG by Adria Meserve
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Simply, Meserve's debut is a taste but not a feast. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Billed as a retelling of an Aesop's fable, The Dog and His Shadow, this update follows the trail of a hungry dog along a city waterway. Read full book review >

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NO ROOM FOR NAPOLEON by Adria Meserve
ANIMALS
Released: April 4, 2006

"It all seems a little too easy, and parts of this, such as how Napoleon recruits a volunteer workforce simply through force of personality, may be over the heads of younger readers, but the idea that reckless development is bad for the environment comes through loud and clear. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this pointed allegory, an aptly named dog "with very big ideas" persuades the animal residents of an idyllic island to convert all of the local resources into a mountain for him to perch atop, then repents when the laborers decamp to the next island paradise over. Read full book review >

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CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME? by Jessica Meserve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"Shout yee-haw for cowboy Jack, who finally finds his voice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Jack's boisterous family, ranch life is one noisy stampede with the boy trampled in the shuffle. Read full book review >

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SMALL SISTER by Jessica Meserve
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2007

"Meserve's digital-media illustrations create the child-like vibrancy and immediacy necessary to bring to life this poignant tale of finding one's strengths and establishing relationships based on empathy and understanding. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Meserve's debut as both author and illustrator will resonate with older and younger siblings alike. Read full book review >

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OPENWORK by Adria Bernardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Bernardi is a prodigious talent, but this time she attempts to do too much."
More slices of Italian immigrant life and heritage from Drue-Heinz winner Bernardi. Read full book review >

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IN THE GATHERING WOODS by Adria Bernardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"Folkloric at first, and full of Italian phrases (translated), Bernardi's somber stories have the outlines of a grand family saga but settle for the minor pleasures of competent ethnic fiction."
Bernardi, a translator and historian (Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois, 1990), quickly follows her first novel (The Day Laid on the Altar, p. 813) with this Drue Heinz prize-winning collection of stories, set both in suburban Chicago and in the Italian town her family comes from. Read full book review >

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Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A first-rate and undaunted protagonist easily carries this brisk crime tale—and ongoing series."
A TV news reporter finds a great story—and a mystery—when someone starts stealing from Los Angeles' wealthiest homeowners. Read full book review >

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GOOD SAM by Dete Meserve
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Somewhat formulaic but still a solid feel-good romance sparked with mystery."
In this novel, a California TV reporter covers a good Samaritan story while deciding whether to pursue a new relationship or go back to her ex-fiance. Read full book review >

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THE DAY LAID ON THE ALTAR by Adria Bernardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A fine, contemplative work, languorously exploring the passionate impetus to create."
An unusually constructed, polished novel by Bernardi (the forthcoming In the Gathering Woods) offers the stories of three separate Italian Renaissance artists, providing a meditative study on art and life of the time. Read full book review >

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DAISY DAWSON IS ON HER WAY! by Steve Voake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Meserve's abundant comical sketches add bounce to this already-sweet wisp of a tale that gladdens the heart. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Daisy, small for her age, has a big imagination, one that often leads her to dawdling during flights of fancy. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURES IN AFRICA by Gianni Celati
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A disappointing account that insists on raising expectations, only to dash them at every opportunity."
Snapshots of western Africa, taken from the journal of an Italian writer on tour. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"In a market glutted with books for newbie brothers and sisters, this is one that stands apart. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The never-ceasing flow of new-baby books gets an imaginative jolt in this clever and creative title. Read full book review >