Search Results: "Alessandra Bastagli"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOXER by Jurek Becker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Early experimentation by a gifted German voice."
Recent translation of a 1976 semi-fantastic novel by the late Becker (Jakob the Liar, 1996, etc.), a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who opted to stay in Germany after WWII. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 11, 2007

"The infinite and the ineffable, portrayed with singular wit and charm."
Universal mysteries and the legacy of world war are imaginatively transfigured in this beguiling collection of the late (1919-87) Italian polymath's short fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IS IT SUKKOT YET? by Chris Barash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A suitable introduction for young children to the holiday. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Autumnal signs of leaves changing, squirrels foraging and hiding acorns, and cool breezes blowing announce another Jewish fall tradition: the harvest holiday of Sukkot. Read full book review >

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IS IT PASSOVER YET? by Chris Barash
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"A joyful and inviting prelude to the weeklong celebration and observance. (Picture book/religion. 3-5)"
Spring's arrival ushers in budding trees, chirping birds, and the sprucing up of house and home that lets Jewish children know the holiday of Passover is almost upon them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IS IT HANUKKAH YET? by Chris Barash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Though it is not for every Jewish household, this Hanukkah book for the very young has its place. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Wintry scenes form the background for anticipation of the upcoming weeklong celebration of Hanukkah. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY MONSTER BURRUFU by Alberto Corral
Released: April 4, 2011

"Could use a final polishing, but the tale shines with lively prose and engaging illustrations."
In Corral's gentle debut novel, 7-year-old Olivia moves to a rambling old house with her writer dad and discovers to her delight that a secret attic room is inhabited by a shy, lonely, cookie-loving monster with a secret: He's a writer, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Memories as elemental as stones, for sure—of food, love, places, children, childhood, longing."
A floodtide of microstories that aim to catch—as turning points, emotive instances or sheer imagery—moments in Grigsby's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OSWALD THE BIG by Alessandra  Henke
by Alessandra Henke, illustrated by Marta Dal Corso, developed by WARE'S ME
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 23, 2012

"Oswald seems likable enough, but aside from a few design flourishes, his story doesn't end up living large in the imagination the way a memorable hippo's should. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A lazy hippo learns to lead a more active life through his love of dance in this cheery but ultimately middling story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GIFT FOR THE CHRIST CHILD by Tina Jahnert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The illustrations of curly-haired Miriam help bring her character to life: a barefooted little girl with a lamb, a doll, and a blanket, and a wish to be important to her family. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The well-worn theme of bringing gifts for the baby Jesus receives a new twist in this gentle Christmas story, because the giver of this gift is a little girl named Miriam. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"A spirited, passionate account of a man who deserves his own film, starring Anthony Quinn."
The life of a great movie producer inevitably ends up being more about the movies than the man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SIXTH STATION by Linda Stasi
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Stasi trots out the usual tricks in this provocative but often clunky thriller that spotlights an evil conspiracy and a slightly past-her-prime reporter who chases a murky truth through numerous time zones, leaving the bad guys scrambling to keep their nefarious plans intact."
Media talking head and newspaper columnist Stasi pens a conspiracy thriller that chases the legend of a terrorist who might be more than he seems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROSSETTI LETTER by Christi Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2007

"A fairly romanticized view of history, yet an amiable first effort sure to appeal to the many fans of the genre."
A debut novel jumping between the saucy adventures of a 17th-century courtesan and the 21st-century academic researching her life. Read full book review >