Search Results: "Angelo Mafucci"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A sublime blend of education and entertainment. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Roth offers the story of the first written music for young readers. Read full book review >

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TWO MOMS, THE ZARK, AND ME by Johnny Valentine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"An entertaining way to state a message that's more straightforwardly conveyed in photos of actual families in Aylette Jenness's Families: A Celebration of Diversity, Commitment and Love (1990). (Picture book. 4-8)"
While his moms chat with a friend in the park, the narrator (in spritely verse that emulates Dr. Seuss with somewhat mixed success) wanders into the zoo, where ``...I saw a tame Zark./The Zark is so rare,/They once thought it extinct./But the Zark seemed to like me./She saw me...and winked.'' After a friendly game of catch with the dinosaur-like Zark (the kid is the ball), he realizes he's lost; worse, the McFinks, who volunteer to help him find his parents, are horrified that they are both moms (``It's wrong! Read full book review >

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Teller's Tale: The Journals of Esoph by Angelo Verdelli
Released: Jan. 16, 2013

"An exciting, highly readable fantasy adventure that explores life's deep questions."
This pairing of the first two books in Verdelli's planned six-part YA fantasy saga tells of gods, kings and kids from South Portland. Read full book review >

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CORPORATE MESSIAH by Angelo Spadoni
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2014

"An ambitious, complex rewrite of the ground rules of science and religion."
In Spadoni's debut novel, a successful businessman reveals himself as a man from the future and lays out a new outlook on science and strategies to save the human race from ruin. Read full book review >

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FLIP'S FANTASTIC JOURNAL by Angelo DeCesare
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"DeCesare avoids the re-entry problem when Flip returns to planet Earth from his imaginings, and so as an inspirational guide for would-be writers this book loses a step, but there is no contest when it comes to which of Flip's two Saturdays readers will want to share with him. (Picture book. 6-9)"
DeCesare has worked a canny little trick with this encourage-readers-to-write book. Read full book review >

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FIRST FAMILIES by Bonnie Angelo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Somewhat arbitrarily organized but constantly revealing and intimate, a must for any political junkie's personal bookshelf."
A sweeping panorama of family life on Pennsylvania Avenue. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 1992

"There is a difference between intelligence and voyeurism'')—but the tone of tolerant amusement removes any sense of urgency; in fact, one might see this study as a subtle apologia for agencies that sometimes defy Congress and act with little control."
Intelligence gathering explained and critiqued by Codevilla (Senior Research Fellow/Hoover Institution). Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF JESUS by Sophie Piper
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"A brief but thorough introduction to a complex subject. (Religion. 5-10)"
The story of the life of Jesus is retold for school-age children using a small, attractive format that will be popular for the gift market. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1997

"His tendency to condemn absolutely, eliminating all nuance or complexity from social analysis, gives Codevilla an edge in the competition and should amuse readers who can appreciate his willingness to set reality aside in pursuit of seductive generalizations."
Proof that even the most promising topic can be drained of meaning by a heavy-handed ideological analysis. Read full book review >

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HORSE by Malachy Doyle
ANIMALS
Released: June 17, 2008

"A beautiful book for equine lovers of all ages, storytime and up. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Similar in look and feel to the duo's well-received Cow (2002), this offering follows a foal from his dam's patient waiting, through his birth and first romp in spring pasture, his furry-coated winter and, finally, the day he's first haltered and his training begins. Read full book review >