Search Results: "Anna Laura Cantone"


BOOK REVIEW

WHO STOLE MY HOUSE? by Barbara Veit
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp1973. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Aside from a protagonist with an engagingly goofy look (and wits to match), this inane tale has little to recommend it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WEDDING DRESS MESS by Beatrice Masini
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"This energetic Italian import may make a good gag gift for engaged couples—but not so great for its intended young audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A zealous seamstress very nearly misses out on her own wedding when she places the emphasis on her dress, not the occasion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HUNDRED HOURS OF NIGHT by Anna Woltz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"This won't linger, but it goes down smooth. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
A Dutch teen flees scandal at home for the bright lights of New York only to encounter Hurricane Sandy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AM I LIKE YOU? by Laura Erickson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"More a 21st-century meditation on selfhood than an encouragement to quiet observation. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A light-skinned, blond boy and his light-skinned, brown-haired mother wander through the woods, looking at birds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PECORINO PLAYS BALL by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Read this aloud, and set children, athletically gifted or otherwise, to laughing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having attended his First Concert (2005), young Pecorino Sasquatch now moves on to Little League, where, drowning in an outsized jersey and with the threats of massive Coach Credenza ringing in his ears, he struggles to at least look like he has a clue about how to play. Read full book review >

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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THREE LITTLE GHOSTIES by Pippa Goodhart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Fine fare altogether for young readers more comfortable with feigned fright than the real sort. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Goodhart spins several stanzas from a snatch of nursery rhyme with this tale of three ghosties, "eating burnt toasties, / telling big boasties" and then setting out to scare some "girlsies! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PECORINO’S FIRST CONCERT by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Cantone's scritchy collage illustrations, accented with bits of cotton and small photographs, perfectly fun-mirror the eccentric, googly-eyed, huge-nosed, projectile-breasted characters that inhabit Pecorino's silly, silly world. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sure, Pecorino Sasquatch is silly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COLOR MONSTER by Anna Llenas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Bright and buoyant. (Pop-up picture book. 5-8)"
A child helps a mixed-up monster sort out its feelings in this inventive pop-up import from Spain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LLAMA LLAMA TRICK OR TREAT by Anna Dewdney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"This simple holiday title will win Llama Llama new fans, and old friends will want to add it and its companion to their collections. (Board book. 1-2)"
In this board book designed for the littlest llama lovers, adorable-as-ever Llama Llama (Llama Llama Red Pajama, 2005, etc.) gets ready for some Halloween fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS BELONGS TO ME by Anna Wray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"All in all, nifty stuff for the artistically inclined. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Snazzy! Funky! Cool stuff, not boring! Somehow the vocabulary seems a little dated, but the idea is fairly neat: making stencils, collages and other items to personalize backpacks, tabletops, jeans and even your skin (jagua or henna tattoos). Read full book review >