Search Results: "Antoinette Truglio Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

FAMOUS SEAWEED SOUP by Antoinette Truglio Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In her first book, Martin structures a family visit to the beach around a clever inversion of ``The Little Red Hen.'' Nobody helps Sara make her soup of seaweed (two kinds), snails, and ``smelly stuff'' from a beachcombing—her parents are busy putting on sunscreen, fixing lunch, taking care of the baby, or reading. Read full book review >

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MARTIN WILSON
by Megan Labrise

YA author Martin Wilson’s sophomore novel has a gut-punch premise: One hot day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, an 11-year-old boy takes off on his bike and vanishes. Three years later, he returns, gravely changed.

“I’m trying to write stories that are honest and emotionally powerful,” says Wilson, author of We Now Return to Regular Life, based on a true story ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FROODLE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"'The neighborhood was never the same,' the narrator reports, and neither will be the charmed listeners and readers of this cheerful invitation to invention. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Little Brown Bird decides to sing something silly, most birds in the neighborhood follow her lead, but crows can't be silly, can they? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOT A BOX by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Appropriately bound in brown paper, this makes its profound point more directly than such like-themed tales as Marisabina Russo's Big Brown Box (2000) or Dana Kessimakis Smith's Brave Spaceboy (2005). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Dedicated "to children everywhere sitting in cardboard boxes," this elemental debut depicts a bunny with big, looping ears demonstrating to a rather thick, unseen questioner ("Are you still standing around in that box?") that what might look like an ordinary carton is actually a race car, a mountain, a burning building, a spaceship or anything else the imagination might dream up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEST FRINTS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cosmically delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Occasional disagreements and the need to mend a friendship are universal challenges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PILATE’S WIFE by Antoinette May
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Suffers from an unlikely, sweetly sentimental conclusion, but May's vivid settings, founded in research, make this quick read of a romantic adventure enjoyable."
Fiction debut from May (Passionate Pilgrim, 1993, etc.) makes an unlikely romantic heroine of Claudia, wife of the Roman magistrate who presided over the crucifixion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KINDERGARTEN DIARY by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Friendships bloom, mishaps happen but throughout, 'We are fine!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
An exuberant little girl delivers a day-by-day (and sometimes half-day-by-half-day) account of her first month in kindergarten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAIT by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"Beautifully controlled pacing and an immensely satisfying rainbow resolution make this book an effective refutation of frenzied schedules. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A mother struggles to get her curious little boy to their morning train. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SACRED WELL by Antoinette May
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"Uneven writing disrupts an otherwise intriguing historical romance."
The lives of Alma Reed (1896-1966) and Felipe Carrillo Puerto (1874-1924) are examined by May (Pilate's Wife, 2006) in a novel that invokes the history and mystery of Mexico's Mayan ruins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PENGUIN STORY by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The deliberately clashing endpapers, solid orange and green, extend the theme in this sweet story of yearning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Icy Antarctica is frustratingly monochromatic for Edna the penguin, so she forsakes playing (and occasionally even lunch) to scan the horizon for something else. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOT A STICK by Antoinette Portis
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Certainly one hopes that she will someday find a new format for her creative drive, but at least this sequel has enough charm and understated pizzazz to allow its creator to work her magic one more time. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a near carbon copy of her debut (Not a Box, 2006), Portis brings to life the imaginative properties inherent in an average stick. Read full book review >