Search Results: "Arlene Eisenberg"


BOOK REVIEW

ARLENE SARDINE by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book's jacket, not incidentally, is painted to look like, read as, and 'open' like the tin lid of a sardine can; the entire book bristles with nonchalance, but makes its points with panache. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Raschka (Simple Gifts, p. 273, etc.) has a way of continually reinventing the picture-book form; here, in his signature splashy watercolors and brash calligraphy, he tells the story of how Arlene, a little fish who wants to be a sardine, achieves her career goal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"And what if your kid bangs in the 14th month instead of the 13h, where it's listed here? (First printing of 200,000; author tour)"
The bestselling mother-and-daughters team that told baby boomers in great detail what to expect when they were expecting (1984) and what to expect in the first year (not reviewed), now inundate parents again with this guide to years two and three. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAR AT HOME by Nora Eisenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Painful to read, yet hard to put down: a family drama akin to those of Eugene O'Neill."
No punches are pulled in this gritty "memoir novel" by Eisenberg, who draws on her own Bronx upbringing to depict a nightmare with two ghoulish faces: those of an abusive father and a pill-popping mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARMINE'S STORY by Arlene Schulman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 20, 1997

"While Schulman has difficulty keeping the first-person narration distinctly childlike, especially when she's conveying technical information about HIV and AIDS, the story is a poignant look at one boy's short life, and the disease that was with him since birth. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A sensitive, sorrowful photo-essay; Schulman exhibits no tendency to sugar-coat the troubled life of Carmine, who was born with the HIV virus and had full-blown AIDS since he was two. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HURRY GRANNY ANNIE by Arlene Alda
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Aldridge's watercolors, done in shimmering golden hues, illuminate the beauty of an autumn sunset; she also includes whimsical elements for astute observers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rollicking cross country sprint with their energetic grandmother leads siblings Ruthie and Joe and their friend to a wondrous discovery. Read full book review >

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HERE A FACE, THERE A FACE by Arlene Alda
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2008

"A short rhymed text helps to identify each object or locale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The world takes on a decidedly animistic aspect in this photo album, as Alda's camera finds faces on trees and buildings, in the kitchen and the bathroom, in patterns on rugs, windows, the fronts of post-office mailboxes and even the slashes on round loaves of bread. Read full book review >

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PIG, HORSE, OR COW, DON'T WAKE ME NOW by Arlene Alda
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Without any serious attempt at integrating its elements, this book is no reason to jump out of bed. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
The concept is simple: Each animal on the farm, as it wakes up, rouses its neighbor, until, finally, the boy of the house rises and begins his day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLO, GOOD-BYE by Arlene Alda
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Of course they are, particularly when compared to pumpkins and squashes, but it's still a novel way of seeing them, one that offers children (and adults) an enchanting new perspective. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Although it seems simple, the concept of opposites can be difficult for very young children to grasp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A Ladder In The Dark by Alan Eisenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2015

"An uneven but often powerful indictment of a youthful subculture of violence and intimidation that darkens many lives."
A man struggles to overcome psychological damage from schoolyard bullying in this sometimes-harrowing, sometimes-feckless memoir of trauma and recovery. Read full book review >