Search Results: "Cécile Bertrand"


BOOK REVIEW

STAND UP! by Christine  Laouénan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"While this well-intentioned effort may appeal to some readers and does provide helpful insight into some challenging situations, it alone will not solve many problems. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
This slender volume, effectively translated from French, lightly covers the skill of assertiveness, including when to deploy it and when to tone it down. Read full book review >

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RUN, DOG! by Cécile  Boyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"The text consists solely of commands—'Jump!' 'Catch!' 'Run!' 'Fetch!' 'Good dog'—but the illustrations tell a compelling story that young children will enjoy deconstructing for themselves. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A yellow dog exuberantly chases a red rubber ball through the park, wreaking havoc. Read full book review >

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WOOF MEOW TWEET-TWEET by Cécile  Boyer
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"Winner of the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2010 Opera Prima Mention, this design exercise is notable. But while intellectuals and college design students may find it brilliant, children may not find it particularly gratifying. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The differences among three animals—a dog, cat and bird—are explored in this sophisticated concept book that replaces character drawings with text representations. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THOUGHT by Cara Bertrand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2014

"For genre fans only. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
This debut sends a paranormally afflicted teen to a posh school with a secret in this familiar-feeling series opener. Read full book review >

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SECOND THOUGHTS by Cara Bertrand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"For fans only. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
This second series installment finds Lainey, a girl who can kill with her thoughts, in her senior year at a posh school that caters to paranormal Sententia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE DAY, TWO DRAGONS by Lynne Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Not as accomplished as Peter Sis's Going Up (1989), but in the same useful vein. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``One day, two dragons caught a cab to Three Bug Street...to get four vaccinations...for measles, mumps, scale rot, and morning breath'' begins this amiable counting-cum-shots-aren't- so-bad book. Read full book review >

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GRANITE BABY by Lynne Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2005

"Fans of Jerdine Nolen's Big Jabe (2000), Catherine Anderson's Steamboat Annie and the Thousand Pound Catfish (2001), and similar outsized yarns will holler with glee at this new arrival. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Considerably taller than average, this original tale pits five towering, talented but not naturally maternal sisters against a wee baby whose continual howls actually rise in a cloud to cover parts of three New England states. Read full book review >

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DIGNITY by Jean-Bertrand Aristide
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Should be of use to future historians, but likely to disappoint the contemporary reader."
These rambling reflections will be of little profit to those who have not closely followed developments in the former Haitian president's tragic country. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A NAME FOR THIS FEELING / HAY UN NOMBRE PARA LO QUE SIENTO by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Despite a lack of gray area, these educational short stories make for appealing, quick reads. (Short stories. 10-13)"
In a series of short stories that integrate English and Spanish, characters face love, loss and hard decisions, while consequences follow closely behind. Read full book review >

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LESSONS OF THE GAME by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 30, 1998

"Romance fans and other tenderhearts will sigh over Bertrand's mauve prose, no matter how unpolished it is. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A new student teacher and a young San Antonio high school football coach score "a touchdown for love" in this steamy but decorous romance. Read full book review >

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NEW YORK IN PAJAMARAMA by Michaël  Leblond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A one-trick pony—and the visual trick is much better presented in Rufus Butler Seder's actual Scanimation series. (Picture book/novelty. 6-8)"
A low-rent Scanimation-knockoff import features a small sheet of finely barred plastic that creates moiré patterns and streams of movement when slid across a set of large, garish abstracts. Read full book review >