Search Results: "Carl Norac"


BOOK REVIEW

MY MOMMY IS MAGIC by Carl Norac
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2007

"The team responsible for My Daddy Is a Giant (2005) has created another winner, and the pairing of these volumes makes a wonderful paean to loving parents and the lucky children who unabashedly adore them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
At the end of this enchanting story, the child-narrator declares that when she grows up, "I'm going to be magic too," like her mom. Read full book review >

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MY DADDY IS A GIANT by Carl Norac
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2005

"The matching cowlicks in their red hair help, too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The pride of a young boy who is growing up just like his daddy is evident in this look at their closeness. Read full book review >

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I LOVE YOU SO MUCH by Carl Norac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Hugs abound among the puffy-cheeked rodents in this mushy, overstated tale and its greeting-card message. (Book-of-the- Month-Club selection) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Resembling in spirit and content such books as Sam McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You? (1995, not reviewed), this book stars Lola, a nut-brown hamster who could be an adopted cousin of Nutbrown Hare. Read full book review >

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HELLO, SWEETIE PIE by Carl Norac
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"She is hard to resist. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a third in the series of picture books about Lola the hamster that began with I Love You So Much (1998), Lola's friend Lulu asks her, on the first day of class, what her parents call her. Read full book review >

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SWING CAFÉ by Carl Norac
by Carl Norac, illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer, translated by Jacob Homel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The text's a bit long on gratuitous adventure, but the package is unusual and fresh. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This French import incorporates classic jazz tunes from the 1920s through '50s with the determined aspirations of an angel-voiced Brazilian cricket. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Successful Jihad The Disuniting of the United States by P.S. Norac
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A particularly jumbled effort to preach to the conservative choir."
A muddled cry from the political right warns of a new brand of holy warriors dead set on "disuniting" our fair nation. Read full book review >

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ALL KINDS OF CARS by Carl Johanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"The absence of a well-told storyline makes the book feel static, but kids who love cars will enjoy this crazy compendium and will be engaged by the imaginative take on a traditional subject. (Informational picture book. 2-4)"
Can there be room for yet another picture book about cars? Apparently. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCAT by Carl Hiaasen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Hiaasen's third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller. (Thriller. 10-15)"
During a field trip to Black Vine Swamp, a suspicious "wildfire" breaks out, and much-feared and -reviled science teacher Mrs. Starch vanishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHOCOLATE MOOSE MOTIVE by JoAnna Carl
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"The latest in Carl's long string of chocoholic mysteries (The Chocolate Cupid Killings, 2009, etc.), complete with chocolate trivia and a recipe, keeps you guessing all the way to the end."
A chance encounter in a supermarket involves a member of a Michigan chocolate-making family in murder. Read full book review >