Search Results: "Carolyn Abbate"


BOOK REVIEW

A HISTORY OF OPERA by Carolyn Abbate
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 26, 2012

"Formidably knowledgeable and bracingly opinionated."
An account of opera's evolution stressing performance practices rather than theoretical mandates. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DOGS by Carolyn Conahan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The new words to the old song provide a catchy alternative for musically inclined dog lovers, and there's a marmalade cat on every page to keep the cat lovers happy as well. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Conahan reworks the well-known words to the traditional Christmas carol to feature a canine crowd, beginning with "a pug puppy under the tree." Read full book review >

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REDOUTÉ by Carolyn Croll
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 19, 1996

"Very pretty. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5+)"
RedoutÇ's name is known through the popularity of his rose and lily paintings, but few people know anything about the man who was court-appointed painter to both Marie Antoinette and Empress Josephine, and who said to Napoleon, ``Painting flowers may be something small, but it is what I do best, because it is what I love most.'' RedoutÇ's simple botanical drawings of single flowers were quite revolutionary in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries when the fashion was for glamorous portraits and mythological scenes. Read full book review >

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THE BIG WISH by Carolyn Conahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2011

"Quirky and full of heart. (Picture book. 5-8)"
If wishes were dandelions, then... a whole town might go crazy. Read full book review >

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A TWISTED TALE by Carolyn Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers who find Causley's 'Quack,' Said the Billy Goat (1986), or Most's Cow That Went Oink (1990) a trifle sedate won't have that problem with this unrestrained solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Fisher punches up a well-worn plot with vivid language and swirling modernist art that incorporates an equally wild hand-lettered text. Read full book review >

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VICTORIA REBELS by Carolyn Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"The author does not enhance or alter the history; she simply and convincingly translates it into a lively narrative. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
This absorbing, fictionalized first-person account of Queen Victoria's early life reveals the hardships she endured as a child and young woman. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE ZONE by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A decently executed exploration of the American presence in Iraq and the tensions between Shiites and Sunnis. (author's notes, glossary) (Fiction. 9-13)"
Young Iraqi cousins face their religious differences in war-torn Baghdad. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS A WITCH by Carolyn MacCullough
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Readers unfamiliar with the first book should check it out before they tackle this one; that background under their belt, this proves to be an enjoyable magical adventure. (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)"
How does one go about saving one's family from history? Read full book review >

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THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF CHARLEY DARWIN by Carolyn Meyer
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Lacking scientific details which could interest budding naturalists, character development as spice for those interested in Darwin's romances or scientific epiphanies for young historians, Charley's 'memoir' will please few. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Fictionalized autobiography must walk a narrow line between truth and story. Read full book review >

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TANGLED by Carolyn Mackler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"The novel, which has strong romantic undertones, chronicles the teens' interconnections and the psychological growth that results, deftly demonstrating that people aren't always who they seem to be. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Brimming with girl appeal, Mackler's emotionally generous, character-driven novel tells the story of four vacationing teens whose lives are forever changed after crossing paths on a tropical island. Read full book review >

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WEST WITH HOPELESS by Carolyn Lieberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Some nice details in this otherwise lightweight, oddly paced tale. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Half sisters Carin and Hope predictably become friends on their road trip across the western US. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"Although spots are the unifying theme, the creatures have been carefully selected not only for their markings but for their habitats or biomes, identified and outlined in a final glossary. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this visual feast from Lesser and Regan (Dig Hole, Soft Mole, 1996), so striking are the oil and gouache wildlife portraits that, despite the counting book framework, numbers are nearly an afterthought. Read full book review >