Search Results: "Christopher Cardinale"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. MENDOZA’S PAINTBRUSH by Luis Alberto Urrea
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2010

"An enchanting exploration of life's myriad mysteries. (Graphic fiction. 13 & up)"
The residents of the small Mexican town of El Rosario don't quite know what to make of Mr. Mendoza and his omnipresent paintbrush. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Lyon has given today's readers a stirring story about yesterdays. (bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
"Folk songs are alive," states Lyon in her author's note, and none is more so than "Which Side Are You On?" Read full book review >

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THE TERRANOVAS by Valentine Cardinale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2005

"The wholesomeness of The Waltons meets the ethnic ethos of The Godfather and the cultural expansiveness of Forrest Gump."
A close-knit Italian family struggles with war and terrorism over the course of four generations. Read full book review >

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BREAKAWAY by Valentine Cardinale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"A bit sparse as a detective tale but delivers riveting character back stories."
A man debating leaving the priesthood gets caught up in an investigation when his young neighbor's father disappears in this mystery. Read full book review >

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ONE MORE DANCE by Valentine Cardinale
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 2013

"A quick, enjoyable read for mystery lovers."
In his latest mystery, Cardinale (The Westside Kid, 2009) explores the intersection of violence, romance and family drama. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE MY BABY by Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2014

"A complex, powerful concept strained by its own length and ambition."
Ware's debut novel spans decades, taking on the abortion debate from the immediate aftermath of Roe v. Wade to the present day. Read full book review >

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JOHN DENVER’S ANCIENT RHYMES by Christopher Canyon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A better-than-usual effort in the trend of song illustration. (CD in hardcover, score) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Denver's gentle lullaby comes to life in Canyon's gorgeous paintings. Read full book review >

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PUFF-PUFF, CHUGGA-CHUGGA by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Ending on a peaceful, satiated note, this explosive episode makes a first-rate entry in the annals of picture-book sneezes. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wormell (Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, see above) seamlessly blends landscape and playscape in this tale of a wonderfully catastrophic train wreck. Read full book review >

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BLUE RABBIT AND THE RUNAWAY WHEEL by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Not exactly a lesson in taking responsibility, but give Blue Rabbit some points for not trying to shift the blame. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A moment of inattention lands Blue Rabbit in hot water in this simply told follow-up to Blue Rabbit and Friends (2000). Read full book review >

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OVER ON THE FARM by Christopher Gunson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"A final spread presents all the animals for counting in a read-aloud of which adults won't quickly tire. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Gunson presents the numbers from one to ten in a sumptuous book for the very young that toys with the familiar childhood ditty, ``Over in the Meadow.'' ``Over in the field in the green and the blue/lived a woolly mother sheep/and her little sheep two./`Leap,' said the mother./`We leap,' said the two. . . .'' The rhyming builds on the framework of animal babies whose numbers continue to increase. Read full book review >

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MARLO by Christopher Browne
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"With a deft minimalism recalling Charles Schultz or Mo Willems, Browne creates a character to care about, whether excavating at home or when plunged into the pleasures and perils of the wider world. Dripping with delight. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pit bull transforms a simple bath into an underwater epic in Browne's picture-book debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not suited to being a child's first Aesop, but likely to be the one he or she lingers over longest. (Picture book/folktales. 5-10)"
Relegating the actual texts of 21 fables to an appendix, Wormell presents a suite of full-page color woodcuts to illustrate them, captioned with titles and morals alone, and printed on buttery paper that really sets off the strong lines and gorgeous hues. Read full book review >