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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Purists will cavil that the starfish ought actually to be called a sea star, but that nit aside, this cloth-bound volume is a perfectly gorgeous piece of bookmaking. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
As the title indicates, here's a variation on the traditional animal counting book: rather than counting multiples of animals, readers are encouraged to counts their parts. Read full book review >

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LITTLE DEE AND THE PENGUIN by Christopher Baldwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A must-read for all would-be adventurers. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
A fun-filled, zany story with a serious message about belonging. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEEP IN THE WOODS by Christopher Corr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 2, 2017

"Corr's artwork is a feast for the eyes. Dazzling. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A variety of woodland creatures live in a house they find in the woods until a bear brings disaster; but together they build anew in this retelling of a classic Russian folk tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >