Search Results: "Christopher Santoro"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN ROSWELL? by Kathleen Krull
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

As groups of almond-eyed aliens troop past or peer in from page edges, Krull sifts through basic facts and official explanations about the mysterious debris found near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, and offers rationales for the rumors that have circulated ever since. Read full book review >

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GRANDPAPPY SNIPPY SNAPPIES by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"There's plenty of 'suspension' of absurdity here. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Remove tongue from cheek and flex it to get ready to trippingly read this story in rhyme that positively boings with silly sound effects. Read full book review >

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DOM DELUISE'S THE NIGHTINGALE by Dom DeLuise
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Following the story and amiable art, recipes and a song score close the book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
DeLuise's ode to freedom, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, has on its side good intentions and little else. Read full book review >

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A PIE WENT BY by Carolyn Dunn
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Diet-killing recipe included. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Rich in alliteration and internal rhyme, Dunn's debut makes a surefire read-aloud for cumulative tale lovers. Read full book review >

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BUG DANCE by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"Though this isn't one of the best of the series, a determined teacher with enthusiastic read-aloud skills could integrate the story into math or gym class, especially if insects are also part of the curriculum. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Murphy (Seaweed Soup, 2001, etc.) adds to his popular MathStart series with this well-meant but clumsy effort at creating a plot around the directional terms left, right, forward, and backward. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Pure pleasure for children addicted to dinos, the delights of big trucks and decoding visual jumbles. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A teeming dino crew in hard hats and safety vests create organized if frenetic chaos on a mucky construction site in this alpha-romp. Read full book review >

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FARM-FRESH CATS by Scott Santoro
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"The comical tale gives new meaning to 'kitty litter' and 'trying to herd cats.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Farmer Ray and his wife Norma are ordinary people who love all the animals on their farm. Read full book review >

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CANDY CANE LANE by Scott Santoro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Readable but forgettable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl rescues a damaged, plastic choirboy statue that mysteriously comes alive and leads a group of rejected Christmas statues back to the girl's house. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Given the subject matter and the author, one expects so much more than is delivered."
Santoro (Stir It Up, 1997), who covers jazz and pop music for New York's Daily News and The Nation, offers the first complete Mingus bio since the jazz legend's death in 1979. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY by Lara Santoro
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Apparently meaningful passages mar an otherwise solid effort to tell a compelling story."
A contemporary Mrs. Robinson busies herself destroying lives in a small New Mexican town. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"But the overarching theme of cross-cultural pollination remains merely a rough reference point for the volume—a title pasted across a disparate, if thoughtful collection of writings."
An impressive variety of music is surveyed—rock, jazz, reggae, Afropop, Brazilian Tropicalia—in these reviews and interviews reprinted from the Nation, the Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere. Read full book review >