Search Results: "Claudia Kolker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A welcome reminder that America was built by immigrants in search of a better future for their children."
Moving to Houston and a job at the Chronicle in the mid-1990s, Kolker, a former globe-trotting journalist, found living in the city to be like "taking a round-the-world balloon tour of the countries that were now reshaping the United States." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 2013

"An important examination of the socioeconomic and cultural forces that can shape a woman's entry into prostitution."
In his debut, New York magazine contributor Kolker delves into the disappearances and murders of five women, all working as escorts in the New York metropolitan area. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPER RED RIDING HOOD by Claudia Dávila
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"This adds nothing to the myriad 'Little Red Riding Hood' adaptations already on the shelves. (Fairy tale. 5-8)"
Ruby is an imaginative young girl who is always prepared to save the day with the addition of her red cloak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PIG IS MOVING IN! by Claudia Fries
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Still, there's a message here, and it's plain enough that few readers, even younger ones, will miss it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this pointed episode, an apartment house's residents are aghast when they learn that their new neighbor is a pig: as Henrietta Hen puts it to Doctor Fox and Nick Hare, " ‘Everyone knows that pigs are messy and dirty and sloppy.' " As expected, the pig is soon spotted dropping firewood in the street, and flour and mud on the stairs, so, oblivious to the fact that he has also carefully cleaned it all up, the busybodies officiously knock on his door to deliver an ultimatum. Read full book review >

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IS IT BIG OR IT IS LITTLE? by Claudia Rueda
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Fun and uncomplicated as a story and concept book but sophisticated in visual impact, this is agreeably stylish graphic design for the very young. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A mouse flees a cat in a striking sequence of opposite pairs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Mixing an age-appropriate level of suspense with a satisfying ending, this is a good-humored delight. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inspired by a circle game she fondly remembers from a Colombian childhood, Rueda's sprightly participatory picture book is ready-made for storytime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A good chance for youngsters to relish enacting the wicked role while still getting a (not particularly logical, but who cares) friendly reconciliation at the end. (Picture book. 1-3)"
This sweet little bare-bones version of "The Three Pigs" places readers in an active role. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU'RE A RUDE PIG, BERTIE by Claudia Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"At best a discussion starter about rudeness, though children may be mildly amused by Bertie's snide disses. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this pointed outing, a pig who habitually insults everyone he meets has an epiphany after no one comes to his party. Readers after social or psychological complexity need not apply. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ODD DOG by Claudia Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"An amusing and charming take on the lessons learned from sharing. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A dachshund struggles with sharing in this amiable tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LITTLE POLAR BEAR by Claudia Rueda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Nurturing, poignant and to the point. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this minimalist, thoughtful piece, a little polar bear asks an important question: "Am I a polar bear?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERNIGHT by Claudia Gray
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 27, 2008

Star-crossed lovers, vampires and a passive heroine populate this first in a projected four-book series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIZZIE AT LAST by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2000

"890, etc.) has written a light and entertaining story highlighting the hard-won lesson of being true to oneself even if it sets you a little apart. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lizzie is facing seventh grade and another year of being woefully different from the other students. Read full book review >