Search Results: "Debra Sartell"


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TIME FOR BED, BABY TED by Debra Sartell
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 15, 2010

"Should be a guaranteed hit with young preschoolers and their parents. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This story opens with Dad finishing an animal book, which should signal baby Ted to go to bed. Read full book review >

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A FABULOUS FAIR ALPHABET by Debra Frasier
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 22, 2010

"All together, this themed abecedary whirls like a Ferris wheel. (Picture book. 7-10)"
For kids who have never been to a country fair, this montage of alphabet letters in various graphic styles that represent items and impressions of a fair may, like a first-time midway experience, be sensory overload. Read full book review >

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THAT KIND OF DOG by Debra Wainwright
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Plodding dialogue, unexceptional illustrations and the lack of a strong main character make this a less-than-engaging effort. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mary Constance has a problem with her dog, Bramble. Read full book review >

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A BIRTHDAY CAKE IS NO ORDINARY CAKE by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"In an effort to fold a bit of hard science into what sometimes seems a bit like a greeting card, a concluding page makes reference to tree rings and Bristlecone pines and presents a map of the solar year. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's no treacle in the actual recipe included, but there's plenty elsewhere in another birthday-celebration book from the author/illustrator of On the Day You Were Born (1991). Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE OCEAN by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The value of this treasure hunter's appreciation is in the notion that real 'treasure' is in the looking. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Relief for the land-locked comes in the form of this book, which delivers the salt smells and sea sounds that accompany beachcombers right to readers' laps. Read full book review >

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Miss Alaineus by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"It is sure to be a favorite that will be read again and again. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Sage has the flu and receives her vocabulary list via a hurried phone call from her best friend, who spells all but the last word. Read full book review >

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SPIKE by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Brilliant. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spike, an abandoned "Ugliest Dog in the Universe"-contest winner, finds love and a new home in this heartwarming tale about beauty—and its many permutations. Read full book review >

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APPRENTICE TO THE FLOWER POET Z. by Debra Weinstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2004

"Only a poet could write so viciously yet adoringly (and, often, insightfully) about poetry. But only a poet, too, will have patience for Weinstein's onslaught of wordplay and purposely bad verse."
A poet and first-novelist brutally satirizes the poetry establishment, following a scholarship student through a New York university's writing program in the 1980s. Read full book review >

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THE HUNGER BONE by Debra Marquart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Despite a certain repetitiveness, Marquart brings the rock 'n' roll subculture to intense if desperate life."
Twenty-two stark, darkly tinted snapshots of life on the road, and occasionally at home, for small-time rock 'n' roll musicians, singers, and hangers-on. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH DRAMA by Debra Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"A tiresome attempt at contemporary romance."
Set in the gated communities of Los Angeles, studded with luxury goods of all kinds, an ostensibly comic romance recounts one very spoiled young woman's journey to the altar. Read full book review >

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BLIND SUBMISSION by Debra Ginsberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Juicy, if superficial and guilty of many of the very tricks it skewers."
From memoirist Ginsberg (About My Sisters, 2004, etc.), a romantic satire about the publishing industry that combines what the heroine herself calls "bite the boss" with "bit the assistant" fiction. Read full book review >