Search Results: "Dianne de Las Casas"


BOOK REVIEW

THERE'S A DRAGON IN THE LIBRARY by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2011

"Even a page of tips on caring for books can't save this effort: Don't check it out. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little Max attends storytime in the library and then goes to the shelf to find a book. Read full book review >

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GIGANTIC SWEET POTATO by Dianne de Las Casas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A nice tie-in to school- or home-based gardening projects, this tasty selection is a solid interpretation of the classic tale, with appealing pictures and a strong female character. (Picture book/folktale. 3-7)"
As soon as she feels a hankering for sweet-potato pie, Ma Farmer knows what to add to her excellent vegetable garden. Read full book review >

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BEWARE, BEWARE OF THE  BIG BAD BEAR! by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2012

"Readers would be advised to look elsewhere for more entertaining editions. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
The classic Appalachian folktale "Sody Sallyraytus" loses its flavor in this retelling. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR MARDI GRAS by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Unfortunately, quality titles about Mardi Gras for young readers are scarce, and this one doesn't fit the bill. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wedding two topics with kid appeal—in this case dinosaurs and Mardi Gras—does not always result in a winning combination. Read full book review >

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THE CAJUN CORNBREAD BOY by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A story best memorized and shared over some warm cornbread—recipe included. (glossary, author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
De Las Casas dresses up a classic story with some fun regional flair. Read full book review >

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ROCKIN' THREE BILLY GOATS by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"This goes to show that a little creativity and funkiness go a long way. Rock on. (iPad storybook app 3-5)"
Interaction is very minimal, illustrations are featureless, and navigation is clunky, but there's one distinct element that makes this retelling of the Norwegian folk tale worth the price of admission. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENITO’S SOPAIPILLAS/LAS SOPAIPILLAS DE BENITO by Ana Baca
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2007

"Both English and Spanish versions move smoothly and quickly, and best of all, there's a recipe for the treat at the end. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In her latest, Baca offers another tale about the appealing and not always sensible Benito. Read full book review >

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FRANCISCO'S KITES / LAS COMETAS DE FRANCISCO by Alicia Z. Klepeis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2015

"Francisco's transformation from pensive newcomer to entrepreneurial kite master is inspiring and well-detailed in this successful slice of life. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A resourceful boy in a new town discovers a talent for giving old scraps flight in this immigrant's story. Read full book review >

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XOCHITL AND THE FLOWERS/XÓCHITL, LA NIÑA DE LAS FLORES by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Full of love for family and community, this bilingual story embodies the belief that positive action can overcome the negatives of circumstance. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Angel's expressive and teeming illustrations warmly complement the sweet temper of Argueta's tale of an El Salvadoran family—daughter, mother, and father—living in San Francisco. Read full book review >

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THE MANY FACES OF MAX / LAS MUCHAS CARAS DE MAX by Katherine Del Monte
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"'Max is always loveable. / Max siempre es muy simpático.' (Bilingual picture book. 2-8)"
A gentle, extremely simple story shows various emotions experienced by a beloved family pet, with parallel texts in English and Spanish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2012

"The simplicity of the suggested idea that homemade fruit juice will always be fun to make and delicious to drink is appealing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The fruit-blended juice drinks known as aguas frescas offered at a fair inspire a little girl and her mother to serve their own version after soccer practice. Read full book review >