Search Results: "Dianne de Las Casas"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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 >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A pleasant, warm book that occasionally suffers from its author's overheated prose."
A poet, storyteller, and professional harpist writes about her life as the daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Read full book review >

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A SMALL MADNESS by Dianne Touchell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2016

"Told with compassion and empathy, a conversation-starting look at the dangers of keeping a pregnancy secret. (Fiction. 14-18)"
High school couple Rose and Michael deal with the devastating consequences of her insistence that an unexpected pregnancy simply isn't real in this Australian import. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST CUT by Dianne Emley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Nicely developed characters and genuine suspense elevate this impressive crime debut."
Pasadena police detective back on the job after a traumatic attack investigates the brutal sex murder of another female officer. Read full book review >

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HANUKKAH IN AMERICA by Dianne Ashton
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"A fact-filled, mostly interesting account of Hanukkah's development in the United States."
An American Jewish History editor details the modern development of Hanukkah's rituals and traditions Read full book review >