Search Results: "Donata Montanari"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD by Donata Montanari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Still, readers not yet able to cope with the level of information in DK's Children Just Like Me (1995) will absorb at least the idea that young people in distant lands live lives that are different in some ways, similar in others. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Montanari (Look Inside a Computer, not reviewed, etc.) takes readers on a bland but not entirely superficial world tour, inventing more than a dozen children in as many countries who step forward to introduce themselves: "Hi! Read full book review >

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MY FIRST... by Eva Montanari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 12, 2007

"Surreal acrylic, oil and pencil illustrations place Alice in a dreamlike landscape of twisted architecture, warped perspective and fantastical creatures as she explores the relative merits of book versus doll as the perfect present. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Disappointed with her birthday present, a little girl pretends she got what she wanted. Read full book review >

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CHASING DEGAS by Eva Montanari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A lovely book to share with budding artists and families off to visit an art museum or Paris. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young ballerina excited about the evening's upcoming performance discovers that she and Monsieur Degas, at work in the rehearsal studio on The Dance Class, have switched bags. Read full book review >

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TIFF, TAFF, AND LULU by Eva Montanari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2004

"No, not exactly, as it turns out—but young readers will get the point, and may be amused by the wild-haired figures. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Canted floors, greenish lighting, mottled coloration, and a cast of smurf-like, peg-toothed goblins gives this pointed lesson in the hazards of sibling squabbles that arty, "European" look. Read full book review >

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DEVIANT WAY by Richard Montanari
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"A lively, if inelegant, tour of the underbelly."
A heavy-breathing debut thriller about a pair of sex-crazed serial killers and the lost-puppy cop who struggles to stay sober enough to nail them. Read full book review >

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THE ROSARY GIRLS by Richard Montanari
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"A long but lively police procedural told with Montanari's (The Violet Hour, 1998, etc.) signature brand of inelegant brio."
Someone is killing the Catholic schoolgirls of Philly. Read full book review >

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THE VIOLET HOUR by Richard Montanari
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"No reviewer could hope to outdo Nicky Stella's dazzling insight that 'this wasn't an Andrew Vachss novel.'"
Quite a 20th reunion for the Case Western Reserve class of 1978: An avenger with an addiction to T.S. Eliot is killing off the members of the self-anointed AdVerse Society. Read full book review >

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SHUTTER MAN by Richard Montanari
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Montanari researches his books well, but the almost clinical explanations of police procedure add little to the narrative and serve mostly as a vehicle to yank the reader out of the story."
The streets of Philadelphia swim with blood in the latest Byrne and Balzano adventure. Read full book review >

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THE STOLEN ONES by Richard Montanari
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Overly complicated and confusing in places but with pacing that makes the prose crackle."
Montanari's latest thriller (The Echo Man, 2011, etc.) reunites Philadelphia detectives Jessica Balzano and Kevin Byrne in the hunt for an elusive killer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A generous spirit and penchant for grand gestures make him all the more worth knowing—particularly for American audiences unaware that there is any question about who was the first to fly. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
So the Wright Brothers were the first to fly? Read full book review >

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WHO'S THE GROSSEST OF THEM ALL? by Susan McElroy Montanari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Since the most natural audience for a grossness contest is typically past picture books, subject and format seem to be a classic mismatch. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The latest in the unquenchable who's-the-most horrible, hideous, revolting, repulsive, disgusting, gross, and vile genre. Read full book review >

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MY DOG'S A CHICKEN by Susan McElroy Montanari
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"While pet tales abound, this lively look at making the best of a bad situation highlights humor and encourages creativity, enriching the somewhat predictable plot. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl finds an imaginative way to satisfy her desire for a pet dog despite her parents' objections. Read full book review >