Search Results: "Elise Primavera"


BOOK REVIEW

AUNTIE CLAUS by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"As is often the case with later entries in a series, the bloom is off the (Christmas red) rose with this overblown effort. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Santa Claus's big sister is back for a third holiday adventure with her great-niece Sophie (Auntie Claus, 1999). Read full book review >

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PRIMAVERA by Mary Jane Beaufrand
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"Whether a 14-year-old noblewoman of Florence could learn swordsmanship and goldsmithing and hide herself as a boy is arguable, but the story does propel the reader along to its gentle epilogue. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A swiftly told story tied to a bloody piece of Florentine history and illuminated with the lore of painting, goldsmithing and poison. Read full book review >

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THE THREE DOTS by Elise Primavera
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Media-conscious readers will laugh at the droll ads and celebrity caricatures in Primavera's exuberant, cartoony illustrations, and enjoy the simple, feel-good story. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Vigorously told, hilariously illustrated: the tale of three spotted friends—Henry, Sal, and Margaret (frog, moose, and duck)- -united by their twin passions for donuts and music, then reunited, after a falling out, by their mutual regard. Read full book review >

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FRED & ANTHONY ESCAPE FROM THE NETHERWORLD by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A series kickoff with kicks galore. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Aimed squarely at Captain Underpants fans, this mixed-format romp introduces two lads who decide to solve their cash-flow problems by becoming fabulously rich authors like J.K. Rowling. Read full book review >

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RALPH'S FROZEN TALE by Elise Primavera
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

"Unusually fresh and imaginative. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ralph, renowned explorer, tackles the Arctic. Read full book review >

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MS. RAPSCOTT'S GIRLS by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"This is not an emotionally involving tale but one that's quirky and imaginative, aimed at middle-graders who like their fiction with a twist. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Aided by her two corgis, the headmistress of the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents teaches her 8-year-old charges—Beatrice, Mildred, Fay and Annabelle, children whose parents don't have time for them—how to take care of themselves. Read full book review >

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LIBBY OF HIGH HOPES by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"A solid choice for horse lovers ready to move past early chapter books. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It takes a while, but high hopes finally pay off for a horse-loving girl. Read full book review >

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THUMB LOVE by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"This witty tale is a treat for all readers (and their thumbs, too). (Picture book. 4-8)"
This tongue-in-cheek self-help book will keep readers in giggles while offering sound advice. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET ORDER OF THE GUMM STREET GIRLS by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A mixed bag, but entertaining. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Ivy Diamond comes to live in the ramshackle old house on Gumm Street in the town of Sherbet, the lives of her neighbors, talented Cat, cautious Pru (think Officer Buckle) and adventurous Franny, become much more interesting. Read full book review >

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AUNTIE CLAUS AND THE KEY TO CHRISTMAS by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"There's no place like home,' and for anyone named Kringle, there's no place quite like the North Pole. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The inimitable Auntie Claus is back for another Kringle family lesson in the true meaning of Christmas in this successful sequel (Auntie Claus, 1999). Read full book review >

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MAKING MISTAKES ON PURPOSE by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A reading of the first book is a must in order to fully enjoy and appreciate this unpretentiously lesson-drenched sequel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Welcome back to the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUNTIE CLAUS by Elise Primavera
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A promising bid for holiday bestsellerdom. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A grand, if unsubtle, cousin to William Joyce's Santa Calls (1993). Read full book review >