Search Results: "Franco Tempesta"


BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR DAYS by Joyce Milton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Eye candy and intellectual nourishment alike for newly independent readers. (Informational early reader. 6-8)"
A classic informational early reader gets a substantial, long-overdue update. Read full book review >

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THE ULTIMATE DINO-PEDIA by Don Lessem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 14, 2010

"Still, the outstanding art and the unmatched breadth of content move this to the head of the Dino-app pack. (iPad reference app. 7-11)"
Though not quite the dino-pedia to rule them all, this multimedia version of the already-terrific print edition of the same title will certainly set young dinophiles roaring. Read full book review >

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DINO-MIKE AND THE T. REX ATTACK by Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Like Sam with those hot dogs, readers eager to snap up any dino-story will make quick work of this tongue-in-cheek romp. (Science fiction. 8-10)"
The appearance of a live T. Rex near a fossil dig kicks off a wild round of dino-antics in this series kickoff from an Eisner Award-winning comics writer. Read full book review >

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ACTORS ANONYMOUS by James Franco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Loosely structured in the extreme, the novel seems to have been written in odd moments while Franco was taking a break from his acting career—and it was probably more fun for him to write than it is for the reader to read."
Actor Franco's experimental first novel (Palo Alto: Stories, 2010) focuses on the field he knows best—acting. Read full book review >

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DOWN THE WORMHOLE by Ana Franco
Released: March 17, 2015

"A nifty concept that's not well-executed; mythology fans have better options."
Debut YA fantasy à la Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. Read full book review >

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METAMORPHOSIS by Betsy Franco
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the brevity of Franco's first YA novel may disappoint readers who want these archetypal yet complex characters in more detail, this accessible, modern retelling resembles the original by springing from story to story and exploring love and its ability to confound all reason. (Mythology. YA)"
Since his brilliant, meth-addict sister, Thena, ran away from home, Ovid just wants his now-overprotective parents off his back, to express his art freely, to understand why he wants to hurt himself secretly and to make sense of high school. Read full book review >

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FALLING HARD by Betsy Franco
POETRY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Love, in all its raw, uncensored intensity is here wonderfully captured in verse by teens for teens. (Poetry. 13 & up)"
Romantic love brings out a whole range of emotions, and all are on display in this richly diverse collection of poems. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"Contrary to the book's professed goal, we learn more about the anxieties of Bernardino's tormented psyche and the intolerant streak in Catholicism than about the social underworld of early Renaissance Italy."
Mormando's (Italian/Boston Coll.) survey of the 40-year preaching career of the Franciscan friar and Catholic saint Bernardino of Siena (1380—1444) is one of only a few book-length studies on this mouthpiece of medieval obscurantism. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1996

"This exceedingly amusing novel, first published to great acclaim in Italy in 1986, is a continuous provocation and delight; there isn't a dull page in it."
The Life Of God (As Told By Himself) Read full book review >

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A SPECTACULAR SELECTION OF SEA CRITTERS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"At once light, visually playful, and educational, Franco and Wertz's latest collaboration proves the third time's a charm. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
In their third picture-book outing, Franco and Wertz (A Dazzling Display of Dogs, 2011, etc.) dive into the sea. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE PLAY by Betsy Franco
ANIMALS
Released: July 12, 2011

"The frolicsome verse and efficacious design combine to highlight a precise exercise, making this concept picture book a twofold success. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This jaunty rhyme set in a school playground serves as a playful introduction to the mathematical concept of doubling. Read full book review >

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A CURIOUS COLLECTION OF CATS by Betsy Franco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Capturing the spirit of each verse, Wertz turns a collection of otherwise unremarkable visual poems into a true treat for the eyes. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Franco's witty but uneven collection of concrete poems celebrating feline antics is accompanied by striking illustrations done in pencil and finished in monoprint and Photoshop. Read full book review >