Search Results: "Iacopo Bruno"


BOOK REVIEW

BRUNO by Catharina Valckx
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Readers and listeners with a taste for the quietly surreal may find this an (almost) perfect option; the rest will find other ways to fill their days, and that's OK. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Bruno, an anthropomorphic cat whose yellow eyeballs and hipster vibe may remind readers of Pete the Cat, recounts experiences with friends new and old in this French import. Read full book review >

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Bruno by Siaka Kroma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 28, 2015

"A lucid, fictionalized account of an actual chimpanzee's life, with strong ecological overtones.
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A chimpanzee who escaped captivity and returned to his native forest narrates his story for the members of his new community. Read full book review >

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THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"Ultimately more than a little full of itself, but well-stocked with big themes, inventively spun fairy-tale tropes, and flashes of hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Good has won every fairy-tale contest with Evil for centuries, but a dark sorcerer's scheme to turn the tables comes to fruition in this ponderous closer. Read full book review >

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ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY ADDIE by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

" An out-of-the-ordinary biography. (biographical research notes) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Artwork and layout reminiscent of 19th-century posters and paper dolls tell the true tale of magician Adelaide Herrmann, once known as the Queen of Magic. Read full book review >

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MESMERIZED by Mara Rockliff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Rockliff and Bruno's playful approach buoys solid science and history. (author's note, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ben Franklin's several years in France during the American Revolution included an occasion on which he consulted on a scientific matter for the French king. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SERGEANT RECKLESS by Patricia McCormick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A warm human (and horse) interest story that feels fresh off a newsreel. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
U.S. Marines reluctantly adopt a small mare to carry ammunition in battle during the Korean War, believing she will be too weak for the job. They soon realize their mistake! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF SECRETS by Cynthia Voight
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Let the games continue…. (Mystery. 10-15)"
Max is back in the second part of Voight's fine, neatly meandering mystery set early in the last century. Read full book review >

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THE ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Delightful. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Here's a different Becky Thatcher: She spews spitballs, prefers overalls to dresses, takes dares from boys and tracks down criminals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUITCASE OF STARS by P.D. Baccalario
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Bruno's elegant, steampunk-ish illustrations elevate the story, but its slow start and overreliance on dei ex machina flaw it. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Teeming fantasy trappings largely substitute for internal logic in this meandering tale of a pop-up shop extraordinaire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS by Cynthia Voigt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"An endearing, memorable protagonist and a clever plot make this a winner. (Adventure. 9-13)"
When Max's unpredictable actor parents leave home without him, he earns money by finding the lost things of others. But can he find his parents? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"The closing volume should tie up those loose ends with, if the first two volumes are indicators, wild swings of terror and hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a middle volume framed as a battle of the sexes, the author pulls some clever switcheroos (The School for Good and Evil, 2013). Read full book review >