Search Results: "John Parra"


BOOK REVIEW

ROUND IS A TORTILLA by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Nevertheless, this book will teach readers about more than basic shapes thanks to both its use of Spanish words and the inclusion of Hispanic cultural elements. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This charming concept book will engage readers and help them recognize shapes in everyday objects. Read full book review >

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FIRE ON MOUNT MAGGIORE by John Parras
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"A tense, riveting rendering of the struggle between men and the nature they strive to protect."
A harrowing portrait of survivor's guilt in an Italian fire brigade. Read full book review >

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MARVELOUS CORNELIUS by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An almost-true story of a man who loved his job and did it well. Read full book review >

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FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A supplemental rather than introductory book on the great artist. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Frida Kahlo's strong affection for and identification with animals form the lens through which readers view her life and work in this picture-book biography. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as 'quiquiriquí,' 'tacatac' and 'iii-aah' adding to the fun. (author's note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown's latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRACIAS/THANKS by Pat Mora
Kirkus Star
by Pat Mora, illustrated by John Parra, translated by Adriana Domínguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"For this graceful celebration, ¡gracias! (Picture book. 4-8)"
From "the sun that wakes me up so I don't sleep for years and years and grow a long, white beard" to the "old pajamas, so soft they feel like I'm putting on air" and "the cricket hiding when he serenades us to sleep," a little Latino boy says "¡gracias!" with sweetly ingenuous enthusiasm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET HOLY WAR OF SANTIAGO DE CHILE by Marco Antonio de la Parra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This novel, so brilliantly conversant in so many genres and styles, seems curiously silent on these questions."
An odyssey through modern Chile by way of an apocalyptic cat- and-mouse game set in motion by the phrase: ``They're looking for you, Tito.'' Tito is Tito Livio, the novel's protagonist, an advertising executive and frustrated writer. ``They'' are more elusive: The forces of God and Satan, struggling to control the Chilean soul, have both dispatched goon squads after Tito, who possesses the clue to the missing fourth letter of the Tetragrammaton, the name of God that, when pronounced, unleashes infinite power and knowledge. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A CASE OF SYRAH, SYRAH by Nancy J. Parra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"Here's hoping any future Wine Country outings uncork the heroine's wit and downplay her grit. A trip from Get Advice to Ignore Advice to Now I'm in Trouble is no one's favorite itinerary."
The author of the Baker's Treat (Flourless to Stop Him, 2015, etc.) and Perfect Proposals (Newlywed Dead, 2016, etc.) series adds booze to her mix of food and love to kick off her Wine Country series. Read full book review >

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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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SUMMER POTPOURRI
by Bobbi Dumas

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a bunch of books that came my way, and a couple of them were just terrific, so I thought I’d share.

Adriana Anders’ Under Her Skin (February ’17) launched an intense contemporary romance series Blank Canvas which has a very interesting spin on the tattoo theme. (It got a ...


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