Search Results: "Jonna H. Mendez"


BOOK REVIEW

SPY DUST by Antonio J. Mendez
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"Solid storytelling brought to bear on engaging material: a real-life pleasure for fans of John le Carré and Tom Clancy."
Fascinating memoir from a husband-and-wife team of spooky gamesmanship in the Cold War's deadly back alleys. Read full book review >

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FINDING HOME by Maruchi Mendez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2012

"A sad, cautionary tale peppered with enough back stories to keep human-interest readers engaged."
Mendez debuts with a poignant tribute to her son, a promising high school and college baseball star cut down by a heart defect. Read full book review >

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I LOVE YOU, SLEEPYHEAD by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A visual lullaby of love and peace sadly hampered by the limping scansion. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The tender reassurance of a mother's affecting presence at bedtime is a universally appreciated theme (hence its ubiquity), here handsomely rendered by Mendez in fuzzy-edged full-page paintings of animal families, accompanied by a gentle, sometimes lyrical, sometimes imbalanced rhyme. Read full book review >

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PREHISTORIC ANCESTORS OF MODERN ANIMALS by Matthew Rake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Armchair thrills aplenty for Anthropocene readers. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Artful digital collage makes it easy to imagine memorable modern encounters with a hippo-eating snake and other extinct creatures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA, WHY? by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 22, 2011

"The overall effect is soothing, affectionate, precious and cozy—practically guaranteed to lull little ones to sleep. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A lullaby featuring a polar bear mother and cub joins the legions of other tales of young ones asking their mothers the familiar—why? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THIS SPECIAL NIGHT by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though Mendez's large-format illustrations are appealing and the simple story is accessible to preschoolers, the ending demonstrates a lack of knowledge of the needs of this age group, who need to see to believe. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A group of farm animals is drawn together by an unusually bright star shining over a stable in their neighborhood in this sentimental Nativity story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CREEPY, CRAWLY CREATURES by Matthew Rake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Browsers' delights, but definitely not for the squeamish. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Ten of nature's little horrors, presented in a gallery of close-up photo portraits with all-too-detailed commentary. Read full book review >

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ONE WORLD KIDS COOKBOOK by Sean Mendez
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A deliciously engaging fusion of cookbook and cultural lesson. (Nonfiction. 8 & up)"
International recipes for families interested in cooking a variety of world cuisines together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BEAR AND THE WISHING TREE by Norbert Landa
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Pretty insubstantial, but definitely pretty. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A British import, this gentle but didactic story offers a lesson about sharing, caring and the watchfulness of moms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"A solid choice for fans of thrillers and international intrigue."
A real-life tale of intrigue and deception from a former CIA agent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A swift, engrossing summary of a life and a way of life. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
The retired, highly decorated chief of disguise for the CIA highlights his adventurous 25-year career. Read full book review >