Search Results: "Jude Isabella"


BOOK REVIEW

THE RED BICYCLE by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Well-meant but more didactic than entertaining. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
When Leo outgrows his beloved red bicycle, he sends it to Burkina Faso, where it takes on new lives. Read full book review >

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CHITCHAT by Jude Isabella
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"An encouraging primer that ought to spark interest for further study. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Both fundamentals and peculiarities of language are introduced in this light-handed survey. Read full book review >

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SOME OF ME by Isabella Rossellini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"The relaxed, breezy, straightforward tone of these brief pieces is startlingly effective: It's rather like spending a long evening listening to a hectic, disarmingly honest (and charmingly ironic) stream-of- consciousness monologue. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A collage of autobiographical recollections by the model and actress, featuring wry insights on her professions (for her first Vogue cover, in 1982, she was paid $150; there are some fascinating glimpses of her work with the director David Lynch, ``the Jimmy Stewart from Mars''), reflections on her famous parents (the director Roberto Rossellini, who conducted much of his life from his bed, even keeping a film-editing table next to it, and the actress Ingrid Bergman, who ``loved acting most and above all''), droll, chatty passages on everything from bras to the true meaning of glamour, and frank descriptions of such matters as the therapeutic uses of lying and her idiosyncratic habit of holding discussions with her ``ghosts'' (principally, her mother and father) at particularly stressful moments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 1992

"No birding enthusiast will want to be without a copy for his or her shelf. (Six color reproductions; 16 pages of b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
Lively portrait of the ornithologist whose groundbreaking works of bird descriptions and taxonomy far exceeded in volume, if not in quality, those of his American rival, Audubon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Dusi gives Montalcino a real presence, but readers may wish she would stop talking long enough for them to smell the rosemary and garlic."
A leisurely and comprehensive—perhaps too leisurely and comprehensive—catalogue of seasons in a Tuscan town, from Australian Dusi. Read full book review >

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SIVU’S SIX WISHES by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"His lack of self-understanding adds another thought-provoking element to a tale identified (by the author, at least—others have different ideas) as Taoist. (afterword) (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Daly gives her version of the oft-retold "Stonecutter" a contemporary setting—dressing small figures in modern clothes and placing them as often as not against urban backdrops. Read full book review >

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FAIR, BROWN AND TREMBLING by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2000

"An interesting, although somewhat cold and flat retelling of the familiar story, this tale will perhaps be of more interest to students comparing versions of archetypal fairy tales than to the children for whom it is intended. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Another version of the Cinderella story, this one based on a traditional Irish folktale. Read full book review >

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SIX BLIND MICE AND AN ELEPHANT by Jude Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2017

"Sweet illustrations and an updated ending to an old fable allow the moral to come through without the conflicts of earlier versions. Lovely. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a very hot day, an elephant wanders into a barn and has a nap. Excited to finally see an elephant up close, the farmer calls in his family, who call in neighbors to see the magnificent animal. Read full book review >

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LOOT by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Taut, engrossing and unstoppable. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Feisty thieves-in-training Jules and March are faced with a daunting challenge after their father plunges to his death while committing a crime. Read full book review >

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STING by Jude Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Thrilling and exciting; the perfect choice for a quick read. (Thriller. 10-16)"
Can four teens successfully steal three sapphires and then elude a determined FBI agent, a nasty international crime syndicate, and worse yet, the rare, supposedly caring adults in their lives? Read full book review >

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SORCERY RISING by Jude Fisher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 2, 2002

"Nice touches but largely familiar hop-hop-hop kid stuff that never rises to the dramatically big or spineshaking."
A fantasy debut from the pseudonymous Fisher (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Visual Companion), an established English fantasy/SF publisher and expert on J.R.R. Tolkien. Read full book review >

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THE MULBERRY TREE by Jude Deveraux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Hard-core fans might make it through these thickets of haphazard plot. But sloppy prose and unappealing characters mark a low for the perhaps too-prolific Deveraux, author of 'twenty-seven New York Times bestsellers' (The Summerhouse, 2001, etc.)."
Billionaire leaves his widow nothing but a ramshackle farmhouse. Read full book review >