Search Results: "Lara Xavier"


BOOK REVIEW

HEDGEHOG BOOK by Lara  Xavier
by Lara Xavier, illustrated by Roberta Lucarini, developed by Ardozia
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2012

"Still a bobble or two in the design, but an engaging imagination stretcher. (iPad play app. 4-6)"
Three independent, partly cumulative illustrated minitales—none of which features a hedgehog. Read full book review >

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VEHICLES by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"The tactile elements, engaging visuals, and provocative word clusters offer a rewarding experience for adults and tots alike. (Board book. 2-4)"
Different types of vehicles are introduced using tactile images paired with word clusters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEASONS by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Although the touch-and-feel element is not essential, this French import is a cheery way to teach very young children about seasonal weather. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
A large 8-inch square trim size is put to good use to introduce the four seasons to young children in this touch-and-feel outing. Read full book review >

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MAXIMILIAN & THE BINGO REMATCH by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Though this sequel doesn't achieve the same victory as its predecessor, it does set the stage for more engaging rounds to come—here's hoping. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maximilian, the lucha-libre-obsessed 11-year-old from Garza's Pura Belpré Honor winner, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel (2011), returns to tackle a new mystery—understanding girls! Read full book review >

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JOJO'S FIRST WORD BOOK by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Here's hoping Deneux can find a more developmentally appropriate package for his accessible cartoons. (Board book. 3-4)"
This French import is an encyclopedic exploration of the world of a 2-year-old bunny named Jojo. Read full book review >

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COLORS by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"This is a shame, as the mix of graphic simplicity and innovative tactile format would have made both of these delightful additions to the board-book canon; as it is, they represent choke hazards to babies and toddlers, who would most benefit from them. (Board book. 3-4)"
A bold, graphic and tactile introduction to colors. Read full book review >

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ZULEMA AND THE WITCH OWL/ZULEMA Y LA BRUJA LECHUZA by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2009

"What might work well as an oral cautionary tale translates into a detrimentally moralistic book. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The disturbing use of scare tactics to reform a mean-spirited, nine-year-old bully lies at the heart of this bilingual English/Spanish story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"His afterword gives a brief history of Mexican wrestling and especially El Santo—The Saint—its most popular hero and the original man in the silver mask. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Carlitos and his father go to the arena in Mexico City to watch a bout of "lucha libre" (professional wrestling) with Carlitos's Uncle Vicente. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY ANIMALS by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2016

"Classy, beautiful, and developmentally appropriate—a winner. (Board book. 9 mos.-2)"
Sophisticated design and extra-thick pages invite handling of this entry in Deneux's TouchThinkLearn series. Read full book review >

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MY ANIMALS by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"In one word: perfect. (Board book. 0-2)"
Some well-known animals are introduced to the littlest readers. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"Older middle-grade readers will find these Latin American horror stories deliciously short but spooky. (Short stories. 8-12)"
An entertaining bilingual collection of short stories that feature a creepy assortment of Mexican-inspired ghosts, witches, monsters, and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MERCY by Lara Santoro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"More persuasive as polemic than as fiction."
The life of a burnt-out, boozy, under-performing journalist in Africa is turned around via her involvement with an AIDS campaigner. Read full book review >