Search Results: "Laura Francesca Filippucci"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The strange kakapo…'—fans of Graeme Base's Water Hole (2001) and its ilk will enjoy playing 'spot the beastie,' as long as they aren't in it for the information. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Reporting in verse on his world-spanning travels, naturalist B.B. Barnswhitten sets out in search of 14 rarely (or never) seen creatures from the golden toad to the Loch Ness Monster. Read full book review >

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THE CEMETERY KEEPERS OF GETTYSBURG by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Readers will be touched and sobered by this deeply felt glimpse of battle, and what follows. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)"
High builds on true events for this child's-eye view of the Civil War battle and its aftermath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp2000. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Written in an odd mix of rhymed and free verse, this middle-class-child's-eye view of the Blizzard of 1888 offers a compelling picture of the disaster and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS PACKAGE by Francesca Chessa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Deeply textured and richly colored, they capture the flavors and resiliency of childhood daydreams and imbue the world of Charlie and Frances with an endearing simplicity. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Chessa tells a simple story of two children, Charlie and Frances, whose parents have received a large package in the mail. Read full book review >

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HOLLY’S RED BOOTS by Francesca Chessa
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The seamless combination of art and text will be rollicking fun for young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Holly wants to make a snowman, but cannot find her red boots to keep her feet dry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEFT-HANDED DREAMS by Francesca Duranti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"You may find yourself yawning in the company of Martina Satriano, but you'll want to hear more about Lobster Amoricaine."
The protagonist and narrator of this unfortunately tepid meditative novel is Martina Satriano, an Italian-American academic whose return journey to Rome (after many years away) for her mother's funeral occasions a series of dreamlike reminiscences of her years in both countries, former loves and occupations (in Italy, she had worked as a chef to support her family), and musings about the unlived lives she might have had. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMELS DON'T SKI by Francesca Simon
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Readers will enjoy one go-around, but this story from Simon (see review, above) is probably too one-note and simplistic for repeat readings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Calamity, a camel with a peevish attitude about her life in a caravan, trades in her heavy packs for a colder climate and skis and soon yearns for her former life. Read full book review >

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CALLING ALL TODDLERS by Francesca Simon
Released: March 1, 1999

"An exuberant celebration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This tribute overflows with the gleeful, impassioned zest that is part and parcel of being a toddler. Read full book review >

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HUGO AND THE BULLY FROGS by Francesca Simon
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A funny story, with surprises that will have toddlers giggling. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In a book that shows one kind of conflict resolution, Hugo, a shy frog with a small croak, learns to be more assertive with the help of a duck. Read full book review >

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ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 30, 2017

"A wrenching depiction of depression and anxiety, respectful to fandom, online-only friendships, and the benefits and dangers of internet fame. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Creator of an astonishingly successful webcomic—or a nonentity of a high school senior? Read full book review >