Search Results: "Leonie Frieda"


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NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 2013

"Richly researched and deeply complex—at times sufficient to bemuse as much as inform."
A biographer delivers the scholarly yet very human story of some talented women who held surprising sway in the incredible clutter of city-states that composed Renaissance Italy. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE DE MEDICI by Leonie Frieda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2005

"Persuasive rehabilitation of Catherine, not as a nice woman, but as a shrewd leader who did what she had to."
Scholarly but lively biography of the Italian-born queen who ruled France as regent during 30 years of bitter religious warfare. Read full book review >

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OONGA BOONGA by Frieda Wishinsky
Released: May 1, 1999

"Thompson's eloquent illustrations reflect both the comical and endearingly tender facets of the tale, providing a sparkling counterpart to Wishinsky's vivacious text. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A witty tribute to the exceptional and often inexplicable connection between siblings. Read full book review >

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WOOROLOO by Frieda Hughes
Released: Oct. 7, 1998

"A major debut."
The daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and a painter and children's book author in her own right, adds her own voice to the recent hubbub about her parents in two poems that will surely draw the most attention in the first volume of highly accomplished verse. —Granny— angrily addresses her maternal grandmother with its brilliant, fractured fairy-tale opening (—Mirror, mirror on the wall/Who is the least dead/Of us all?—) and finds the poet glad to avoid her mother's curse of —mother-guilt— from the loveless old woman. —Readers— rails against the cultists who pore over her mother's work and life, desecrating her memory, fingering —her mental underwear,— leaving nothing private for her daughter. Read full book review >

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HEDWIG AND BERTI by Frieda Arkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

"A bravura encore worth the wait."
German-Jewish couple escape the Holocaust but not their accursed heritage. Read full book review >

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WHO’S YAWNING? by David Bedford
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2009

"This overtly appealing concept book gives young readers the repetition they love, the fun of a guessing-game and a bedtime plot, but the chosen verb 'yawning' makes all the animal noises a cacophony of errors. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Bright yellow endpapers enclose this lift-the-flap book in which a questioning pachyderm asks, "Who's yawning?" Read full book review >

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THE NOISY FARM by Marni McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"This is a warm-hearted story that hints at the importance of symbiosis—and has a jolly good time doing it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the sun first sheds its light on the farm, the quiet patch of land is bestirred by the exuberant "Cock-a-doodle-doo" of the resident rooster. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"The story is mostly well told, with atmospheric watercolors from Marks, but the phrasing of the last sentence clanks horribly and nearly ruins the happy ending: 'love is perfect only when it will give up even the thing which it loves, for that thing's sake.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mark's watercolors add a misty flavor of magic to Picard's tender telling of her own fairy tale, in which a hero's true love for his bride is put to the ultimate test. Read full book review >

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THREE BAGS FULL by Leonie Swann
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"All these problems are handsomely solved at the unsurprising cost of making the human characters less interesting than the sheep. But the sustained tone of straight-faced wonderment is magical."
Just when you thought you'd seen a detective in every guise imaginable, here comes one in sheep's clothing. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S UP, BEAR? by Frieda Wishinsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"Where will the lovable Bear and his best friend travel next? (Picture book. 2-5)"
A trip to the Big Apple is fraught with anxiety for Sophie's stuffed bear in this tour-cum-opposite book. Read full book review >

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AVIS DOLPHIN by Frieda Wishinsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Arty illustrations and a turgid, purpose-driven narrative waste this opportunity to highlight a major tragedy in its centennial year. Interested readers will get more from Diana Preston's Remember the Lusitania! (2003). (afterword) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
Readers who think that the Titanic was the only great ocean liner that ever sank will find this fictionalized eyewitness account of the torpedoed Lusitania's last voyage a revelation.Read full book review >