Search Results: "Lisa Desimini"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FLEATASTICS by Lisa Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Kids enjoying the intricate visuals won't worry that the story doesn't make much sense. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's "the greatest show on dogs!" Read full book review >

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TRICK-OR-TREAT, SMELL MY FEET! by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Twin witches out to sabotage their neighborhood's trick-or-treating get what they deserve in this disappointingly unpolished holiday yarn. Read full book review >

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POLICEMAN LOU AND POLICEWOMAN SUE by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Despite good intentions, a popular topic, and a closing page of vague safety tips ('When you need help, talk to a trusted adult or a friend'), this clunker will neither engage child readers nor inform them. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Between shared breakfast and dinner, a pair of uniformed police officers minds a small-town beat in this wooden, sexist companion to the much superior Dot the Fire Dog (2001). Read full book review >

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DOT THE FIRE DOG by Lisa  Desimini
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Reserved for that reader who wants anything at all about firefighters. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A usually venturesome artist tries for a younger audience, with cutesy, sticky-sweet results. Read full book review >

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SUN AND MOON by Lisa  Desimini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The sentiments are lovely, but the tale is driven more by the art and symbolism than plot. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Boy meets girl in this contemporary parable about the strength of love and friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC WEAVER OF RUGS by Jerrie Oughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

A second Navajo myth from the team that collaborated on How the Stars Fell into the Sky (1992). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT PEACE MARCH by Holly Near
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Music included; note on the march. (Picture book. 6+)"
A song originally written for the 1986 Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament (from L.A. to Washington, D.C., a nine-month event). Read full book review >

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TOUCH THE POEM by Arnold Adoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"The interplay of words and images expresses the playfulness and multiplicity of poetry itself, creating a rich effect that will draw readers back again and again. (Picture book/poetry. 4-9)"
There is poetry in the art and in the juxtaposition of art and text, as well as in the words themselves in this second ingenious poetry collection by Adoff and Desimini (Love Letters, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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LOVE LETTERS by Arnold Adoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Every spread stands alone, a vignette of immeasurable emotion. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
A collection of love poems spoken in the distinct voice of a sibling, schoolmate, student, playmate, secret admirer, and even the self. Read full book review >

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HOW THE STARS FELL INTO THE SKY by Jerrie Oughton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A dramatically handsome setting for an especially noble Native American tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Oughton's first book for children is a lyrical retelling of a potent myth: It is First Woman's idea that ``the laws'' should be written for all to see. Read full book review >