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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Occasionally too graphic for comfort, but overall, entertaining and instructive."
A husband-and-wife team of dermatologists use fascinating clinical tales about their patients to share their knowledge of the body's outer wrapping. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY by Loretta Krupinski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Children in the New York area are a natural audience for this merry mouse tale, but the appealing illustrations and country mouse-city mouse connection make will help this story travel to cozy story times in any location. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two charming country mice reprise the Nativity story with a New York City setting. Read full book review >

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THE ROYAL MICE by Loretta Krupinski
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Mildly amusing and shiny to look at. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Faster than youngsters can learn to spell Despereaux, a troupe of brave little mice save themselves from a cat-for-hire in this tale both pretty and silly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORMGLASS PROTOCOL by Tim Pratt
Released: Sept. 4, 2013

"Breakneck pacing and intelligent writing make this an undeniably entertaining read for espionage aficionados of all ages."
This espionage thriller for young readers—the first installment of a planned series—revolves around a boy recruited to be an operative for a secret organization whose mission is to protect the world from evil. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARADISE BAY by James Michael Pratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2002

"Sweetness and light in a plot riddled with shortcuts."
Again from Pratt (Ticket Home, 2001, etc.), a love story too saccharine and formulaic to be affecting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Honest and occasionally vexing, this will have special appeal to teens and their parents."
Stirringly candid portraits of more than 20 teens, interspersed with commentary, reminiscences, and diary entries from Pratt's teen years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST VALENTINE by James Michael Pratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1998

"Sincere, heartfelt, and a natural for television. (TV rights to Vonzernick-Sertner Films; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Love, as tested by war and time, is affectingly celebrated in this artless and affirming first novel that, previously self- published, appears now in a trade edition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Singular compositions focus on each dog as individual, without ornament or fanfare, as if in sculptural relief, carved against the surrounding vast plane of the page. (notes, sources) (Folklore. 8-14)"
Man's best friend is at the heart of 13 curious tales culled from worldwide traditions, crossing oceans and time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Barbara Cooney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"Institutions concerned about the religious content of their materials will be comfortable with this presentation; Christian readers may find it somewhat blunt. (Picture book. 6-9)"
This revision of Cooney's Christmas (1967) is aimed at a religiously diverse audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Why the Rabbi Played Clarinet in the Sauna by Dina Shtull
Released: May 7, 2014

"A warm, humorous remembrance."
This illustrated children's book shares family anecdotes about Jack, the author's rabbi father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Strong story but a confusing execution that's best suited for double-acrostic fans."
Potentially fascinating story of how two infants were switched at birth that's maimed by poor organization and choppy characterization and narration. Read full book review >