Search Results: "Mardiyah A. Tarantino"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 23, 2011

"A story for children and adults, full of historical details and humorous anecdotes."
A strong-willed, patriotic young girl growing up during World War II dreams of being a war heroine in Tarantino's (Life at the Café Berlitz: A Memoir of Paris, 2004) heartwarming tale. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2008

"For a far more compelling dissection of Tarantino and his contemporaries, see Sharon Waxman's excellent Rebels on the Backlot (2005), which offers three vital qualities sorely lacking here: access, context and insight."
Super-uncool biography of the supercool filmmaker. Read full book review >

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QUENTIN TARANTINO by Jami Bernard
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Perhaps Tarantino will one day merit a biography; it certainly won't be this one. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A premature biography, shallow and uninspired. Read full book review >

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I HEAR A PICKLE by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Teachers, make sure this is on your shelves—it's a great read-aloud, an easy read for beginning readers, and a model for student books. (Picture/concept book. 3-6)"
Only the last page features the titular pickle—the rest of the book is a tribute to the five senses that will resonate with young readers. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A BOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A good-enough choice for parents and teachers to use to get the youngest goblins excited about many adults' favorite holiday while introducing sophisticated, though still one-syllable, vocabulary. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden puts a Halloween spin on her successful wordplay board books, Peek-a-Who? (2000) and Peek-a-Zoo! (2014). Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-ZOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"While the first book executed this gimmick more successfully (there are only so many words that rhyme with 'Boo'), this companion title is a welcome pairing. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The follow-up to the long-lived and much-loved Peek-a-Who? (2000) is finally here. Read full book review >

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PEEK-A CHOO-CHOO! by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A disappointing trip on a too-frequently-driven track. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden revisits the formula she found early success with in Peek-a Who? (2000). Read full book review >

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PEEK-A-WHO? by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
Released: April 1, 2000

"Companion book is Ready, Set, Go! (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The classic child's game of peek-a-boo becomes an exuberant guessing game in this compact, colorful board book from Laden (When Pigasso Met Mootisse, 1998). Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A HAUNTING by M. Verano
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Somewhat slow pacing and a horror-movie ending may disappoint some, but here's one not to read in the dark. (Horror. 14-18)"
What's worse than leaving LA behind for frozen, slushy Idaho? Moving into a gloomy, pest-ridden, and probably haunted mansion. Read full book review >

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LIFE'S A WITCH by Brittany Geragotelis
Released: July 9, 2013

"There isn't enough magic in the world to make this a good book. (Paranormal chick lit. 12 & up)"
Geragotelis' Wattpad project-turned-series continues with another underwhelming entry. Read full book review >

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A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO ART by Heather Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Limited scope notwithstanding, this is terrific for browsing, thinking, dreaming and art-making. (index, timeline, removable coloring sheets) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
An all-too-brief introduction to art for the younger set. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A BABY WOMBAT by Jackie French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Still, the air of freshness that blew through the first book is absent here; better to buy a new copy of the first than to invest in this rerun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
If this duo's minimalist Diary of a Wombat (2003) was a textbook example of words and art together creating narrative, then this sequel is equally an exemplar of what can go wrong when you try to apply a formula to success. Read full book review >