Search Results: "Margaret Anastas"


BOOK REVIEW

MOMMY’S BEST KISSES by Margaret Anastas
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"A wonderful anytime choice for encouraging head-to-toe kisses. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pink knees, soft necks, and round tummies beg to be kissed again and again in this sweet rhyming celebration of the love of mothers for their babies. Read full book review >

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AN UNDERACHIEVER'S DIARY by Benjamin Anastas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 1998

"This is, however, on balance a first novel in need of a plot."
A wearyingly discursive if often very funny fictional autobiography in the form of a diary kept by the less accomplished of a proud progressive couple's deeply divergent twin sons. Read full book review >

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Benjamin Anastas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"The raw yet eloquent presentation of a life in crisis mode."
A miasma of misfortune hobbles a successful author's life and livelihood. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"An ambitious book, undone by its surfeit of symbolic meanings, leading—well, God knows where."
A satire on the state of the American soul comes partially dressed in the bygone literary conventions of such learned colonists as Jonathan Edwards. Read full book review >

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7 SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS HEADING TO FILM AND TV
by John DeNardo

You've seen 7 Fantasy Novels Heading to Film and TV. Now let's take a look at the science fiction books coming your way…

 

Coyote by Allen Steele

Last month, I recommended you read Allen Steele's Captain Future origin story Avengers of the Moon. You should also check out his back catalog for his Coyote series, which ...


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IN FULL FLIGHT WITH GREG PIZZOLI
by Julie Danielson

The start of a new year is always exciting for readers. We envision brand-spankin’-new books from our favorite authors and new artwork from illustrators whose work we love to see. Look past our shoulders and you’ll see crossed fingers that our favorite writers and artists have something in store for us.

Most surprising of all is when we get ...


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BOOK REVIEW

INKBLOT by Margaret Peot
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Equally cool for kids and parents, art classes or casual groups. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
This exciting road map through an underappreciated art form shows that "[a]nything is possible with inkblots." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 11, 1942

"She writes extremely well, making something which sounds abstract, theoretical, limited, of immediacy and interest to all."
A sharp, discerning and quite fascinating study of the character structure of America, what we are ourselves, what made us this way and what we have which will enable us to win the war and form the postwar world. Read full book review >

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GULLIBLE'S TROUBLES by Margaret Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The message is pretty mean, but the paintings—rich in color, detail, and silliness—will have children laughing out loud by the closing scene. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anyone who has ever been bamboozled by a belief that those he loves are telling the truth will be rooting for Gullible Guineapig. Read full book review >

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ROMEO AND JULIET by Margaret Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Beautiful patterned borders, street scenes, and architectural details are recognizable from the actual city of Verona and some well-known Renaissance paintings. (Picture book. 9-12)"
The warring families, gang fighting, teen passion, and tragic denouement will be too daunting for the conventional picture- book audience; instead, Early (Robin Hood, 1996, etc.) casts the tale of the star-crossed lovers into occasionally lackluster prose accessible to middle-school children with no firsthand knowledge of the story. Read full book review >

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NOW I'M BIG by Margaret Miller
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Miller (My Five Senses, 1994, etc.) offers a simple concept, carefully executed, that will reinforce all children's sense of mastery of basic tasks. (Picture book. 3+)"
A book that acts as a visual yardstick for preschool children to gauge just how much they've grown and learned since they were babies. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTY by Margaret Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Still, where affordable, a handsome evocation of the tale's courtly origins. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
An illustrator whose Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1989) was an ALA Notable renders one of Perrault's tales (without the concluding episodes about the ogre mother-in-law) in a similarly sumptuous style. Read full book review >