Search Results: "Margaret Mazzantini"


BOOK REVIEW

DON’T MOVE by Margaret Mazzantini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2004

"The pull of the darkly irrational: it's a fascinating theme, but Mazzantini doesn't do it justice."
Can you imagine a love affair beginning with a rape? That's the challenge an Italian actress/second-novelist sets herself in her American debut. Read full book review >

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TWICE BORN by Margaret Mazzantini
Released: May 16, 2011

"Too bad the overly packed novel's repetitiveness may lose some readers because Mazzantini's depictions of love, maternal and romantic, are powerfully raw."
The siege of Sarajevo is both subject and backdrop in this multilayered love story from Italian Mazzantini (Don't Move, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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MORNING SEA by Margaret Mazzantini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A tragedy for our time."
As in her novel about Sarajevo (Twice Born, 2011), Mazzantini explores displacement and the effect of political chaos on individual lives in this extremely brief but intense story of Libyans seeking refuge in Italy and Italians seeking their lost past in Libya.Read full book review >

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CROW MADE A FRIEND by Margaret Peot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A brightly illustrated story perfect for the very beginner reader. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Crow is alone. How will he make a friend? Read full book review >

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BOOM, BABY, BOOM BOOM! by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"One cool Mama, one cunning baby and five opportunistic animals—yum, yum, fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This reissue of Mahy's 1997 publication illustrated by Patricia MacCarthy rings with her familiar, infectious rhythm and repetition and is rejuvenated with new illustrations. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"But fun's the main event, in the form of an incredibly intricate plot and continuous wordplay and hilarity- -enough for a dozen more ordinary books. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the antic spirit of The Blood-and-Thunder Adventure on Hurricane Peak (1989), another from the irrepressible New Zealander's past—published abroad in 1983, a farce involving a young man who escapes managing "Ye Olde Pyratte Shippe Tea Shoppe" to set sail with his staff, already suitably costumed, in the shop/ship, now christened the Sinful Sausage in honor of their hoped-for exploits. Read full book review >

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A BUSY DAY FOR A GOOD GRANDMOTHER by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"A delight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Urgently, Scrimshaw telephones his mother for help: Wanda's left him with Sweeney, who's teething, and only some of his grandmother's cock-a-hoop honey cake will mollify him. Read full book review >

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PLEASE DON’T TEASE TOOTSIE by Margaret Chamberlain
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Eyebrows resume contented position. (Picture book. 3 & up)"
Tootsie's angry eyebrows on the cover say it all: Don't mess with the cat. Read full book review >

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THE RED WOLF by Margaret Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2002

"Though turning her father into a mouse may seem a rather draconian way to win freedom, her tough-mindedness may give children feeling similarly smothered both amusement and vicarious relief. (Picture book. 8-10)"
An original "princess in a tower" tale with a startling twist. Read full book review >

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ROBIN HOOD by Margaret Early
adapted by Margaret Early, illustrated by Margaret Early
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Read this copy indoors with velvet gloves on, and save Howard Pyle's classic telling to read outside under the trees. (Picture book/folklore. 10+)"
Early (Sleeping Beauty, 1993, etc.) now adds the tales of Sir Robin to her artistic retellings of classics. 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 >