Search Results: "Maria Monescillo"


BOOK REVIEW

MARY WRIGHTLY, SO POLITELY by Shirin Yim Bridges
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"Understated and sunny itself, this picture book subtly prescribes behavior appropriate for situations dire and everyday. So, um, well, will you give it a read...please? (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mary Wrightly's so soft-spoken and well-mannered she sometimes gets overlooked, but when her polite passivity almost allows the perfect birthday gift for her baby brother to slip away, she pipes up. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE JANE BATTLES BEDTIME by Myra Wolfe
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2011

"While references to 'juicy' living seem a bit cutesy and out of step with the pirate theme, the bedtime story is satisfying, and casting a little girl as a pirate is downright refreshing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a pirate/bedtime-story mash-up, a little girl resists sleeping until she realizes that some shut-eye will restore her "formidable oomph." Read full book review >

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MANY DAYS, ONE SHABBAT by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This light and unencumbered overture holds a substantial message for young Jewish families. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The concept of one/many runs throughout this Shabbat story featuring a modern family as it prepares to host a low-key Sabbath dinner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL by Maria Boyd
FICTION
Released: July 13, 2010

"Still, Will's feelings and relationship struggles are authentic, and the dialogue is crisp when the author pulls her message punches. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Aussie soccer jock and guitar player Will is forced to join the band of his high school's musical as punishment for mooning a bus full of girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICA by Maria Testa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Riveting—and tender. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Testa writes stories told in poems of surpassing beauty, fragility and depth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

This copiously illustrated history of America's ``most successful humor magazine'' never takes itself too seriously, despite patches of banal social history and cultural analysis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOTHERLAND by Maria Hummel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Heart-rending and chilling."
Inspired by family letters, Hummel chronicles the existence of an ordinary middle-class German family in the waning days of the Third Reich. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1992

"The dreary monograph form of much of the book never quite gels, unfortunately, with Tatar's practical, if undeveloped, popular exhortations. (Thirty illustrations—some seen.)"
Provocative observations on the uses (and misuses) of ``classic'' fairy tales are overwhelmed by academic jargon in this oddly disjointed and disappointing study from Tatar (German Literature/Harvard). Read full book review >

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BEDTIME SHORT STORIES by Maria Davis
Released: Nov. 27, 2013

"Easy to read and mildly enjoyable, best for kids learning to read on their own."
A rhyming, songlike book of illustrated short stories for kids to read aloud. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU HAVE THE WRONG MAN by Maria Flook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"Deeply flawed—and almost as deeply interesting—work from an ambitious writer who's obviously still finding her material and her voice, and who may yet produce much better fiction."
A frustratingly uneven first collection, by the young author of the novels Family Night (1992) and Open Water (1995). Read full book review >