Search Results: "Marianna Beck"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ECSTATIC MOMENT by Marianna Beck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A useful (and occasionally stirring) overview of a burgeoning field."
The contemporary upsurge of interest in erotica got a boost from Libido magazine, which, since 1988, has published an extraordinary range of erotic fiction. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES by Marianna Mayer
Released: March 24, 1989

Lush, opulent illustrations—skillfully designed and painted—and elegant borders and vignettes embellishing the handsome format make this a book to attract attention. Read full book review >

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IRON JOHN by Marianna Mayer
Released: Sept. 29, 1999

"The message of the peaceable kingdom is not subtle, but it is worthy. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
PLB 0-688-11555-1 The Iron John legend, probably best known in its incarnation as the Grimms' tale of Iron Hans, is handed a significant tinkering by Mayer, to give it new ethical dimensions. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As most of the dire visions and passages have been de-emphasized, this isn't exactly a balanced view, but what remains are expressions of tough love, and hope, that may be balm for troubled readers in troubled times. (Source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Mayer follows up Seeing Jesus In His Own Words (2002) with a similarly sumptuous return to the previous Testament, profiling 20 prophets and characterizing their messages on spreads bordered by wide, parchment-patterned bands and illustrated with European religious art from the last dozen or so centuries. Read full book review >

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YOUNG MARY OF NAZARETH by Marianna Mayer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Particularly good reproductions of the artwork coupled with a well-written story make this an appealing, empowering volume. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A personal interpretation of the Virgin Mary's girlhood, illustrated with luminous reproductions of fine art by Giotto, Fra Fillipo Lippi, Rossetti, Georges de La Tour, and others. Read full book review >

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THE INCONCEIVABLE LIFE OF QUINN by Marianna Baer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 4, 2017

"Uneven pacing hobbles an intriguing plot. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Quinn is 16, a virgin—or so she thinks—and pregnant. Miracle or repressed trauma? Read full book review >

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THE REAL SANTA CLAUS by Marianna Mayer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Nonetheless, Mayer's (The Twelve Apostles, not reviewed, etc.) work is a wonderful tribute to the saint whose generosity is celebrated every year. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The life of the real St. Read full book review >

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ELLIOT’S NOISY NIGHT by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"MPQUOTEPAGECOUNT 802) or the shelf full of other takes on the theme. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The plush moose gets past another common domestic challenge in this seventh outing in the industry known as Elliot (Elliot Gets Stuck, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

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ELLIOT’S BATH by Andrea Beck
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Fans of the books will not be disappointed, but there's not much else to recommend. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Several stuffed animals run into a problem when Socks the monkey inadvertently spills paint on herself and on Elliot the plush moose. Read full book review >

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A BUNNY IN THE BALLET by Robert Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Alas, not the stuff of dreams for balletomane readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Toe shoes and tutus are the stuff of dreams for a rabbit. Read full book review >

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FROST by Marianna Baer
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"For those fans of Gail Giles and Nancy Werlin who don't mind thrillers with a slower pace. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
Boarding school turns from magical to deadly in this debut. Read full book review >

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FIDDLIN' SAM by Marianna Dengler
Released: Sept. 10, 1999

"Gerig's watercolors deliver the scenic beauty of the region and carry their own version of a familial tribute. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In a family memoir of the most affecting kind, readers are invited to a long-ago time in the Ozark Mountains and the story of a musician who owned "the clothes on his back and a fine old lionhead fiddle." Read full book review >