Search Results: "Marisabina Russo"


BOOK REVIEW

MAMA TALKS TOO MUCH by Marisabina Russo
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"The book is a grand example of showing instead of telling, but the show, unfortunately, is dull. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Despite vibrant, detailed cityscapes, Russo (When Mama Gets Home, 1998, etc.) does such a good job portraying a young girl's boredom when her mother makes too many stops for conversation as they walk together to the supermarket that the story itself is tedious. Read full book review >

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I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL by Marisabina Russo
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A solid but unremarkable book. (Picture book. 5+)"
When summer is over, Ben is reluctant to return to school and frets over all the bad things that could happen on his first day in second grade. Read full book review >

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COME BACK, HANNAH! by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2001

"Pair this with the author's The Line Up Book (1986) for a matched set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Though crawlers themselves may be a bit young for this, parents, caregivers, and siblings will appreciate the little perpetual motion machine called Hannah. Read full book review >

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WHEN MAMA GETS HOME by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Those with less perfect lives will still want to cast their eyes over this one, which takes for granted that the members of a family can pitch in and show their respect and love for one another in the small details of the day. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The three children of a mother who works outside the home look forward to her return at the end of the day. Read full book review >

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SOPHIE SLEEPS OVER by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"A charming, emotionally resonant exploration of the oh-so-important concept of 'best friend.' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little bunny attends a sleepover birthday party at her best friend's house and discovers she may not be Olive's only "best friend." Read full book review >

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PETER IS JUST A BABY by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"For families who are just as happy to do without sturm und drang in their new-baby books, this is just the ticket. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A precocious big sister is unimpressed by her baby brother in this slice-of-life picture book on sibling dynamics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2005

"Matte gouache illustrations with the hieratic form of family photographs provide just the right counterpoint to Russo's exquisitely understated text. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Russo has found a way to tell young children about the Holocaust by recasting her own family's story—the one her own grandmother told her—in a lightly fictionalized version, with Oma telling a small girl named Rachel about her two photo albums. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH BABY by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Not Russo at her simple best, this familiar family story rambles on and offers nothing new. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Hannah and Sam well-known from their earlier outings (The Big Brown Box, 2000; Hannah!, 2001, etc.) play everything together; at least until Hannah gets a new doll that she takes everywhere she goes. Read full book review >

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THE BIG BROWN BOX by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Would that all such tempests would end so amicably. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Russo (Mama Who Talks Too Much, 1999, etc) draws from family experience again for this domestic contretemps. Read full book review >

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TIME TO WAKE UP! by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"The warm affection revealed in each step of the interaction is as evident in Russo's simple, bright pictures as it is in her brief text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A disarming slice of real life: While Mom gently tries to urge him out of bed (``Open your eyes''), the little boy snuggles in, murmuring sleepy rejoinders (``Can I open just one?''). Read full book review >