Search Results: "Marisabina Russo"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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LITTLE BIRD TAKES A BATH by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Simple and understated—and all the more enjoyable for it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the decidedly urban setting that Little Bird calls his own, he wakes up with a song—he always starts his day with a song—and looks for a puddle for a bath after the unpleasantness of the nighttime rain. Read full book review >

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THE BUNNIES ARE NOT IN THEIR BEDS by Marisabina Russo
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"Sure to spark laughter from both generations, this will find an audience with parents and children alike—and hopefully will not spark too much copycat behavior. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Russo's latest will have the parents of young children shaking their heads and smiling ruefully—and hoping to keep their tots in a crib. Read full book review >

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A VERY BIG BUNNY by Marisabina Russo
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 26, 2010

"This tale proves there's room for one more opposites-attract book on the shelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's hard being the biggest bunny in class. Read full book review >

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TRADE-IN MOTHER by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 1993

"Russo's simple dialogue nicely reflects a child's sense of injustice at normal constraints, while her attractive illustrations, formed of flat areas of bright, subtly harmonizing colors, reinforce the realistic story's warmth and sense of security. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Max is having a frustrating day, and it all seems like Mama's fault: she's the one who makes him wear his jacket, won't let him stay alone while she runs errands, and insists on washing his hair. Read full book review >

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ALEX IS MY FRIEND by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 1992

"Russo's attractive illustrative style— expressive, simply delineated faces and flat, generalized forms in intense, subtly modulated colors—reflect the text's cheerfully sensible approach to its serious theme. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From the time Ben is coming in a stroller to the park where they first meet, Alex and Ben are close friends. Read full book review >

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A VISIT TO OMA by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 1991

"A perceptive glimpse of a child's imaginative concept of her elder's past. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Every week, Celeste calls on Oma, her great-grandmother, receiving a warm welcome and listening patiently to Oma's long stories—which Celeste can't understand: Oma doesn't speak English. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF SPORTS by Marisabina Russo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"One would need Jim's courage to overcome the cover illustration, neither evocative nor inviting, but if a middle reader joins Russo on this journey, he might just find that life is like basketball: there's more than one way to run the offense. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Those who have never known the tense pressure of shooting a free throw in front of a home crowd may at least have felt the knot in their stomach when facing an expectant audience while giving a speech. Read full book review >