Search Results: "Mathilde Stein"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAR DAISY DUNNINGTON by Mathilde Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"It's an odd and very European tale, and a very brave one. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Downtrodden Daisy imagines a much less restricted life for herself in amusing and ultimately hopeful ways. Read full book review >

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FRANKLIN STEIN by Ellen Raskin
Released: March 18, 1972

"Moral support for the lonely genius, and — being Raskin — it's ORIGINAL, CREATIVE and ARTISTIC."
Like his once-removed namesake, Franklin Stein labors alone in a creaky old house and brings forth a monster — this one named Fred and made of a mop, potato masher, necktie, skateboard, slats, fan, lamp, rake, feathers, etc. Franklin's family and neighbors and some wildly assorted passersby label Fred "WICKED ABOMINABLE DUMB SINISTER ATROCIOUS WEIRD REVOLTING" — until he wins the pet show blue ribbon and the judge's citation: "ORIGINAL CREATIVE ARTISTIC SUPERB." Read full book review >

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MINE! by Mathilde Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"A good vocabulary builder for over-possessive children and a worthy peace-mongering strategy for their siblings and caregivers to boot. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Engaging illustrations carry this import beyond the utilitarian modeling of socialization skills—though it does that too. Read full book review >

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STEIN HOUSE by Myra Hargrave McIlvain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2013

"A wonderful slice of history that animates mid-19th century Texas."
Historical fiction is anything but boring in McIlvain's (Legacy, 2012, etc.) latest work. Read full book review >

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ALLAN STEIN by Matthew Stadler
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A hackneyed portrayal of gay lust: vacuous, pointless, and tasteless in the extreme."
A pedophilic fantasy by the popular gay novelist (The Sex Offender, 1994, etc.) whose earlier work showed signs of a vivid imagination rather reluctantly reined in. Read full book review >

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THE CHILD CRUNCHER by Mathilde Stein
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Even younger and more sensitive children will be left smiling by this droll, if brief, import. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boring day brightens right up for a young lass when she's kidnapped by a hulking brute on a horse and carried off to a distant cave. Read full book review >

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BRAVE BEN by Mathilde Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2006

"Wry, but unexceptional, text-heavy odyssey, with a nice lesson. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young Ben gains confidence with the help of some enchanted forest creatures. Read full book review >

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MONSTERSONG by Mathilde Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"A refreshing alternative to, for instance, the well-worn Mercer Mayer chestnuts. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Displeased by his mother's highly unsatisfactory response to complaints of monsters under the bed, a child—rather, a piglet in the bright, loosely drawn pictures—takes matters into his own trotters. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This isn't anything like a blatant grab for Captain Underpants fans, oh no. (Fiction. 7-9)"
An anything-but-subtle tale about learning to get along with others, infused with bathroom humor and featuring a pint-sized Morticia Addams as main character. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Perhaps the most convincing marker of the success of this collection is that, in addition to conveying so much about these correspondents, it prompts one to regret anew the decline of letter writing."
By giving both sides of an ongoing written conversation, this useful collection offers an unusual portrait of a long and important literary friendship. Read full book review >

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BUT WHAT DOES MOMMY DO AT NIGHT? by Lise  Bilien
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 7, 2011

"Probably best suited for eccentric folks and hipsters. (iPad storybook app. 5-10)"
A particularly odd mix of photographs, graphics and sound bites offers clues about what mommies do when they go out at night. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A smart showcase of a half-century's worth of pathways in fiction."
A compendium of The Paris Review's short story hits, curated with the ambitious, aspiring writer in mind. Read full book review >