Search Results: "Monica Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

TITO PUENTE, MAMBO KING / TITO PUENTE, REY DEL MAMBO by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A vibrant, reverent celebration of the godfather of salsa. (biographical note; brief musical notation for rumba beat included in the text) (Bilingual picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Brown and López, who previously teamed for the award-winning My Name Is Celia (2004), collaborate anew in this energetic bilingual tribute to the salsa drummer and band leader extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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LOLA LEVINE IS NOT MEAN! by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Celebrate a truly accepting multicultural character. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Brown introduces a smart, young protagonist with a multicultural background in this series opener for chapter-book readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAYA'S BLANKET/LA MANTA DE MAYA by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"As the book ends, Maya's daughter is sleeping under 'her own special, magical manta.' Readers may be eager to tell their own versions of the story—that's how magic works. (author's note, glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 5-9)"
A familiar tale crosses cultures with almost magical ease. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as 'quiquiriquí,' 'tacatac' and 'iii-aah' adding to the fun. (author's note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown's latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Marisol's varied, distinctive lifestyle and multiracial family affirms our increasingly blended society and clearly celebrates independent thinking. Brava! (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl celebrates her multiracial background and pride in her individuality through a creative and non-conformist attitude. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHAVELA AND THE MAGIC BUBBLE by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Unfortunately, Morales (A Piñata in a Pine Tree, 2009, etc.) repeats the same facial features, clothing style and range of colors used in her prior works, generalizing the story's pleasing geographical specificity. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Chavela's joy is to chew all kind of gums. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A supplemental rather than introductory book on the great artist. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Frida Kahlo's strong affection for and identification with animals form the lens through which readers view her life and work in this picture-book biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARISOL MCDONALD AND THE CLASH BASH/MARISOL MCDONALD Y LA FIESTA SIN IGUAL by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"A broadly appealing bilingual and bicultural celebration of being oneself and the love of family. (author's note, bilingual glossary) (Picture book. 6-8)"
The confident, exuberant, bicultural-and-proud Marisol McDonald is back in this follow-up to Brown's introduction to the character, Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina (2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PELÉ, KING OF SOCCER/PELÉ, EL REY DEL FUTBOL by Monica Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Spanish text, this inspiring blend of art and story scores a winning goal. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
This beautifully designed story of soccer's best athlete begins in the midst of a game with the star about to score. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLARA AND THE CURANDERA / <i>CLARA Y LA CURANDERA</i> by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A charming tale almost any child (and parent) can relate to. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Brown's latest bilingual offering, a grumpy little Latina girl gets a subtle lesson in caring, sharing and the pleasures of reading. Read full book review >