Search Results: "Monica Carretero"


BOOK REVIEW

MONICA by Saunders Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"But Lewis is also an obtrusive writer whose digressions and summaries both vitiate this novel's artfulness and make it unlikely that Monica will ever be seen as anything more than an unusually interesting period piece."
Monica ($17.95 paperback original; Oct. 31; 120 pp.; 1-85411-195-7): The first American edition of a once-notorious 1930 novel by eminent Welsh writer Lewis (18931985), whose only foray into prose fiction was this Bovary-an tale of an unhappy housewife sustained, then betrayed, by her overheated romantic imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOX OF HOLES by Carmen Gil
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Disappointing and odd. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A wordy, rambling story with an arbitrary conclusion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE HANDBOOK by Monica Carretero
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Shelve in Davy Jones' locker. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A bland introduction to the pirate life manages to suck all the fun out of the subject. Read full book review >

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FAIRY HANDBOOK by Monica Carretero
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Like its diminutive subjects, easy to miss. (Picture book. 7-9)"
"Do fairies exist? The answer is a definite, energetic, resounding and unquestionable Yes." Read full book review >

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ROLY-POLIES by Monica Carretero
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"An excess of whimsy doesn't make up for absence of plot. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A multitalented family of googly-eyed bugs lives underneath the Grand Variety Theatre. Read full book review >

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MOM GOES TO WAR by Irene Aparici Martín
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A good idea drowns in unnecessary excess. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Great intentions yield few rewards in this well-meaning, plodding explanation of breast cancer for kids. Read full book review >

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LITTLE CAPTAIN JACK  by Alicia Acosta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2017

"Themes of diversity and self-esteem not only fill the sails, but keep firm grasp of the wheel in this nautical caper. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pirate captain so tiny he can be stuffed in a rival captain's pocket discovers that greatness can come in any size or shape. Read full book review >

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CLUCKY AND THE MAGIC KETTLE by Mar Pavón
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"This tale of self-esteem and the challenges of school has some serious logic problems. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A doting mother hen's special stew provides a generous and much-needed serving of community support for her brood. Read full book review >

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KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The book's portrayal of Pandy feels both self-congratulatory and unintentionally unpleasant, the hostility toward male characters is virulent—the only good male in the book may not be one—and the sense of humor is nil."
Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, 2008, etc.) is still playing her Sex and the City riffs in this self-referential sort-of satire about an author whose insanely popular fictional creation has taken over her life.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Keep Santa Monica Clean by Pasha Adam
Released: July 21, 2016

"A wildly entertaining take on Hollywood and the slime beneath the sparkle."
A Los Angeles noir novel shows readers a side of the city that they don't often allow themselves to see. Read full book review >

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LITTLE CLOUD LAMB by Ana A. de Eulate
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Idyllic watercolor scenes of stylized flowers or wide-eyed sheep wandering over grassy hills and leaping in the dreams of sleepy human figures fail to make this well-intentioned effort any less discomfiting. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A story about death that's far less likely to soothe young readers than confuse and creep them out. Read full book review >