Search Results: "Monica Carretero"


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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG FEARS by Monica Arnaldo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Other than the opportunity to commiserate with the children in these pages (while, one hopes, not picking up any new fears along the way), there is little for kids to take away from this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Arnaldo explores some of the fears young children experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLORS FOR ZENA by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"Chipper and cartoony, but not fertile enough to tempt children to actually try mixing colors themselves. (color definitions, recommended activities) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This introduction to colors and color mixing is cheerful but antiseptic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIZZA AT SALLY’S by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good pizza is tailor made to bring out a smile, and Wellington gets that zestful pleasure just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wellington likes to write and draw people at work: bakers, firefighters, farmers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT HOUSE, BRIGHT HOUSE by Monica Wellington
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"To rave about typefaces and graphically tidy borders would detract from the original and compelling content. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a cavalcade of interior scenes and columns of precise rhymes, Wellington (Night Rabbits, 1995, etc.) once again finds that the wee hours are not so quiet for scampering nocturnal animals. Read full book review >