Search Results: "Monica Vachula"


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

PAUL REVERE’S RIDE by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"A fine version, although it is not so powerful or engaging as Charles Santore's (below) or the Caldecott Honor-winning marvel by Christopher Bing (2001). (historical note) (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
They don't write ‘em like this any more, which is too bad, as Longfellow gave stirring life to a small part of the Revolutionary War and made a silversmith a legend in a poem that has proven extremely popular to illustrators. Read full book review >

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NOAH WEBSTER by Pegi Deitz Shea
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Ultimately, the sheer breadth of Webster's life and achievement just can't be adequately covered in such brisk fashion, making this an intriguing introduction but far from the last word on this innovative thinker. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Bringing history to life for young readers is no easy task. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. COOKIE BAKER by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The old-fashioned illustrations, with their two-dimensional and geometric simplicity, add much to the delicious result. (cookie recipes) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Mr. Baker's shop is an inviting place, filled to the gunnels with frosted sugar cookies. Read full book review >

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FIREFIGHTER FRANK by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Dedicated to the firefighters of New York City, this tribute to this challenging profession is sure to inspire children who dream of one day wearing the uniform. (Picture book. 3-6)"
While waiting for the alarm to sound, Firefight Frank finds many things to do around the firehouse, but he must drop everything when the bell begins to signal that his help is needed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPLE FARMER ANNIE by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Sweet and crisp. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Annie owns and tends her own small apple orchard in this visually robust salute to a favorite fruit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY GOES SHOPPING by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Wellington (Night House, Bright House, 1997, etc.) keeps the page so uncharacteristically simple that it might be best to think of this book and its companion, Baby at Home (0-525-45640-6), as bound collections of vibrant flashcards for parents intent on brain-building. (Board book. 1-3)"
Turn your back on a baby in a shopping cart for one minute, and your cart's bound to be filled with surprises. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GABBY AND GRANDMA GO GREEN by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The book will conclude with instructions for sewing a cloth bag, green activities and a list of green websites, none seen by reviewer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Gabby comes to visit her grandmother, they give their day a green focus, reusing, returning, refilling and recycling. Read full book review >

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TRUCK DRIVER TOM by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Simple but spot-on in its appeal for its target audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Trucker Tom's delivery route is an adventure. Read full book review >