Search Results: "Olga Ivanov"


BOOK REVIEW

PAT-A-CAKE by R. A. Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Motions, a rhyme, a story and attention from a loved-one—what could be a better combination? (Board book. 1-3)"
The classic nursery rhyme comes to life in this board-book version. Read full book review >

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MIA'S NUTCRACKER BALLET by Robin Farley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The all-animal cast of characters diminishes the effectiveness of this interpretation as an introduction to the story for younger children. There are many appealing retellings of the ballet in print; The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers (2007) remains the gold standard. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A gray kitten named Mia poses in her glittering pink tutu on the cover of this somewhat confusing retelling of The Nutcracker ballet.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOUNTAIN DOG by Margarita Engle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Poignant and memorable. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 8-12)"
An absorbing story of an 11-year-old boy from Los Angeles who, when his mother is incarcerated for organizing pit-bull dogfights, moves in with his forest-ranger great-uncle and his chocolate Lab in their remote cabin high in the Sierra Nevadas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LASSIE COME-HOME by Susan Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An irresistible treat for dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The classic story of the faithful English collie is retold in a greatly simplified, attractively illustrated version for younger children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Although the message is sometimes spelled out instead of implied, it's a minor flaw in this worthy, heartwarming effort. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
Can an oft-rejected orphan settle into the stable, loving home of a pair of gentle sisters who are retired missionaries to Africa? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECAUSE OF SHOE  by Ann M. Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"These amusing tales, all of them strong and distinct, total up to a nice, easily accessible package that will be a hit with dog lovers. (Short stories. 9-12)"
Nine brief, sometimes pithy short stories explore children's interactions with man's (and kids') best friend. Read full book review >

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OLGA AND THE SMELLY THING FROM NOWHERE by Elise Gravel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A bubble-gum crowd pleaser with wide audience appeal. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
A young girl who prefers science to people discovers an adorable and smelly little creature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLGA THE CLOUD by Nicoletta Costa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A beguiling ode to gentle rain. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cloud's gotta do what a cloud's gotta do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Eye-opening and insightful."
A Canadian freelance journalist probes the fascinating mystery behind a nonagenarian female's stunning success as a competitive athlete. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERY OF OLGA CHEKHOVA by Antony Beevor
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2004

"Literate, lucent, and well researched: a fascinating glimpse into how artists respond as the world explodes around them. (44 b&w illustrations, not seen; 1 map)"
Did Anton Chekhov's niece, a major Nazi film star, spy for Mother Russia during WWII? Yes and no, concludes the author of several previous works about Soviet-German conflict. Read full book review >