Search Results: "Patricia Crisafulli"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Despite an occasionally confusing narrative structure, the authors provide an instructive snapshot of Rwanda today."
A mostly optimistic assessment of the small East African nation nearly destroyed by genocide during the first half of the 1990s. Read full book review >

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RUNNING WITH THE CHAMP by Tim Shanahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"If you're wondering why Ali is called 'The Greatest,' this unchallenging but pleasant memoir makes for a good place to start."
An affectionate portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"A respectful, personal assessment of Presley's character, even though it adds little new to the body of Elvis knowledge."
A fond remembrance of the King of Rock 'n' Roll from a longtime member of his entourage, assisted by entertainment journalist Crisafulli (co-author: Me and a Guy Named Elvis, 2006, etc.) Read full book review >

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TUCKY JO AND LITTLE HEART by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Once again, this talented author/illustrator brings the past to life for young listeners and introduces them to unforgettable, admirable characters in the process. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Polacco shares the story of a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific as a very young man. Read full book review >

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BULLY by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"Unlike Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker (1998)—an affecting, personal look at the pain cruel kids can inflict on those they perceive as different—this contemporary effort won't move readers to better understand themselves or others. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Despite good intentions, Polacco's current take on this particular hot topic falls short. Read full book review >

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GINGER AND PETUNIA by Patricia Polacco
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Featuring contrasting colors, Polacco's vibrant signature artwork contrasts expressive cameo portraits set against crisp white backdrops with more expansive compositions that spill over from one page to the next. (Picture book. 5-8)"
With her long, flowing headscarves and '30s-style gowns (think Tallulah Bankhead), elegant piano virtuoso Ginger Folsum is the unlikely—and doting—owner of a big, pink pig named Petunia. Read full book review >

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THE JUNKYARD WONDERS by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Children will be drawn in by the story's warmth and gentle humor and will leave with a spark of inspiration, an appreciation of individual differences and a firm anti-bullying message, all underscored by the author's note that concludes the book. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Trisha is ready to start at a new school, where no one will know she has dyslexia. Read full book review >

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AN ORANGE FOR FRANKIE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Polacco again mines her family history for a true story based on her grandmother's large family. Read full book review >

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BABUSHKA BABA YAGA by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Still, even without a more original resolution: a warm, lively tale, neatly mixing new and old and illustrated with Polacco's usual energetic action, bright folk patterns, and affectionate characterizations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The premise is promising: Baba Yaga, yearning to have grandchildren like the babushkas she espies near her forest home, disguises herself as one of them (covering her tall, pointy ears) and joins the old women chatting in the square. Read full book review >

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APPELEMANDO'S DREAMS by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 1991

"The flat, stylized dreams are less interesting than the art as a whole; still, a potent original fable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Appelemando lives in a drab village where no one values his wonderful dreams but the friends who actually see the airborne, vividly colored products of his imagination. Read full book review >

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DORRIE AND THE HAUNTED SCHOOLHOUSE by Patricia Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"With lively, humorous illustrations in full color and an easily read text, a welcome addition to a popular series. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-8)"
On their first day of school, little witch Dorrie and her friends find Professor Zucchini mysteriously absent. Read full book review >

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THE MERMAID'S PURSE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Heartwarming. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Once again, Polacco brings forth a new family story, this time about her grandmother. Read full book review >