Search Results: "Patricia Rae Wolff"


BOOK REVIEW

A NEW IMPROVED SANTA by Patricia Rae Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The entire work pokes gentle fun at those adults who seek to reinvent themselves, with yet another interpretation of the ever-reliable 'to thine own self be true' theme. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Precipitated by a certain snugness in his special seasonal suit, Santa suffers a serious, year-long identity crisis in this comical offering from Wolff (Cackle Cook's Monster Stew, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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CACKLE COOK’S MONSTER STEW by Patricia Rae Wolff
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Igor first, though; he may hate shopping, but he does like eating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wolff manages to be gross without getting nauseating in this witch's brew of ABC's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KURT WOLFF by Michael Ermarth
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Tantalizing in its view of Wolff and his world, especially the pre-Weimar period—and a sad commentary on how little publishers today heed his excellent example."
A biographical sketch of Wolff—founder of Pantheon Books—by his wife Helen, brief essays and anecdotes he produced for German radio in the early 1960's, and a smattering of correspondence—all ably edited by Ermarth (History/Dartmouth). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BE MY WOLFF by Emma Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Long, slow-moving, and more than a little precious."
A self-consciously Dickensian account of an unconventional love from the author of Sister Crazy (2001) and the memoir Feed My Dear Dogs (2005). Read full book review >

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OTIS AND RAE AND THE GRUMBLING SPLUNK by Laura Espinosa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2008

"This pastiche, though propelled by a talented artist, might best have gone straight to animation and associated merch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Otis and Rae camp out, tell scary stories and encounter a "real live" Grumbling Splunk in this first print project. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

This massive tome reprints five of the seven complete collections of short stories by Highsmith (1921-95), together with a brief introduction by Graham Greene excerpted from a sixth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY BEAR SEES BLUE by Ashley  Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Imbued with a spirit of exploration, fostered by parental protection, Baby Bear's colorful adventures will enrich repeat bedtime read-alouds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inspired by the mother bear and cub in Blueberries for Sal, Wolff creates a gentle story for toddlers that introduces colors and images from the natural world. Read full book review >

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BABY BEAR COUNTS ONE by Ashley  Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Brimming with visual treasures and ending with snowflakes—'too many to count'—this joyous treat will reward both family and group sharing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The season's turned from summer to fall since Baby Bear learned about the colors in his world (Baby Bear Sees Blue, 2012). Now, as he and Mama observe many creatures getting ready for winter, he learns to count. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I CALL MY GRANDMA NANA by Ashley  Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"A nice choice for school and home, these selections incorporate warmth, gentle humor, a variety of languages and a range of family groupings while they show some of the many things that grandparent and grandchildren can do together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Miss May's grandmother has come for a school visit, which leads to discussion of how all grandmas have stories—and different names, depending on their backgrounds. Read full book review >

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IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL WITH TALLULAH by Nancy Wolff
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Designed to demonstrate that school and learning are fun, this perky primer of pretend school will be reassuring to preschoolers who are anxious about the experience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Spunky Tallulah, from Tallulah in the Kitchen (2005), dusts the flour from her cat paws and exchanges it for blackboard chalk dust in a classroom because, after all, she was born to teach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME BABY, YOU BABY by Ashley  Wolff
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"While the trip to the zoo, full of mothers and babies of all sizes and shapes, offers an interesting subject, the overly repetitious verse and somewhat saccharine paintings keep this from being a distinctive selection. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rhythmic verses follow the trip of two toddlers and their mothers as they visit the zoo. Read full book review >