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 >

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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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WHEN LUCY GOES OUT WALKING by Ashley  Wolff
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A dog-lover's look at the changing seasons. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lucy's forays into the outside world give the youngest readers a glance at the typical weather in a northerly clime and activities popular for each of the 12 months of the year, as well as a look at how quickly a puppy grows up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 16, 1992

"When he keeps to his subject, he can be mesmerizing, but he tends to wander into uncharted waters, where he frequently gets lost."
Nine autobiographical essays by novelist Wolff (The Final Club, 1990, etc.), whose own early-life adventures would make Tom Jones blanch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders. Read full book review >

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THE UNIDENTIFIED by Rae Mariz
FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Pass it along to fans of M.T. Anderson's classic Feed, Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (2009) or Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In a near future in which corporations run schools and popularity is determined by whether or not you are "branded" by an advertiser, discontented musician Katey "Kid" Dade longs for "authentic" moments not based on market research. Read full book review >

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TALLULAH IN THE KITCHEN by Nancy Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"No eating words here—just delicious pancakes that Tallulah and her friends sell at a lemonade stand. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tallulah the cat loves to cook—especially pancakes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOG TALES by Jennifer Rae
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"There is only one punchline here, and children can probably handle the irony and camp, but will they want to? (Picture book. 5-10)"
Unreal, occasionally surreal, these deeply fractured fairy tales feature doggy characters pawing through such stories as "Jack Russell and the Beanstalk" and "Rapawnzul." Read full book review >

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I WILL SEND RAIN by Rae Meadows
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"There's a relentless quality to the novel, and it can almost seem too grim, especially at the end. But there are saving graces in the form of powerful writing and memorable characters who are hard to shake off even after you've read the last page."
Set in Dust Bowl Oklahoma in the early 1930s, this is the harrowing story of a farm family struggling to survive a seemingly endless drought and the privations it brings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1998

"An intelligent and entertaining account of the business and culture of the Internet that skillfully merges a personal tale with the larger story."
An insider's account of the digital revolution, from its earliest days in the late 1980s to its sudden prominence in the media business. Read full book review >