Search Results: "Petra Couvée"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 2014

"A fast-paced political thriller about a book that terrified a nation."
The derring-do-packed history of "one of the first efforts by the CIA to leverage books as instruments of political warfare." Read full book review >

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DODO GETS MARRIED by Petra Mathers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite Mathers's oddly shaped animal cast and her funny little details (Dodo spells out her acceptance with laundry), there's an adult sensibility to much of this, but younger readers will respond to its warmth and good humor. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Operating on the premise that there's someone for everyone, the author of Lottie's New Friend (1999) hooks up Lottie's long-beaked Germanic acquaintance Dodo with a bitter, one-legged ex-helicopter pilot. Read full book review >

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LOTTIE'S NEW BEACH TOWEL by Petra Mathers
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1998

"Move over, Minerva Louise (Minerva Louise at School, 1996, etc.). (Picture book. 5-7)"
On an outing with her friend, Herbie—a duck—a resourceful hen named Lottie finds multiple uses for her new polka-dot towel: on a hot beach, under a picnic, as a sail for a boat with a conked-out motor, and even in a wedding, when a sea breeze blows the bride's veil away. Read full book review >

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WHEN AUNT MATTIE GOT HER WINGS by Petra Mathers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Lucid and insightful, Mathers presents death and grief as natural processes with compassion and great care. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Lottie the hen must say goodbye to her beloved aunt Mattie in this gentle story about loss, grief and friendship. Read full book review >

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HERBIE’S SECRET SANTA by Petra Mathers
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"In addition to working well as a different sort of Christmas story, this cautionary tale will also serve to ward off any child's remote idea of shoplifting or even tasting an unauthorized bite of the merchandise. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With this fourth entry in her Lottie and Herbie series, Mathers (A Cake for Herbie, 2000, etc.) explores the concepts of a guilty conscience and the difficulty of apologizing within an amusing, nontraditional Christmas story. Read full book review >

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VICTOR AND CHRISTABEL by Petra Mathers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Another offbeat love story from the author of Sophie and Lou (1991). Read full book review >

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LOTTIE'S NEW FRIEND by Petra Mathers
Released: April 1, 1999

"A brief, understated take on a common worry—not confined to childhood—with enlivening touches of wit and charm. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Although it appears to Herbie the duck that he's been displaced in the affections of his sidekick Lottie (Lottie's New Beach Towel, 1998) by Dodo, a new neighbor with an exotic accent, he needn't fret. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD MACDONALD by Petra Brown
illustrated by Petra Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A warm introduction to an old favorite. (Board book. 1-3)"
The American classic is presented with some cuddly illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIERRE IN LOVE by Sara Pennypacker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"An endearingly elegant pick for Valentine's Day, featuring well-matched art and text. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rodent Pierre—a wistful fisherman—is secretly in love with rabbit Catherine, an artistic ballet teacher whose studio he passes each morning. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOM PIE by Lynne Jonell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A touching and astute tale about keeping the important things in perspective for frazzled moms and their bewildered offspring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jonell's (It's My Birthday, Too!, 1999, etc.) latest adventure involving siblings Robbie and Christopher comically captures that classic conundrum: when moms are at their busiest, their children are at their neediest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARGUERITE'S FOUNTAIN by Rachel Elliot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"A classic, traditional tale of heroine, villain, and hero—perhaps too traditional. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this British picture-book melodrama, a dancing mouse named Marguerite is bullied by the rat Randolph and eventually rescued by the shy but heroic mouse Benjamin. Read full book review >