Search Results: "Petra Reski"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Will appeal to those interested in the Mafia, but casual readers may get caught up looking for the story and have a hard time absorbing the material."
Journalist Reski personalizes her longtime coverage of the Italian Mafia in this short recent history of the organization. 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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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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WHEN THE WIND BLEW by Petra Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Gently shows how forest devastation (even when due to natural causes) affects many creatures large and small. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young bear cub learns what truly makes a home. 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

BUTTON UP! by Alice Schertle
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Loads of fun. (Picture book/poetry. 3-8)"
Shoelaces, hats, undies, jammies, jackets—all have a story to tell. Read full book review >

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THE FROGS WORE RED SUSPENDERS by Jack Prelutsky
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"A brilliant match of talent that's guaranteed to make a hit. (Poetry. 5-10)"
The title sets the stage for this delightful pairing of Prelutsky's (Awful Ogre's Awful Day, 2001, etc.) amusing rhymes with Mathers's (Dodo Gets Married, 2001, etc.) charming watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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ON RAM¢N'S FARM by Campbell Geeslin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Earth-toned folk-art illustrations are friendly and funny, a warm match for Ramón, who turns the routine of everyday tasks into his own personal fiesta. (Picture book. 3- 7)"
Easy-to-read vignettes revisit the style and theme of Rosa's magical encounters with animals in Geeslin's In Rosa's Mexico (1996, not reviewed). Read full book review >