Search Results: "Sal Catalano"


BOOK REVIEW

SWIMMING SAL by Carol Molski
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Though Sal may be the 'swimmingest dog in the world,' the plot's formulaic structure drags her down. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sal has a serious doggy dilemma. Read full book review >

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SUNFLOWER SAL by Janet S. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Put this next to Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (1982) and the Johnny Appleseed tales, about other characters whose horticultural labors of love transformed landscapes. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sal desperately wants to make a quilt, but her big hands just don't seem to have the knack of doing such small, fussy work. Read full book review >

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THE MOON OF THE DEER by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 15, 1969

"But it does register the effects of the storm quite thoroughly and may be useful on that account."
The September moon brings a restless combativeness to the young spike buck; it also brings a hurricane to his Connecticut tidal marsh, and though we see him torn between the urge to fight his eight-point elder and a self-protective fear, it is his survival of the storm, and the response of the other shore creatures, that is the focal point here. Read full book review >

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SAL MINEO by Michael Gregg Michaud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"The facts are here, but readers seeking a nuanced portrait of the actor should look elsewhere."
The short, shocking life of the Switchblade Kid. Read full book review >

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STAGECOACH SAL by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Based on the real Delia Haskett Rawson, the first and possibly only woman to carry the U.S. mail by stagecoach in California, the story has a wonderful energy and verve. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sally, so small her feet don't reach the floorboards of her Pa's stagecoach, loves to ride and sing (and she can shoot, too). Read full book review >

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ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman
Released: May 14, 2013

"Lovingly written, historically rich and compassionate to all sides of the turmoil, this tale is also frustratingly distant, leaving the reader sympathetic but not fully engaged."
Sri Lanka erupted into violence in the 1980s, with people identifying themselves as Tamil or Sinhalese, Hindu or Buddhist, Burgher or Muslim—the conflicts brewed over language policies, territories and curfews. Read full book review >

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BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL by Robert McCloskey
Released: Sept. 17, 1948

"They eventually untangle-and it's the grown up bear and the grown up mother who are just aw bit scared and disconcerted."
McCloskey has a beguiling way of telling a very simple story (witness his Make Way for Ducklings — and the slightly older Lentil and Homer Price). Read full book review >

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MR. BASSET PLAYS by Dominic Catalano
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The large size of the soft, bright illustrations and the clear design make this a good choice for sharing with friends. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wealthy, serious businessdog Mr. Basset learns the value of friends and play in this humorous cautionary tale. Read full book review >

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BRING ME THE BRAIN OF NIKOLA TESTA by Sal Restivo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2007

"Hyper-indulgent and random, but also, often enough, gleamingly chromatic, providing mild entertainment."
An international thriller devolves into a fitful intellectual digression in Restivo's rapidly changing story. Read full book review >

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SANTA AND THE THREE BEARS by Dominic Catalano
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A satisfying sugarplum for holiday story times with a wide range of children, from preschoolers through second graders. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Original Christmas stories don't grow on pine trees, but this story of Papa, Mama, and Baby (Polar) Bear trying out the food, chairs, and bed in a cozy cottage at the North Pole strikes a balance that is just right. Read full book review >

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A NEW YORKER AT SEA by Nick Catalano
Released: Feb. 13, 2012

"This tale of adventure on the high seas is gripping at times but generally slight and rambling."
In Catalano's semiautobiographical novel, a young college professor sets sail through the Middle East in the 1980s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO STRINGS by TP Catalano

"Falls short as a novel but succeeds in giving a voice to a community who are heard from far too little."
This debut novel tells the story of a transgender man's journey from self-discovery to self-acceptance. Read full book review >