Search Results: "Samantha R. Vamos"


BOOK REVIEW

ALPHABET TRAINS by Samantha R. Vamos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"All in all, this alphabet book lacks steam. (Alphabet picture book. 4-7)"
Almost every kind of vehicle has been alphabetized in a picture book. This companion to Alphabet Trucks (2013) chugs along, depending on rhyming text to identify the type and purpose of 26 trains.Read full book review >

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ALPHABET TRUCKS by Samantha R. Vamos
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Gear up, as this is bound to be a hit. From apple truck to zipper truck, 'Day and night. / just watch and see. / Trucks work hard / from A to Z.' Vroom, vroom! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Another new alphabet book—and focused on trucks? Yep. So put on your hard hats and get ready to roll with these 26 hardworking trucks featured in rhyming verse. Read full book review >

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THE CAZUELA THAT THE FARM MAIDEN STIRRED by Samantha R. Vamos
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A wonderful read-aloud, filled with merriment and conviviality. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With the help of her animal friends, a farm maiden begins to cook. Read full book review >

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BEFORE YOU WERE HERE, MI AMOR by Samantha R. Vamos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"This Spanish-flavored introduction, with its universal message of love for new babies and siblings, will become a favorite among growing bilingual families. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-5)"
A new baby is welcomed by the entire family as Mami recounts everything that happened in preparation for and anticipation of the little one's arrival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUNKY BREWSTER by Joelle Sellner
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2015

"Today's kids might not have the fond nostalgia for Punky that their elders do, but her tale—and the idea that family is what you make it—is as likable as ever. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
The world is once again taking note of Punky Brewster, reimagining her origins in a playful comic format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE MURAL MYSTERY by Jill Diamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A bit long for fluff but fun nevertheless. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Brown-haired, white Lou Lou Bombay and her blue-eyed, dark-skinned Mexican-American best friend, Peacock Pearl, work to solve a series of petty crimes in their city while also participating in Latino cultural events. Read full book review >

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SAMANTHA HUNT
by Lucas Loredo

Samantha Hunt’s fiction lies in the meeting place between our common reality and the expanded reality of dreams, transformations, visitations, and conjurings. In her previous novels, teenagers communicate with the dead, a man travels through time over Queens, and men emerge from and disappear into the ocean. Hunt’s latest book, a collection of stories titled The Dark Dark, again inhabits ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NO MORE BOWS by Samantha Cotterill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An enjoyable, repeatable read-aloud with memorable art that will have readers hoping for another outing with Hugo. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog resists playing dress-up with his little girl. Read full book review >

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THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER AND FRIENDS by Samantha Meredith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Any small irritations will not bother the intended audience—very young children who need a sturdy collection of nursery rhymes that can be handled and read again and again. (Board book. 2-4)"
A first introduction to some of the best-known nursery rhymes, some shortened to fit the format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KING OF AMERICA by Samantha Gillison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"Brooding, lyrical, and thoughtful, though the narrative, like Stephen himself, seems slightly distanced from the events it describes so eloquently."
The author of The Undiscovered Country (1998) delicately portrays an alienated scion of America's wealthiest family searching for spiritual solace in the earth's wildest places. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MAKE A FRENCH FAMILY by Samantha Vérant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"Those looking for a breezy read about a transplanted American in France may be satisfied, but the book dwells more on Vérant's personal life than on observations of the world around her."
A determinedly positive memoir about starting life over as mother to a family in southwestern France. Read full book review >