Search Results: "Sara Otterstätter"


BOOK REVIEW

AVATI  by Mia Pelletier
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"A brief but informative look at an extraordinary ecosystem. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
An ecologist who lives and works in Earth's far, far north describes the changing seasons in the part of the world the Inuit call Nunavut—"our land." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAKE SALE by Sara Varon
by Sara Varon, illustrated by Sara Varon
FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"An offbeat story about the sacrifices made for friends, about the very everydayness of such acts and the pitfalls and pleasures in their wake. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Varon returns with another strange and charming graphic work that touches on the theme of her terrific Robot Dreams (2007), namely: how fine friendship can be, and how surely it leads you down a twisty road of joys and melancholy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NUMBER GARDEN by Sara Pinto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Not for beginning counters, the fine lines and busy compositions will be most enjoyed by preschoolers—and their grown-ups. (Novelty/picture book. 3-5)"
A sweetly goofy companion to The Alphabet Room (2003) uses the same lift-the-flap format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DAY AT THE MARKET by Sara Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Despite some specific signage, the setting is generalized enough to stand in for similar markets almost anywhere, and the kaleidoscopic art nicely captures both the venue's characteristic bustle and its rich sensory experience. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bright, cut-paper-style illustrations compensate for decidedly patchwork rhyming in this affectionate tribute to Seattle's Pike Place Market. Read full book review >

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MYTHOLOGICAL MONSTERS OF ANCIENT GREECE by Sara Fanelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"One is left with just one word: Why? (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
A picture-book catalogue of creatures of Greek myth is rendered in such a way that Phidippides would never recognize them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBOT DREAMS by Sara Varon
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Witty and plaintive by turns, this is thoughtful, provocative pleasure. (Graphic novel. 8-14)"
A wordless graphic novel provides a plangent meditation on the nature of friendship. Read full book review >

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WOLF by Sara Fanelli
by Sara Fanelli, illustrated by Sara Fanelli
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Not everyone will be enchanted; this is mostly for those who already find Fanelli's eccentricities winning. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Fanelli (My Map Book, 1995, etc.) turns the idea of the wolf at the door on its head in this offbeat story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO GROW A FRIEND by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"The slightly didactic message of tolerance and inclusiveness is made palatable by the gardening analogy, and this book will encourage young friendships to bloom. (Picture book. 2-4)"
This attractive picture book for the very young from accomplished illustrator and debut author Gillingham explores a thoughtful analogy between gardening and friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VERDURAS / VEGETABLES by Sara Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"As a simple Spanish vocabulary builder, this book, along with its companion, Frutas/Fruit, is serviceable, but as a rollicking read-aloud, it pales by comparison with its original. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A bright celebration of vegetables in Spanish and English for the youngest readers. Read full book review >

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SNUGGLE THE BABY by Sara Gillingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"An intriguing concept, but toddlers and preschoolers will need to be closely supervised if it's to last beyond a single reading. (Board book. 2-4)"
This interactive offering invites little ones to practice taking care of babies, playing with them, feeding them and putting them to bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPLES & ORANGES by Sara Pinto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Children who have tackled serious concept books will get an enormous kick out of this sly gem, letting their imaginations run wild with the creative possibilities inherent in tomfoolery. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"How are an apple and an orange alike?" asks this genially goofy offering. Read full book review >