Search Results: "Sara Varon"


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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CHICKEN AND CAT by Sara Varon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"A fine, deceptively simple-looking start. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Artfully using color more than faces to show feeling, Varon debuts with a wordless, very simply drawn tale of a New York City chicken finding a way to make a feline visitor from the country more at home. Read full book review >

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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

SARA by Yasser S. Hassan
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A scintillating tale that ends just as it gets going."
The government's leading telepath, John Doe, has a new Black Ops assignment: help mentor a beautiful test-tube woman whose powers exceed his. Read full book review >

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SWEATERWEATHER by Sara Varon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Varon shows a knack for both verbal and visual storytelling, but this showcase is likely to be of more interest to confirmed fans and budding graphic artists than to general readers. (Graphic short stories. 8-11)"
The graphic novelist updates her first solo collection (2003) with additional art, commentary, and minicomics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKEN AND CAT CLEAN UP by Sara Varon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"A welcome second adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gone are the misgivings of city life found in Chicken and Cat (2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRESIDENT SQUID by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"In the tradition of great windbags, meet President—err, King Squid. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An addlepated, snaggle-toothed, hot-pink giant squid decides to run for president. Sounds like a plan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ODD DUCK by Cecil Castellucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"This clever celebration of individuality delights. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)"
A sublime tale of two strange ducks who overcome the odds—pun completely intended—and become friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE, SARA by Mary Beth Lundgren
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Lundgren has indeed made a promising start. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Sara has already experienced extreme trauma in her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SARA BISHOP by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: April 23, 1980

"It is, though, her own resourcefulness that gets her out each time; there is some small, undramatic progression in her withdrawal and incipient healing; and the adventure, historical background, survival mechanics, and inner condition are well integrated."
In the early days of the Revolutionary War, Sara Bishop's Tory father is killed and their farmhouse burned by hoodlum Patriot Boys. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"Skims across the surface of a very deep lake. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched, though highly chatty and oddly superficial, attempt to rehabilitate the image of FDR's mother, which was besmirched, the author argues, by less sympathetic Roosevelt biographers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMARTY SARA by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2008

"Emergent readers deserve better than this incoherent and condescending tale. (Early reader. 4-7)"
The "mystery" of the key Sara finds on her doorstep plays itself out in this wan offering for young readers. Read full book review >