Search Results: "Sarah Massini"


BOOK REVIEW

TRIXIE TEN by Sarah Massini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Bland, though possibly useful to readers frustrated by a multitude of siblings. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A simple tale about large-family appreciation gets cheery art that's more conceptual than complex. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SARAH by Marek Halter
Released: May 4, 2004

"Halter fleshes out the scriptural account with rich and credible portraits of contemporary life and history, even if his narration ('There was a quivering in her belly that had nothing to do with fear or anger') occasionally descends to the level of the bodice-buster."
The prizewinning French author re-creates the story of Abraham and Sarah and the unlikely steps that led to their giving birth to both Judaism and the Jewish people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SARAH by J.T. LeRoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Not exactly a laugh riot, but not as unrelievedly sordid as a plot synopsis might suggest."
Scary, sad, and way, way out there, Leroy's picaresque debut novel follows a young boy through southern truckstops, where "lot lizards" turn tricks for drivers whose tastes run from women to transvestites to boys in jeans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOOKS ALWAYS EVERYWHERE by Jane Blatt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"Though some adults might suck their teeth at a few of the suggested uses, the message that books are fun (and useful) certainly overrides that. In two words: Books rule! (Picture book. 2-4)"
Books are everywhere, as these adorable toddlers prove! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A RECIPE FOR BEDTIME by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A treat of a bedtime book. (Picture book. 0-3)"
Bently and Massini serve up rhyming verse and a bevy of animal friends to guide a little one through the bedtime routine, one "ingredient" at a time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER IN THE MEADOW AT THE BIG BALLET by Lisa Shulman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"The whole complex range of the performance experience is packed into this seemingly simple rhyming story with an engaging text that works equally well when read or sung to the traditional tune. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The well-known children's song "Over in the Meadow" serves as the structure for this charming interpretation featuring a shy little swan and her ballet teacher, a cat named Miss Faye. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KISS IT BETTER by Smriti Prasadam-Halls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"While it's certainly true that kisses make most things better, most kids don't need yet another book, no matter how sweet, to tell them so. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This book extols all the wondrous things that kisses can make better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TULIP AND REX WRITE A STORY by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This sweet story makes a good springboard for vocabulary-enrichment activities in and out of the classroom. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With the help of her beloved dog, a girl composes a story on a word-filled jaunt to the park. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIMPLY SARAH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Ink-and-wash drawings add visual appeal. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Naylor continues her series featuring "Idea Girl" Sarah Simpson in a pigeon disaster that takes place outside her Chicago apartment window. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIVINE SARAH by Adam Braver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"A journey into the heart of acting that's ever entertaining but at times transcendentally overblown."
Sarah Bernhardt's declining years, as highly fictionalized as Braver's debut, Mr. Lincoln's Wars (2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REMEMBERING SARAH by Chris Mooney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2004

"Mooney (World Without End, 2001, etc.) offers a sympathetic protagonist in a compelling situation, and for some that will be enough to get them through the storm of wildly implausible plotting that blows up toward the end."
A young girl is stolen in a near-miss psychological thriller, Mooney's third, triggering guilt, blame, and violence as bitter by-products. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHUNNING SARAH by Julie Kramer
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Riley's obtuseness makes her a uniquely incompetent detective, an investigative reporter constantly surprised by developments less likely to ambush seasoned genre fans."
Another hot tip from her best informant, her mother, leads TV reporter Riley Spartz (Killing Kate, 2011, etc.) far from the Twin Cities to a murder among the Amish community in misnamed Harmony, Minn. Read full book review >