Search Results: "Serena Riglietti"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGICIAN’S BOY by Susan Cooper
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Perfect for reading aloud, the tale will encourage readers and listeners to revisit familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Boy works for a magician: feeding rabbits, polishing magic wands, weeding the garden, and washing dishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY AND THE SPELL by Pegi Deitz Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"The story hangs together even without music and staging, making it suitable for sharing even when a trip to the theater isn't in the offing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the art animating this handsomely packaged retelling of Colette's libretto for Ravel's opera, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, a tale of childish rage and remorse, jumbles of suddenly animate objects in twisted perspectives create an evocatively skewed reality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BE A WEREWOLF by Serena Valentino
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Though unapologetically campy and an example of pop culture at its finest, Valentino's work is essential for those who are ruled by the moon. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
A glossy guide to the world of lycanthropy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACKWELL’S ISLAND by Serena Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2005

"With endless cliffhangers, a mystery key, outlandish coincidences, the possibility of ghosts and other menacing creatures and über kids to the rescue, this simply never jells, and a terrific idea for a setting is wasted. (Fiction. 10-11)"
It's 1914 and Alex, 11 and a fairly recent immigrant from Russia, is left alone to take care of himself and his younger sister when their widowed mother disappears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC IN THE CITY by Heather Dyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A satisfying, old-fashioned-feeling magical adventure. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Eleven-year-old Jake and 6-year-old Simon, Canadian brothers, acquire three magic objects that enable them to help themselves and several other people. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORE THAN HAPPY by Serena B. Miller
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A rich, entertaining compendium of thoughts on the Amish way of life."
An analysis of family life in Amish communities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BOBO SAVES THE DAY by Serena Romanelli
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Super,'' is oddly out of step with the forest setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A violin-playing orangutan stars in this feeble story about courage and fidelity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DREAM JAR by Lindan Lee Johnson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"2005), illustrated by Jared Lee, this 'Fabulously Fun' flit comes off as decidedly chick-lit-ish—but also more optimistic about the effectiveness of its suggested techniques. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Big sister offers nightmare-ridden little sister a coping strategy in this relentlessly girly debut for Johnson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEAST WITHIN by Serena Valentino
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 22, 2014

"With clunky writing, an uninspired plot and unbelievably one-dimensional characters (including villains so absurd no one would fear them), this spinoff effort is disappointing at best. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast's perspective. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLD MY HAND by Serena Mackesy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Lock the doors, draw the curtains and hunker down. This is one scary read from an author (Simply Heaven, 2006, etc.) perfectly capable of raising goose bumps even in summer months."
Who would you rather have as a playmate: a nine-year-old ghost or a father who broke your arm? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUSHKIN'S BUTTON by Serena Vitale
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"With its unabashed love of intrigue and nuance, Vitale's unusual chronicle of Pushkin's final days will appeal to any lover of Russian literature, history, and culture."
An Italian scholar's unorthodox take on the events leading to Pushkin's fatal duel reads like impassioned fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMILE, PRINCIPESSA! by Judith Ross Enderle
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2007

"Guaranteed to trigger smiles, this gentle saga may provide a reassuring remedy for displaced siblings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Used to being the object of her parents' affection, a little girl doesn't like it when her new baby brother gets all the attention. Read full book review >