Search Results: "Serena Valentino"


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 >

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SERENA by Ron Rash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Should be a breakthrough for this masterful storyteller."
The latest from Rash (The World Made Straight, 2006, etc.) is a fine melodrama about a wealthy homicidal couple, latter-day Macbeths, in Depression-era Appalachia. Read full book review >

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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 >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The clever approach to an age-old bedtime issue will help strengthen vulnerable little minds with some resilient thinking. (Bilingual picture book. 4-6)"
Enlisting the powers of some awesome heroes transforms a child's nightmares into commanding dreams in this bilingual flight of the imagination. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Compared to vampires and werewolves, zombies don't get their fair share of undead love outside of a handful of classic films; for partly decomposed—or still-breathing zombie wannabes—this is a shamble in the right direction. (index) (Faux-nonfiction. 10-13)"
Heavy for its small size but light as a feather in content, this vade mecum for the newly necrotic fills garishly hued pages of coated stock with advice and superficial "information" about zombie varieties, makeup and fashion wear; zombie friends and predators; "zombielicious" party food, rock bands, reading matter, board and video games and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SERENA KATZ by Charlotte Pomerantz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"A treat for readers who find Miss Rumphius a bit too genteel. (Picture book. 7-9)"
All of Elmsville is excited to hear that Mr. Duncan and his family are off to N.Y.C. to visit the great Serena Katz—but is she who they think she is? Read full book review >

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MADAM VALENTINO by Michael Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

"A questing, creative woman far ahead of her time—and truly exotic."
Well-done life of Rudolph Valentino's wife, a woman of boundless gifts, by art historian Morris (St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2014

"A well-researched tale of a distant-seeming era and crime, echoing our own time's obsession with celebrity transgression and capacity for justifying violence."
Prolific true-crime writer Evans (Slaughter on a Snowy Morn: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and the Death Penalty Case that Shocked America, 2012, etc.) examines the murder trial of Chilean heiress Blanca de Saulles ("The Flower of the Andes") in a narrative reminiscent of the background melodramas of The Great Gatsby or the musical Chicago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETTINA VALENTINO AND THE PICASSO CLUB by Niki Daly
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2009

"Profusely illustrated and told in first-person chronological episodes, this may have appeal for some reluctant readers as well. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The acclaimed South African author/illustrator ventures into chapter-book territory with this humorous account of how a new art teacher shakes up fifth grader Bettina Valentino's school and inspires the fledgling artist. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE SILVER RINGS by Samuel Valentino
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A charming, funny and engaging fairy tale that's sure to delight admirers of the classics."
Valentino offers an engaging fantasy that draws upon familiar fairy tales and the romantic mix-ups of Shakespeare's lighter comedies. Read full book review >