Search Results: "TP Catalano"


BOOK REVIEW

NO STRINGS by TP Catalano

"Falls short as a novel but succeeds in giving a voice to a community who are heard from far too little."
This debut novel tells the story of a transgender man's journey from self-discovery to self-acceptance. Read full book review >

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MR. BASSET PLAYS by Dominic Catalano
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The large size of the soft, bright illustrations and the clear design make this a good choice for sharing with friends. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wealthy, serious businessdog Mr. Basset learns the value of friends and play in this humorous cautionary tale. Read full book review >

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SANTA AND THE THREE BEARS by Dominic Catalano
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A satisfying sugarplum for holiday story times with a wide range of children, from preschoolers through second graders. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Original Christmas stories don't grow on pine trees, but this story of Papa, Mama, and Baby (Polar) Bear trying out the food, chairs, and bed in a cozy cottage at the North Pole strikes a balance that is just right. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Welcome tension arrives in the form of a cat, who has been seen in the background; it pounces into the party scene with lethal accuracy, but carries off the bagpipe rather than the player. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The subtitle refers not to a theatrical play, but a simple, amiable retelling of the folk song, divided into six sections. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2000

"A worthy project diminished by Catalano's impressionistic approach and special pleading."
Clifford Brown's premature death deprived jazz of one of its greatest trumpeters—a loss that seems even more poignant some forty years later. Read full book review >

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A NEW YORKER AT SEA by Nick Catalano
Released: Feb. 13, 2012

"This tale of adventure on the high seas is gripping at times but generally slight and rambling."
In Catalano's semiautobiographical novel, a young college professor sets sail through the Middle East in the 1980s. Read full book review >

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CLINK, CLANK, CLUNK! by Miriam Aroner
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2006

"A terrific traveling companion for John Burningham's Mr. Gumpy's Outing (1971). (Picture book. 2-6)"
A catastrophic clunker of a car stars in this jovial, cumulative tale. Read full book review >

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MOUSE ISLAND by Eve Bunting
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2008

"Still, much pleasure can be found in Bunting's melodious prose—'He saw whales passing, their white breaths smoking against the sky'—as well as Catalano's lovely pastels. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bunting's story of an island-dwelling mouse is a tale of longing written with great flair, but it is also a bit perplexing. Read full book review >

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BERNARD'S BATH by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a good-time lesson. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bernard, an elephant, is cut from the same reluctant mold as Russell Hoban's Frances with her bedtime finaglings and Rosemary Wells's Edward the ever-unready bear (p. 1437). Read full book review >

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BERNARD GOES TO SCHOOL by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Featuring purple, green, and gold elephants, Catalano's pastels are as soft as the outcome of the story, with Bernard discovering that a friendly face and a new chum go a long way toward taking the dismay out of the new. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The first day of preschool can give even an elephant a case of the shim-shams, as Goodman's little pachyderm learns. Read full book review >

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BERNARD WANTS A BABY by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"It's nothing new, but those who enjoy Bernard will sympathize with this easy squeeze-of-the-hand for the youngest with new-sibling jitters, reinforced by the idyllic settings and touches of exotica delivered by Catalano's pastels. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The little elephant last seen in another familiar trial (Bernard Goes to School, 2001) has his life changed once again, this time in a big way. Read full book review >