Search Results: "Tom Santopietro"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An entertaining but slight merger of social and personal history, via the lens of popular culture."
Amusing fusion of memoir and cultural critique, focusing on the family saga none of us could refuse. Read full book review >

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SINATRA IN HOLLYWOOD by Tom Santopietro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A terrifically lucid and entertaining look at an undervalued area of Sinatra's achievement."
The king of the saloon singers was a top-notch actor…when he cared to be. Read full book review >

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING BARBRA by Tom Santopietro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2006

"Why the disparities in the diva's work? Santopietro never really gets to deeper reasons (if anyone can), but his individual critiques are vivid and perceptive."
A fairly objective look at La Streisand's career. Read full book review >

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CONSIDERING DORIS DAY by Tom Santopietro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2007

"The author's writing is rough—the apt word, the eloquent phrase and a consistent tone elude him—but his perceptions will send readers to Day's CDs and DVDs for an overdue re-take."
This critique of Day's career shows that the major American icon was also a major American talent. Read full book review >

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STICK DOG DREAMS OF ICE CREAM by Tom Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"The single joke now in its fourth retelling is only for fans of the series…they may prefer squirrel watching to joining Stick Dog this time. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Will Stick Dog and his buddies find a way to beat the heat? Read full book review >

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THE SURPRISE ATTACK OF JABBA THE PUPPETT by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Origami instructions are included (of course), and it's otherwise chock-full of customarily quirky fun. (Graphic hybrid fiction. 8-12)"
Dark times have descended on McQuarrie Middle School, and a rebel alliance is born…. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF THE FORTUNE WOOKIEE by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"The end is foreboding…all young Jedi rejoice! There will be a sequel. (Graphic hybrid fiction. 9-14)"
A short time ago in a middle school not far away… Read full book review >

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POOP FOUNTAIN! by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"He takes up too much space filling in backstory, but the trio's 'adventure' is credibly worked out, engagingly related and, unsurprisingly, likely to be greeted with howls of laughter by second-graders of all ages. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"Yeah, it's kind of second-grade, I know, but once the word poop has been said fifty times, the fifty-first time is twice as funny. Try it." Read full book review >

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WHAT ARE YOU SO GRUMPY ABOUT? by Tom Lichtenheld
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

Guaranteed to remove every pout in sight, Lichtenheld's catalogue of common petty annoyances tops even his sidesplitting Everything I Know About Pirates (2000). Read full book review >

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MY SCHOOL IS WORSE THAN YOURS by Tom Toles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Middle-schoolers, including reluctant readers, will want more fast- paced, attention-grabbing books about Raven Royce and her wacky school. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Pulitzer Prizewinning cartoonist debuts with a hilarious book that is ideal for classroom read-alouds. Read full book review >

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STRANDED ON PLANET STRIPMALL! by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Good fun for Marvel fans. (Science fiction. 7-10)"
Origami Yoda's creator kicks off a trilogy for young readers starring two-fifths of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Read full book review >