Search Results: "Valentina Cavallini"


BOOK REVIEW

GOING TO MECCA by Na’ima B. Robert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Follow this contemporary family, but pack some more expertise in your imaginary suitcase. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The trip to Mecca, the Hajj, is the most important religious event in the life of a Muslim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT OF DARKNESS by Valentina Giambanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A forgettable effort that could have been better with tighter writing and ruthless editing."
Giambanco's first novel features a Seattle homicide detective who relies on her instincts to thwart a ruthless killer before he can strike again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD AND BONE  by Valentina Giambanco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"Evocative writing spoiled by complicated dueling plotlines and oddities that pull the reader away from the rainy, dark streets of a city under siege."
Giambanco's (The Dark, 2014, etc.) Seattle-based detective tackles a new case while navigating her thorny past as two killers stalk the city. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLYMPIA'S TALES by PaddyBooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 14, 2011

"Perhaps Olympia's tales will grow into something lovely, but this first installment lacks too much to spur further downloads. At least it's brief. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Sunny illustrations and clever interactivity can't save this poorly translated storybook about a 6-year-old girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUTTERFLY'S SURPRISE by Grace Maccarone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Flutter by it. (Board book. 2-4)"
A sparkly, smiling butterfly looks for a present that "Mommy and Daddy" butterfly have hidden in this lift-the-flap board book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE IS OWL'S SCARF? by Brandy Cooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"Board books with flaps and set on a farm have been done more successfully many times before. (Board book. 1-3)"
Owl searches this lift-the-flap farm for his missing scarf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1992

"Leopard's timbale'' at a Sicilian women's dinner; as simple as a tossed green salad; or as odd (to us) as strawberry risotto, the dishes look irresistible and come boosted by Harris's equally compelling enthusiasm. (Ninety color photographs—not seen.)"
Where the pictures, text, and recipes in Harris's Recipes from an Italian Farmhouse (1990) evoked a rustic paradise, this very personal effort focuses on the meals themselves: It's a re-creation in photos, recipes, and recollections of the festive celebrations- -whether Tuscan picnic or Sicilian wedding—that the author herself put on or attended in different parts of her country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILES IS THE BOSS OF HIS BODY by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Even if the worst thing this book prevents is an unwanted noogie, it is still doing a service. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Miles may be 6, but he's in charge of his body anyway, isn't he? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOLA AND I by Chiara Valentina Segré
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A truly inclusive, heartfelt (guide) dog tale. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A picture book honored internationally for its depiction of disability portrays the friendship between a girl and her dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Proactive Health Solution by Nadia Yacoub Cavallini
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"A great starting point for readers looking to improve their health and a useful supplement for those already pursuing healthy lifestyles."
A comprehensive guide to improving one's physical, mental, and spiritual health through better education, motivation, and self-discipline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Sadly, Van Steenwyk's affirming narrative and important subject are matched with out-of-sync art. (note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Van Steenwyk introduces Kate Warne, whose determined skill secured her spot in U.S. history as the country's first woman detective. Read full book review >