Search Results: "Valeria Cis"


BOOK REVIEW

BUBBE'S BELATED BAT MITZVAH by Isabel Pinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"No strife necessary: Readers will be content just to have met Bubbe and Naomi. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Is serenity a narrative problem? Read full book review >

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THE BEEMAN by Laurie Krebs
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Libraries that don't own that version will welcome this attractive reissue. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A patterned rhyme introduces a beekeeper and his work. Read full book review >

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MILLIE'S CHICKENS by Brenda Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"An equally sweet companion to Laurie Krebs and Cis' The Beeman (2008), though young children (and their parents) with a yen to raise poultry for pets or other purposes will be better off with a conventional manual. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a tale with a warm tone and an instructional bent, a suburban child tenderly tends a rooster, a trio of hens and their hatchlings in her backyard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE HERE AND THERE by Valeria Narbikova
Released: Dec. 28, 1998

"It's an amusing idea, and the story has its moments, but it won't mean much to readers who aren—t thoroughly versed in Slavic studies."
Narbikova's equally daunting companion novel to Day and Night (Dec. 1998): here, she "dramatizes" Russia's experience of perestroika in the 1980s through accounts of protagonist Petia's affairs with three lovers who are, in surreal fashion, identified with eminent figures from Russian literature and history (including Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov, social philosopher Alexander Herzen, the ubiquitous Pushkin, Joseph Stalin, and perhaps Mikhail Gorbachev). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 1993

"A contemporary Way of the Pilgrim, first published in Russia in 1989, that's also a profoundly moving look at the state of one brave Russian woman's soul."
A passionate, gorgeously written fictional account of an intellectual Russian woman's journey back to God and the Orthodox Christianity of her ancestors. ``Veronica,'' a widow in her mid-40s, journeys to the ancient monastery of Dzhvari in Georgia with her beloved son Mitya. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAY EQUALS NIGHT by Valeria Narbikova
Released: Dec. 18, 1998

"That's about it, in a first novel whose supposedly scandalous opening scene is so swaddled in crisscrossing literary allusions that it's impossible to be sure who's doing what, and with what, to whom."
A barrage of digressions and references to her country's classic authors (mainly Pushkin, but also Tolstoy, Bely, Tsvetaeva, et al.) add minimal—and much-needed—color and life to this otherwise wan tale of adultery and boredom among Moscow's contemporary Bohemians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FACES IN THE CROWD by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2014

"Ultimately, a novel that is no more (or less) than words on the page."
A debut novel that never lets readers forget it's a novel, toying with them on multiple levels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIP-TAP POP by Sarah Lynn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A successful title in addressing a child's perspective of aging and memory loss, it nicely complements Mem Fox and Julie Vivas's classic Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The process of watching a loved one grow older with significant memory loss is full of unanswered questions—for adults as well as children. Read full book review >

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HORRIS GROWS DOWN by Shari Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"It's difficult to see the audience for this; young Baby Hueys will derive more comfort from Gennifer Choldenko's How to Make Friends with a Giant (2006). (Picture book. 5-8)"
Echoing—at least thematically—the Bob Dylan lyric, "I was so much older then / I'm younger than that now," this tale pitches a vastly oversized four-year-old in to, then out of, the adult world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAY DOWN DEEP IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Jan Peck
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"Dive on in, the water's fine. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A familiar premise feels unexpectedly fresh in this engaging underwater adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO AT THE ZOO by Danna Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 2009

"The rollicking, rhyming text scans well, and the zoo setting allows children to practice their animal-identification skills. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Smith takes readers on a whirlwind trip to the zoo with a small boy and his grandpa. Read full book review >