Search Results: "Valeria Cis"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

FAST FARM AND SLOW FARM by Min Jee  Jung
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Well-intentioned but clunky. (additional facts, interview, activities) (Picture book. 4-8)"
The methods of two neighboring farmers pit chemical agriculture against naturally grown food. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

LUTHER’S HALLOWEEN by Cari Meister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The ironic twist of the monster being scared makes this a perfect, not-too-scary Halloween tale about overcoming fears for young ghosts and goblins. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Luther is a triceratops (you can tell by the horn on his nose). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE BOAT by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2016

"Sinks. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tugboat rescues a sailing family in distress in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SIDEWALKS by Valeria Luiselli
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 13, 2014

"A collection that can't be categorized as memoir or travel writing or literary criticism but cohesively combines such elements and more."
Place, identity and the limitations of language converge in this slim collection of illuminating and incisive essays. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

YELLOW COPTER by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"A good choice for young transportation lovers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A rhyming picture book about a yellow rescue helicopter geared toward toddlers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE AT THE END OF LADYBUG LANE by Elise Primavera
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"Pleasant and amusing, but not quite a hit. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Angelina wants a pet, any pet, but to her neat-freak parents, an animal in the house would be intolerable. Read full book review >