Search Results: "Xavier Garza"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT AND MIGHTY NIKKO by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"One, uno; two, dos; three, tres¡LUCHA! (Bilingual picture book. 3-6)"
What's better than one wrestler jumping on the bed? Ten of them! Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"Older middle-grade readers will find these Latin American horror stories deliciously short but spooky. (Short stories. 8-12)"
An entertaining bilingual collection of short stories that feature a creepy assortment of Mexican-inspired ghosts, witches, monsters, and more. Read full book review >

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ZULEMA AND THE WITCH OWL/ZULEMA Y LA BRUJA LECHUZA by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2009

"What might work well as an oral cautionary tale translates into a detrimentally moralistic book. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The disturbing use of scare tactics to reform a mean-spirited, nine-year-old bully lies at the heart of this bilingual English/Spanish story. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"His afterword gives a brief history of Mexican wrestling and especially El Santo—The Saint—its most popular hero and the original man in the silver mask. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Carlitos and his father go to the arena in Mexico City to watch a bout of "lucha libre" (professional wrestling) with Carlitos's Uncle Vicente. Read full book review >

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MAXIMILIAN & THE BINGO REMATCH by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Though this sequel doesn't achieve the same victory as its predecessor, it does set the stage for more engaging rounds to come—here's hoping. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maximilian, the lucha-libre-obsessed 11-year-old from Garza's Pura Belpré Honor winner, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel (2011), returns to tackle a new mystery—understanding girls! Read full book review >

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ROOSTER JOE AND THE BULLY / EL GALLO JOE Y EL ABUSÓN by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"Well-meaning but a miss. (Fiction. 10-12)"
After observing the roosters in his artist grandpa's backyard, seventh-grader Joe López can't get enough of these indomitable avians. Read full book review >

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MAXIMILIAN AND THE LUCHA LIBRE CLUB by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Pretty darn good fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the third book of Max's Lucha Libre Adventures, the titular hero struggles through the complexities of young love as he prepares to fulfill his luchador destiny. Read full book review >

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JUAN AND THE CHUPACABRAS/JUAN Y EL CHUPACABRAS by Xavier Garza
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2006

"Another successful title for the author of Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask (2005). (Picture book. 6-9)"
Their grandfather's tales of his encounters with Latin American terrors La Llorona (the ghostly Weeping Woman) and the Chupacabras inspire Juan and his almost fearless cousin Luz to sneak out late. Read full book review >

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"The first volume of what promises to be a fulfilling science-fiction trilogy.
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Austen's debut fantasy is the account of beast-like Silas, whose unintentional rescue of a beautiful barmaid from obscurity will have lasting consequences on the fate of his homeland, Larasca. Read full book review >

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VEHICLES by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"The tactile elements, engaging visuals, and provocative word clusters offer a rewarding experience for adults and tots alike. (Board book. 2-4)"
Different types of vehicles are introduced using tactile images paired with word clusters. Read full book review >

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FLY! by Xavier Deneux
Kirkus Star
by Xavier Deneux, illustrated by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A charming, not-so-simple board book that will surely engage. (Board book. 2-3)"
A bird embarks on a long journey. Read full book review >

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SEASONS by Xavier Deneux
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Although the touch-and-feel element is not essential, this French import is a cheery way to teach very young children about seasonal weather. (Board book. 6-18 mos.)"
A large 8-inch square trim size is put to good use to introduce the four seasons to young children in this touch-and-feel outing. Read full book review >