Books by Doris Orgel

DOCTOR ALL-KNOWING by Doris Orgel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"An entertaining as well as thought-provoking read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This retelling of the folktale by the Brothers Grimm is fairly faithful to the original, though the doctor's wife has been replaced by a daughter and his name has been sweetened, not particularly happily, from Crabb to Crayfish. Read full book review >
THE CAT’S TALE by Doris Orgel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"So's bright, humorous watercolor illustrations capture the intimacy between Willow and Mao and add punch to the competitive drama of the folktale river race, its sassy storyteller and the intergenerational subtext. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)"
In this feline retelling of a Chinese tale about how the years were named for 12 different animals, a little girl's cat provides personal perspective. Read full book review >
CRAZY DIAMOND by David Chotjewitz
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Chotjewitz draws upon his work with teen musicians and actors to create an edgy tale of friendship and stardom. (afterword) (Fiction. YA)"
When rising pop star Mira M. is found dead in the aquarium of her producer's on-loan apartment, she leaves the media and her friends to speculate on the true cause of her death, as well as whether her chart-topper was actually written by Melody, a friend and fellow singer. Read full book review >
THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by Doris Orgel
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A beautiful family gift book. (Folklore. 5-9)"
Similar in format to this team's The Lion and the Mouse and Other Aesop's Fables, this handsomely designed collection of retellings of six Grimm stories is distinctive in voice and image. Read full book review >
DANIEL HALF HUMAN: AND THE GOOD NAZI by David Chotjewitz
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"There are many Holocaust books for children, but this one stands out in its careful dissection of one family's experience before the war, and in its nuanced approach to the complexity of emotions and relationships under stress. (glossary) (Fiction. 12+)"
A young American army officer drives through the ruins of Hamburg in 1945, remembering his childhood there, from his celebration with his best friend of the rise of the Nazi party until his flight with his family after Kristallnacht. Read full book review >
MY MOTHER’S DAUGHTER by Doris Orgel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2003

"Malone's (Brother Sun, Sister Moon, 2001, etc.) black-and-white drawings have a fresh and lovely line: his goddesses face the viewer with bold insouciance. (Mythology. 10-14)"
First-person narrative in the voices of four Greek goddesses: Leto, Artemis, Demeter, and Persephone. Read full book review >
THE LION AND THE MOUSE by Doris Orgel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A story collection that amply repays revisits. (Folk tales. 6-9)"
Grandly posed, with every whisker and hair not only in place but distinctly visible, Kitchen's noble, masterfully realistic animals make this far and away the most sumptuous "Aesop" in years. Read full book review >
WE GODDESSES by Doris Orgel
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The illustrations and photographs of museum works help resurrect these deities, as does a reader-inclusive play at the end. (map, bibliography) (Folklore. 10+)"
Orgel (The Princess and the God, 1996, etc.) focuses on the goddesses, who throughout history have received less attention than their male counterparts. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS AND THE GOD by Doris Orgel
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1996

"In fact, if the jacket art and implicit sensuality of the book don't get past the censors, readers will miss one of Orgel's most lyrical, compelling works, with an epic love story at its center and adventure running through it like a stream. (Fiction. 13+)"
 The Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, retold in novel form: Psyche is a princess so beautiful that she is said to rival Venus, who sends her son Cupid to punish Psyche. Read full book review >
ARIADNE, AWAKE! by Doris Orgel
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, a dramatic introduction to a fascinating myth. (Fiction. 9+)"
 A novella-length adaptation of the myth in a large, handsome format that's much enhanced by the arresting perspectives and pellucid Grecian light in Moser's elegantly crafted watercolor portraits. Read full book review >
THE FLOWER OF SHEBA by Doris Orgel
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Bank Street Ready-to-Read book. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
 The great queen visits King Solomon to ``prove him with hard questions,'' as the Bible says. Read full book review >
NOBODIES AND SOMEBODIES by Doris Orgel
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1991

"Easily read, but not simplistic; a satisfying, carefully crafted story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
 Suddenly finding herself in a new school at midyear because of her dad's transfer, Laura's hopes of making friends are thwarted by her new fifth grade's competing cliques. Read full book review >