A must-have for any fashion lover, as the best component is the cultural history that accompanies each setting.

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PLANET FASHION

Slee and Kittler take readers down a multicultural catwalk that spans time, showcasing fashion from all over the world.

Depicting diverse models of all ages, genders, and colors, vibrant illustrations of events and settings act as the stage, each one presenting a select time period, location, notable designers, and the fashions that were popular during that time. “Dancing the Waltz” highlights “high-society” U.K. fashion in an elegant ballroom of dancers during the late 1800s. “Cycling” illustrates women wearing cycling bloomers and pedaling in dresses on their bicycles in the early 1900s, a time period when women wearing pants was still taboo in many places in the U.S. “Shimmying Down” takes place in a Harlem Renaissance dance hall where men dance in sharp long jackets, and women wear colorful, beaded flapper dresses. Along the 1930s French Riviera, men and women wear wide-leg trousers on the beach, “Soaking in the Sun.” On the streets of India, diverse fashion statements show the influence Bollywood film has had on Indian culture. Each page is a burst of illustrations that celebrate the impact and intersections of global fashion, with other scenes depicting 1920s Shanghai, 1950s Mexico, 1950s Saigon, and more. Scenes are aspirationally inclusive, depicting diverse people interacting in historical settings that might surprise readers.

A must-have for any fashion lover, as the best component is the cultural history that accompanies each setting. (Nonfiction. 8-14)

Pub Date: April 2, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-78603-195-2

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

Review Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

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A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers.

DON'T READ THIS BOOK BEFORE BED

THRILLS, CHILLS, AND HAUNTINGLY TRUE STORIES

A compendium of paranormal doings, natural horrors, and eerie wonders worldwide and (in several senses) beyond.

Maladroit title aside (“…in Bed” would make more sense, cautionwise), this collection of hauntings, cryptids, natural and historical mysteries, and general titillation (“Vampire bats might be coming for you!”) offers a broad array of reasons to stay wide awake. Arranged in no discernible order the 60-plus entries include ghostly sightings in the White House and various castles, body-burrowing guinea worms, the Nazca lines of Peru, Mothman and Nessie, the hastily abandoned city of Pripyat (which, thanks to the Chernobyl disaster, may be habitable again…in 24,000 years), monarch-butterfly migrations, and diverse rains of fish, frogs, fireballs, and unidentified slime. Each is presented in a busy whirl of narrative blocks, photos, graphics, side comments, and arbitrary “Fright-O-Meter” ratings (Paris’ “Creepy Catacombs” earn just a “4” out of 10 and black holes a “3,” but the aforementioned aerial amphibians a full “10”). The headers tend toward the lurid: “Jelly From Space,” “Zombie Ants,” “Mongolian Death Worm.” Claybourne sprinkles multiple-choice pop quizzes throughout for changes of pace.

A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4263-2841-1

Page Count: 144

Publisher: National Geographic

Review Posted Online: May 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2017

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THE ARABIAN NIGHTS

In a large, handsome format, Tarnowska offers six tales plus an abbreviated version of the frame story, retold in formal but contemporary language and sandwiched between a note on the Nights’ place in her childhood in Lebanon and a page of glossary and source notes. Rather than preserve the traditional embedded structure and cliffhanger cutoffs, she keeps each story discrete and tones down the sex and violence. This structure begs the question of why Shahriyar lets Shahrazade [sic] live if she tells each evening’s tale complete, but it serves to simplify the reading for those who want just one tale at a time. Only the opener, “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” is likely to be familiar to young readers; in others a prince learns to control a flying “Ebony Horse” by “twiddling” its ears, contending djinn argue whether “Prince Kamar el Zaman [or] Princess Boudour” is the more beautiful (the prince wins) and in a Cinderella tale a “Diamond Anklet” subs for the glass slipper. Hénaff’s stylized scenes of domed cityscapes and turbaned figures add properly whimsical visual notes to this short but animated gathering. (Folktales. 10-12)

 

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84686-122-2

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Barefoot

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2010

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