Search Results: "Akemi Gutierrez"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"An age-appropriate story that may spark discussion. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"Who do I look like?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A NAP IN A LAP by Sarah Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"The text, often broken into only four or five words per page, sometimes 'reads' too quickly for young listeners to absorb the accompanying pictures, but the sonorous rhyme and menagerie of familiar, dozy animals make this an effective settle-downer. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A child tallies favored napping places for a variety of baby animals, "sprawled upside-down / or cuddled in fur / or feathered in brown," then concludes that, "the best nap for ME . . . / is a nap in a lap!" Read full book review >

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STARFISH by Akemi Dawn Bowman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"If not all elements persuade, Kiko's sometimes-halting journey from defensive passivity to courageous self-realization remains believable and moving throughout. (Fiction. 12-16)"
For Kiko, a biracial Nebraska teen, attending Prism, a prestigious art school, will allow her to pursue her dream of making art and to escape a toxic family environment; denied admission, she has no Plan B. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Lyrically narrated, resplendently illustrated, and deeply respectful of both subject and audience. (afterword, author's and artist's notes, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
In attuned counterpoint, Golio and Gutierrez present a portrait of John Coltrane's lifelong quest to discover and share his spiritual truth through music. Read full book review >

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SMARTY MARTY STEPS UP HER GAME by Amy Gutierrez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Light on actual baseball action, but the empowerment message comes through loud and clear. (author interview) (Fiction. 8-10)"
A bully's threats complicate a young baseball lover's chance to try her hand at announcing. Read full book review >

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OLD LETIVIA AND THE MOUNTAIN OF SORROWS by Nicholasa Mohr
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"While the tale is not suited to all tastes, it should please attentive readers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This challenging fantasy by Mohr (The Magic Shell, 1995, etc.) will appeal to more able readers. Read full book review >

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THE INSATIABLE SPIDER MAN by Pedro Juan Gutierrez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2006

"Pungent and pitiful."
Tales of Havana, from a native son. Read full book review >

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STILL DREAMING by Luis Gutierrez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"Funny, feisty and heartfelt."
An Illinois congressman's straight-shooting, spirited memoir about his transformation from Chicago barrio boy into dedicated champion for Latino civil rights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAPÁ AND ME by Arthur Dorros
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"The exuberant art and simple text convey the dreamlike perfect happiness of a young boy's joyous day with his beloved Papá. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Dynamic, energetic, larger-than-life swirls of color vividly celebrate the loving relationship between a young Latino boy and his Papá. Read full book review >

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THE TRENCH ANGEL by Michael Keenan Gutierrez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"By turns lyrical and brutal, Gutierrez stretches an intriguing piece of historical fiction to cover multiple themes."
Gutierrez's debut sets the industrialized murder of World War I as backdrop to the murderous industry of coal mining in the American West circa 1919. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC SHELL by Nicholasa Mohr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Jaime doesn't want to leave his home in the Dominican Republic when his father gets a good job in New York City. Read full book review >