Search Results: "Alexi Natchev"


BOOK REVIEW

FORRI THE BAKER by Edward Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"Still, it's nice to see the underdog pull one off, and the work on the whole resonates with good humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Forri, the best village baker in the town of Ettai, makes some pretty oddly shaped loaves—they look like keys, fish, roots, roses. Read full book review >

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TOM, BABETTE, AND SIMON by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"With scratchy b&w illustrations. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Shape-shifting adventures in a grand tradition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARMONICA NIGHT by M.C. Helldorfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

The ocean is the magnet that draws a family out at night for a moonlight picnic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ELIJAH DOOR by Linda Leopold Strauss
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The prudent message that all Jews are one family rings out clearly and joyfully. (Picture book/religion. 5-8)"
A foolish argument creates a feud that can only be resolved through a wisely engineered pretense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATHANIEL WILLY, SCARED SILLY by Judith Mathews
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"No source given. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-7)"
Nathaniel Willy is silly to be scared by a creaking door, but Gramma's sillier yet: each time she closes the door with a ``terrible squeak'' after kissing him good-night, he calls her back without saying why he's so frightened; and she tries to comfort him by bringing him yet another animal—cat, dog, pig, cow—until the bed breaks under the load. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MATRESHKA by Becky Hickox--Adapt. Ayres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Ayres's lively retelling is delightful, accessibly colloquial in tone and sparked with Matreshka's rhyming chants; the Bulgarian-born artist's vibrant watercolors, with the lively figures silhouetted against a white ground, are just right for group sharing. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A winning tale involving the appealing Russian dolls that nest one within another. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOBYAHS by Robert D. San Souci
adapted by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Alexi Natchev
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"San Souci explains his alterations in a scrupulous source note. (Folklore/Picture book. 7- 9)"
In Joseph Jacob's version of this classic tale (in More English Folk and Fairy Tales), faithful Turpie tries to warn his owner of the wicked Hobyahs who come by night, intent on evil; but the old dog's ungrateful owner only punishes him for barking. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WAGONLOAD OF FISH by Judit Z. Bodn†r
adapted by Judit Z. Bodn†r, translated by Judit Z. Bodn†r, illustrated by Alexi Natchev
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1996

"A lark for readers and listeners alike. (Picture book/folklore. 4+)"
Based on an episode in a longer Hungarian story, Bodn†r's debut work has the robust humor of a true folktale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOBSTER KINGS by Alexi Zentner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"That corny ancient curse is an awkward fit with contemporary shenanigans."
An ugly turf war between Maine lobstermen is almost eclipsed by family mythology in this slow-moving second novel from Zentner (Touch, 2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A story that resonates. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Reminiscent of Melinda in Speak, Alexi tries to find her voice after being raped. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUR OF PARADE by Alan Bray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"Well-researched and well-crafted, like a forgotten classic found on a dusty shelf alongside Stendhal and Hugo."
In Bray's debut novel, two soldiers from opposing armies in the Napoleonic wars forge a friendship haunted by secrets and complicated by their mistresses. Read full book review >