Search Results: "Allen Say"


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MUSIC FOR ALICE by Allen Say
FICTION
Released: March 29, 2004

"Each of Say's exquisite paintings tells a story; together they create a moving testament to a life of hard work and dreams—dreams that find fulfillment in unanticipated ways. (Picture book. All ages)"
Understated full-page water-color paintings and a spare text tell the life story of Alice Sumida, who "loved dancing more than anything else." Read full book review >

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ERIKA-SAN by Allen Say
by Allen Say, illustrated by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2009

"Expert angles and a touching sense of stillness make this piece visually masterful even while conceptually disquieting. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Say's hallmark watercolors, beautifully composed and superbly detailed, illustrate this slightly unsettling shift of homeland. Read full book review >

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THE INKER'S SHADOW by Allen Say
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"This small but firm step on an artist's journey is both inspiration to his fellows and an informative window into a particular slice of the nation's history. (afterword, with photos) (Graphic memoir. 10 & up)"
In this continuation of Say's graphic memoir, Drawing from Memory (2011), he travels to the United States and receives a decidedly mixed welcome.Read full book review >

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THE BOY IN THE GARDEN by Allen Say
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"This is a beautiful, moving, quietly mysterious read, ripe with possibilities for interpretation and contemplation. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Say is at the height of his artistic achievement in this tale of a little boy named Jiro and the powerful impact that a story has on him. Read full book review >

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EMMA'S RUG by Allen Say
by Allen Say, illustrated by Allen Say
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Readers who found Say's Stranger in the Mirror (1995) opaque will welcome his return to limpid, ruminative form as he weighs in with a characteristically terse, oblique consideration of the wellsprings of artistic creativity. Read full book review >

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TREE OF CRANES by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Beautiful, honest, but disturbing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the young Japanese narrator comes home with a cold after playing in a forbidden pond, his mother "barely looks at him" and puts him into a hot bath and then to bed without so much as a story. Read full book review >

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SILENT DAYS, SILENT DREAMS by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With sensitive text and powerful illustrations, Say brings this remarkable, inspiring life to poignant reality. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-15)"
An imagined biography in words and pictures of the self-taught white artist James Castle. Read full book review >

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TEA WITH MILK by Allen Say
by Allen Say, illustrated by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1999

"A stately cousin to Ina R. Friedman's How My Parents Learned To Eat (1984), also illustrated by Say. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In describing how his parents met, Say continues to explore the ways that differing cultures can harmonize; raised near San Francisco and known as May everywhere except at home, where she is Masako, the child who will grow up to be Say's mother becomes a misfit when her family moves back to Japan. Read full book review >

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STRANGER IN THE MIRROR by Allen Say
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers willing to dig deeply may find here a protest against marginalizing the elderly; most will see it as a transformation story, more stridently earnest than David Small's Imogene's Antlers (1985), Arthur Yorinks's Louis the Fish (1980), or Anthony Browne's entire oeuvre. (Picture book. 8+)"
Thinking about his grandfather, Sam decides that he doesn't want to grow old—but he wakes up the next morning with an old man's face. Read full book review >

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THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"This is as much a story about cultural pride as it about self-esteem and problem-solving, from which all can draw a lesson. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When an episode of teasing makes Yuriko doubt herself—her name, her heritage, her interests—her father gently guides her back to her roots and herself. Read full book review >

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DRAWING FROM MEMORY by Allen Say
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Aesthetically superb; this will fascinate comics readers and budding artists while creating new Say fans. (author's note) (Graphic memoir. 10 & up)"
Exquisite drawings, paintings, comics and photographs balance each other perfectly as they illustrate Say's childhood path to becoming an artist. Read full book review >

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KAMISHIBAI MAN by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"A fascinating window on a bygone art form. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Kamishibai means "paper theater" in Japanese, and when Caldecott artist Say was a boy in Japan in the 1940s, a "kamishibai man" on a bicycle used to sell sweets and tell serial tales of heroes and heroines, using picture cards and a wooden stage. Read full book review >