Search Results: "Allen Say"


BOOK REVIEW

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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THE LOST LAKE by Allen Say
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"But Say's spare, meticulously composed watercolors are the book's outstanding feature."
When Luke (who might be as young as six or as old as ten in different illustrations) spends the summer with Dad, he's virtually ignored—until the morning Dad suddenly announces that they're going camping at Lost Lake, a spot Dad fondly remembers as solitary. 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 >