Search Results: "Allen Say"


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THE INN-KEEPER'S APPRENTICE by Allen Say
Released: March 1, 1979

"A sparkling, touch-true portrait of a young person coming into his own."
Kiyoi is thrilled when the "great master," a famous cartoonist, takes him on as a student-assistant, and from that moment his life becomes rich and exciting. 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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Released: March 20, 1974

"Say avoids the temptation to ham it up, and his misty fine line illustrations, which reflect the Japanese setting, help to make the far-fetched developments dreamily believable."
This traditional Japanese joke/tale (called a "pillow" or makura according to Say's introduction) proceeds from the ridiculous to the outlandish in relating the fate of a stingy old landlord who swallows a cherry pit. Read full book review >

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A RIVER DREAM by Allen Say
illustrated by Allen Say
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Reason enough for purchase; and the story may prompt thought among would-be fisher-people."
Ill with fever, Mark receives a gift from Uncle Scott: a box of trout flies. Read full book review >

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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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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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HOME OF THE BRAVE by Allen Say
Released: April 30, 2002

"While providing much to speculate on, this will probably find its rightful audience with teens and adults. (Picture book. 10+)"
Say (The Sign Painter, 2000, etc.) takes readers on a very personal and perplexing journey in this latest outing, melding together, in dream and nightmare-like fashion, the past, present, and future. 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 >

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THE SIGN PAINTER by Allen Say
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"As with much of Say's work, this spare episode will appeal most to readers of an inward, analytical bent who enjoy winkling out hidden meanings and subtle allusions. (Picture book. 10+)"
Say scatters references to other artists through a typically elliptical tale of an itinerant painter and a man with a lonely, soaring vision. Read full book review >

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GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY by Allen Say
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Lovely, quiet—with a tenderness and warmth new to this fine illustrator's work. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)"
"The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other," observes Say near the end of this poignant account of three generations of his family's moves between Japan and the US. 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 >