Search Results: "Carla Golembe"


BOOK REVIEW

ANNABELLE'S BIG MOVE by Carla Golembe
Released: March 1, 1999

"Her sympathetic treatment of the subject and the positive resolution offers encouragement for children immersed in the turmoil of moving. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In two short stories, Golembe (Dog Magic, 1997) chronicles the relocation of Annabelle, a puppy, from the frozen tundra to the warm tropics, thereby addressing the wide range of emotions involved in moving. Read full book review >

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DOG MAGIC by Carla Golembe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The last line of the book lets readers in on the author's secret: This is a story about Golembe. (Picture book. 3-6)"
New shoes and a fear of dogs ordinarily do not go hand-in- hand, but they fit neatly into the plot of this first solo work from Golembe (illustrator of Jama Kim Rattigan's The Woman in the Moon, 1996, etc.), using her familiar sparkling tropical palette. ``Hot bananas!'' exclaims Molly when she discovers that her turquoise shoes with purple bows and pink and yellow stars are magic; all previous fear of dogs vanishes in a snap. Read full book review >

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WHY THE SKY IS FAR AWAY by Mary-Joan Gerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The story may be centuries old, but it teaches a timely lesson and is retold in a lively, nonpreachy way. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
Once the sky was so close that people could reach up and break off pieces of it to eat, but they wasted so much that the sky grew angry. Read full book review >

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THE CREATION by James Weldon Johnson
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An outstanding rendering, not to be missed. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+)"
``Then God smiled./And the light broke./And the darkness rolled up on one side./And the light stood shining on the other./And God said: That's good!'' This poem first appeared in God's Trombones in 1927; it's a wonderfully sonorous retelling, gracefully reflecting the story's nobility while renewing it with vivid imagery and an easy informality that never detracts from its dignity. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN IN THE MOON by Jama Kim Rattigan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Both tapa-making and the setting provide attractive motifs for Golembe's primitive artwork, deliberately evoking Gaugin, and rendered in gouache with sea urchin purples and hibiscus pinks as delectable as spun sugar. (notes, glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
An embellished retelling—subtitled ``A Story from Hawai'i'' and rooted in Hawaiian mythology—by Rattigan (Dumpling Soup, 1993) of how the woman goddess Hina came to live in her true home in this alternative to the man-in-the-moon concept. Read full book review >

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PEOPLE OF CORN by Mary-Joan Gerson
adapted by Mary-Joan Gerson, illustrated by Carla Golembe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Useful; bound to leave readers wanting more. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The third book by these collaborators (How Night Came from the Sea, 1994, etc.) is a Mayan creation myth—accompanied by colorful, primitive paintings—prefaced first by an author's note, and then by details on the Maya's respect for corn. Read full book review >

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HOW NIGHT CAME FROM THE SEA by Mary-Joan Gerson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A beautiful book that will find many uses. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A creation tale recorded by Elsie Spicer Eells in Fairy Tales from Brazil (1917). Read full book review >

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THE THINGS THAT KEEP US HERE by Carla Buckley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Mawkish prose and blatantly contrived plot developments make this a disappointing debut."
A pandemic, a catastrophic snowstorm, a massive power outage and social breakdown play out in the microcosm of a Columbus, Ohio, suburb. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 1996

"Of special interest to sufferers, but also valuable to their families and to health professionals."
Words of comfort from a recovered hypochondriac whose own fear-filled years of suffering, eventual mental breakdown, and successful therapy demonstrate that this much-maligned ailment can be treated. Read full book review >

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MATRICIDE by Carla Tomaso
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Too many themes jammed into one pointless and predictable volume."
Nothing new in this lesbian love story replete with violence, sexual abuse, flashbacks, and lots of bad poetry from Tomaso (The House of Real Love, 1992). Read full book review >

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SIGNAL TO NOISE by Carla Sinclair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"It's the desperate criminals and the heated flirting that induce boredom."
A mildly atmospheric snapshot of San Francisco's techno- publishing scene goes downhill fast when it devolves into a breathless kidnapping/romance. Read full book review >

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LARS AND FRIENDS by Carla Susanto
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2014

"The app's shining features never overwhelm the simplicity of Lars' story or the nicely executed idea at its heart. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A red horse spends a day with groups of other animals in this simple story with a clever learning hook. Read full book review >