Search Results: "Caryn Yacowitz"


BOOK REVIEW

I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A DREIDEL by Caryn Yacowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Fun, in an odd sort of way. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The old folk song is given a Hanukkah spin in a parody that blends Jewish tradition with art appreciation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUMPKIN FIESTA by Caryn Yacowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"Champions of honesty and hard work will not be disappointed in Old Juana's clever outwitting of her bumbling neighbor, and her ultimate transformation of his roguery with a promise of mentoring. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Foolish Fernando joins the likes of Juan Bobo in a folktale-like formula starring a 19th-century story anti-hero who's always getting things wrong. Read full book review >

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THE JADE STONE by Caryn Yacowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1992

"A tale about artistic integrity, told with such artful simplicity that it'll be easily accessible to young children. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
When the Emperor of China is given a perfect piece of jade, he orders master carver Chan Lo to form from it ``a dragon of wind and fire.'' But Chan Lo can carve only what he hears in the stone, and the gentle, playful sounds emanating from this noble piece speak of a graceful trio of carp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE LIAR by Caryn Umetsu
Released: April 22, 2016

"Confusing motivation and lifeless illustrations sink this story about a little boy's big 'lies.'"
A little boy views his everyday life from a bigger-is-better perspective in this picture book for the early grade school set. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Forgotten Sister by Dalila Caryn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2016

"This hopeful adult fairy story focusing on two siblings glows with emotional complexity.
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A fantasy debut sees a royal family battle a curse and a princess train to save her younger sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT CAROLINE KNEW by Caryn James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2006

"As this story's heroine evolves from being merely boring to fundamentally loathsome, so too does her tale."
In her second novel (Glorie, 1998), a New York Times culture critic travels back to the 1920s to tell a story of uptown society and the downtown art scene. Read full book review >

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DIG AND DUG WITH DAISY by Caryn Jenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"Young truck-lovers will find none of the kindergarten humor of James Marshall's The Stupids here, and while Daisy solves the fruit problem, it's by design and not deed in this piece of gender equity gone awry. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A book that reads like a poor attempt at inducting girls into the mostly male bastion of trucks and large machinery. Read full book review >

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GLORIE by Caryn James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A disciplined, affecting work ."
A precisely observed, moving debut novel about the struggle of an elderly widow to master her grief and to preserve her independence, by the chief television critic of The New York Times. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BUSY COMPUTER BOOK by Caryn Jenner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Little ones may be drawn to the sparkly foil of the faux screen cover, but the programming inside is industry standard. (Board book. 2-3)"
This laptop-shaped offering (it opens from top to bottom after the release of a Velcro closure) introduces tots to colors, numbers, shapes, and opposites. Read full book review >