Search Results: "Charlotte Zolotow"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2005

"A larger-than-life story, told with panache."
Shevelow (English/Univ. of Calif., San Diego) reconstructs the life of a colorful, cross-dressing thespian. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1986

"A worthwhile collection."
A companion piece to An Overpraised Season: Ten Stories of Youth. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1973

"Individual readers might find something to latch onto here; to expect more than that would be overpraise indeed."
Facile would be the best adjective to apply overall to these ten stories, and only Updike's "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and So Forth" (recently anthologized in Spinner's Live and Learn, KR, p. 693, J-241) and Doris Lessing's "Flight" escape that designation entirely. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1969

"One does see a real child slicking up for school, learning to add on an abacus, helping his father bring in nets and mend them, fetching flat bread from an old woman and going to the well for water, etc, etc; one wishes; disparately, that the teacher weren't named Miss Acropolis, that the abacus were identified, that the author would withhold her applause."
This is the fifth of the new series of Face to Face Books (see Bernheim, Reit, Roberts & Weiss above), and the only thing one can say about the group as a whole is that each will have to be evaluated separately. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1964

"Not up to this author's standards."
A somewhat fragile looking little boy tells his even littler sister about all the heroic deeds he will accomplish when he grows up. Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE by David Foenkinos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"A searing portrait of a brilliant artist that doesn't reveal anything new about its subject."
Charlotte Salomon, a real-life German Jewish artist, created a small but radiant body of work before dying in the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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THE NEW FRIEND by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: March 4, 1981

"McCully's drawings make the friends and their activities appealing, but the story, first published with different illustrations in 1968, remains cloyingly 'sensitive' and, as our 1968 review noted, lugubrious and misdirected as well. (And when was the last time one kid called another a 'dear friend?')"
"I had a friend/ a dear friend/ with long brown hair," Zolotow begins, and then proceeds to describe their idyllic times, picking wildflowers in the woods and so on. Read full book review >

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Released: May 18, 1961

"Father's excitement over his gift and its obvious link to the last myth he was working on results in his recovery and the family's return to the glorious countryside and their home."
Fantasy elements weave magic into a realistic tale of a little girl compelled by circumstance to live in the big noisy city, but whose heart resides in the fragrant countryside of her happiest days. Read full book review >

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THE THREE FUNNY FRIENDS by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: April 12, 1961

"Children who have had 'funny friends' like this little girl's trio will respond joyfully to her little tale and to Mary Chalmer's soft expressive illustrations."
Although no one in the family could see them, the little girl in the new town had three extraordinary playmates to keep her happy. Read full book review >

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FLOCKS OF BIRDS by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

"But it's an uninflected, almost unindividuated reverie from end to end."
First published in 1965 with illustrations by Joan Berg, this was characterized by Kirkus originally as "another evocative story for the inert"; and there is no reason to alter that judgment now. Read full book review >

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MAY I VISIT by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: March 1, 1976

"Zolotow's framework here even flimsier than usual."
The latest of Zolotow's tender, plotless reassurances has a little girl, after her married sister's visit, asking her mother if she, too, might come back to visit when she grows up—if she doesn't spill talcum on the bathroom floor, drop crumbs on the carpet, knock over the plant, and do all the other careless things that Erik Blegvad shows her doing as a child. Read full book review >

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RIVER WINDING by Charlotte Zolotow
Released: Nov. 30, 1970

"The book design lacks organization, unity; the poems just lack character."
Vapid verses on nature, the seasons, some other things; 22 of them, trifles all, rhymed or unrhymed or awkwardly half-rhymed. Read full book review >