Search Results: "Chih-Yuan Chen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER by Chih-Yuan Chen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The minimalist illustrations in a subdued palette convey the sadness of the parents, the hope of the children and the pleasure experienced in simple gifts. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The quietest, calmest Christmas story ever has to be this gentle, understated tale of a family having a meaningful Christmas despite hard times. Read full book review >

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THE FEATHERLESS CHICKEN by Chih-Yuan Chen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Still, the author allows readers to figure out the point for themselves, rather than hammering them over the head with it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A featherless chicken rejected by his fashionable fellows finds a way to puncture their vanity in this clumsy but well-meaning effort. Read full book review >

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ARTIE AND JULIE by Chih-Yuan Chen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A worthy addition to any 'waging peace' list. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Chen follows up a celebration of unlikely siblings in Guji Guji (2004) with an equally captivating look at an unusual friendship. Read full book review >

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MIMI SAYS NO by Yih-Fen Chou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Add this title to large collections; leave Mimi Loves to Mimic behind and hunt up Frank Asch's classic Just Like Daddy (1981) instead. (Picture book. 2-4)"
In this twinned salute to toddler traditions, one entry swims and the other flounders. Read full book review >

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A GIFT by Yong Chen
by Yong Chen, illustrated by Yong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Quietly told, it is probably best for a child and a caregiver to read while sitting close together. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's Chinese New Year, and Amy and her mother (there's no mention of a father) are preparing for the holiday in their suburban house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

White Tiger Legend by Hu Yuan Nabe
Released: July 17, 2014

"An action-stuffed chronicle of one boy's journey to self-enlightenment and martial arts mastery with heavy existential and spiritual philosophical undertones."
Set presumably in 12th-century China, an action-packed YA read about a young Shaolin monk named Zi who embarks on a harrowing journey of self-discovery after his temple and everything he ever knew are destroyed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Strangers by Anna Wang Yuan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An intriguing collection that focuses on strangers, with several revelatory and enlightening tales."
A compilation offers nine short stories written by Chinese immigrant authors, loosely linked by a common theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PARTHENON by Elizabeth Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Though the author ends abruptly with the catastrophic explosion of 1687, she once again will leave readers buzzed about one of the great works of architecture, and more deeply aware of the ways in which it reflects its builders' beliefs and attitudes. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Perceptive as always, Mann not only examines the construction of the Parthenon in this new entry in her Wonders of the World series, she also discusses what decorating this glorious, no-expenses-spared, holy temple with statues not of gods but of mortals reveals about how Athenians regarded themselves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY BORN by Anastasia Suen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Such a sturdy, well-considered board book will please both parents and children. (Board book. 1-3)"
An adorable lift-the-flap book that works on a number of levels. Read full book review >

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A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A mostly satisfying 'round-the-world romance. (Romance. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old photographer Shana, a secondary character from Chen's previous novel, Return to Me (2013), takes center stage in this stand-alone companion romance. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO ME by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Disappointing. (Paranormal fiction. 13 & up)"
A teen psychic learns to embrace her visions after her father breaks up their family. Read full book review >

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MY LAST EMPRESS by Da Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A lyrical tale of crossed borders, boundaries and destinies, expertly told."
Nabokov meets Dream of the Red Chamber. Read full book review >