Search Results: "Chris Abani"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET HISTORY OF LAS VEGAS by Chris Abani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Abani (The Virgin of Flames, 2007, etc.) creates vivid metaphors not just with his characters, but also with a drowned town emerging from the waters of Lake Mead, a ghost town that hosts the Carnival of Lost Souls, and the city of Las Vegas, which celebrates the dark, the hidden and the grotesque."
A detective on the brink of retirement and a psychiatrist with a guilty burden are brought together by a series of deaths in Las Vegas in this grim but beautifully written tale. Read full book review >

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THE VIRGIN OF FLAMES by Chris Abani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2007

"A bleak, searing and sad portrait of outcasts."
Abani's latest (Graceland, 2004, etc.) follows a California muralist's search for himself. Read full book review >

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GRACELAND by Chris Abani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Worth reading for its searing depiction of modern Africa, but Abani is no Chinua Achebe."
A Nigerian-born poet and first-novelist limns a teenage boy struggling for direction in Lagos under the heel of a brutal military dictatorship. Read full book review >

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TIN by Chris Judge
by Chris Judge, illustrated by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Just plain fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Big brother Tin must rescue his wandering little sister. Read full book review >

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REVENGE OF THE DINOTRUX by Chris Gall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Young fans of all things big and noisy will make trax for this dynamic dino-diversion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The prehistoric metal monsters dug up and introduced in Dinotrux! (2009) break out—twice!—in this smashing (crashing, roaring, grinding) sequel. Read full book review >

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THE LONELY BEAST by Chris Judge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The story could use a little more internal logic, but Judge's art stands out. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Like one of Sendak's wild things embarking on a journey of its own, the hairy monster in this boiled-down quest tale abruptly sets out for parts unknown. Read full book review >

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A BALL FOR DAISY by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

"Rarely, perhaps never, has so steep an emotional arc been drawn with such utter, winning simplicity. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little dog and her big ball map an inner life rich in heights of joy and depths of sorrow. Read full book review >

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TWO PEAS IN A POD by Chris McKimmie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Set very much Down Under. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Marvin's best bud, Violet, calls him "Marvellous," has a jumping castle in her yard and a train that goes to "TOOWOOMBA, KATOOMBA, WOOLLOOMOOLOO, DIMBOOLA, NUNDROO, KALGOORLIE, BROOME WOOP WOOP" and sees "cottonwool castles and marshmallow kingdoms in the clouds." Read full book review >

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TALK TO ME ABOUT THE ALPHABET by Chris Raschka
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Read this to your favorite emergent readers, and they may be tempted to do just that. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Phonics with a difference. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIVE FOR A LITTLE ONE by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2006

"Perfect. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The little one is a rabbit child; the five are its senses, which it explores with ebullient confidence. Read full book review >

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THE WILD GIRL by Chris Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Absolutely charming. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A wild girl ("no one to brush her hair, or wash her face, or tie her shoelaces . . .") and her small brown dog survive in the mountain wilderness without ever seeing evidence of another living soul. Read full book review >

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PLATYPUS by Chris Riddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Well-known as a political cartoonist, Riddell conveys his message subtly and with good humor. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Riddell (Rabbit's Wish, 2001, etc.) reaches out to the preschool set in this charming environmental primer. Read full book review >