Search Results: "Debbi Chocolate"


BOOK REVIEW

EL BARRIO by Debbi Chocolate
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Highly recommended for all collections. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the barrio lives a boy whose sister is getting ready for her quinceañera. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KENTE COLORS by Debbi Chocolate
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1996

"These group portraits under generally African skies interpret the rhymes in a realistic and thoughtful way; simply composed tableaux convey a consistently strong sense of people and landscapes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As Chocolate (My First Kwanzaa Book, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) states in her introduction, kente is a bright, colorful cloth made by the Ashante and the Ewe in Ghana and Togo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PIANO MAN by Debbi Chocolate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"For such a charming story, it's unfortunate that so many of these details are wrong. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Chocolate (Kente Colors, 1996, etc.) refers to her grandfather as the man behind this story, but this memory piece about a pianist in the days of silent films and vaudeville comes with the standard disclaimer—that all the characters and events are fictitious. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"However, awkward word choice makes this average fare for new chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Harriet Pig and her friends team up for four sweetie-pie adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JASMINE TOGUCHI, MOCHI QUEEN by Debbi Michiko Florence
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"New readers thirsty for series fiction will look forward to more stories about Jasmine and her family. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Eight-year-old Japanese-American Jasmine Toguchi is tired of having to follow in the footsteps of her older sister, Sophie, who gets to do everything first. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FIRST KWANZAA BOOK by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A supplementary purchase; both Chocolate's own Kwanzaa (1990) and Porter's Kwanzaa (1991) provide livelier coverage for beginners. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 6-8)"
A pedestrian introduction, including a child's narrative account of special activities plus definitions of special Swahili terms and the Seven Principles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF HOLES by Poul Lange
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2013

"Educational and entertaining—and tailor-made to spark stimulating interchanges between younger children and unwary grown-ups. (iPad informational app. 2-5)"
An airy introduction to holes of, mostly, the anatomical sort with touch-activated effects that run the scale from whimsical to hilariously edgy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK TO THE STARS by Innopage
developed by Innopage, by Chet Lam, translated by Y.T. Mak, illustrated by Chocolate Rain Design
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 27, 2011

"Readers who make it this far will find happy little e-postcards designed by Chocolate Rain Designs that they can send to friends—but not, perhaps, with a recommendation to buy this app. (iPad storybook app. 14 & up)"
Despite its sketchy description in the app store, this is not the story, The Little Prince, but rather an interactive essay on the meaning of the Saint-Exupéry classic. Read full book review >