Search Results: "Derek Yu"


BOOK REVIEW

SOMEONE STOLE MY BELLY BUTTON by Derek Yu
by Derek Yu, illustrated by Derek Yu, developed by Derek Yu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"A bit rough around the edges, but any mention of 'belly button' will reliably elicit gales of giggles from younger readers and listeners. (iPad storybook app. 4-6.)"
Considerably more polished of software design than art, story or orthography, this bilingual episode features a thoroughly cute ninja panda who discovers the peril of napping outdoors without covering up. Read full book review >

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FIRST CALL: GREETING 2017 WITH TROUBLE-FRAUGHT STORIES IN HAND
by J. Kingston Pierce

There are some years when it’s pretty easy to pick out which first-quarter crime, mystery, and thriller novels are destined to become the Big Reads, those books that enjoy extraordinary promotions and generate the most word-of-mouth. Such is not the case heading into the initial three months of 2017. There are so many promising new works by so many familiar ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A LOVELY DAY FOR AMELIA GOOSE by Yu Rong
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"A sunny tale to share with members of the diapered set who aren't yet up to the emotional Sturm und Drang of Jane Simmons's Daisy or Lucy Cousins's Maisy. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Amelia Goose rises from her cozy bed, strolls outside to greet the bees and birds (they answer back, cheerily), plays in the pond with Frog until bedtime, and then retires. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"For a similar audience as Ji-Li Jiang's Red Scarf Girl (1997), readers will find Chun Yu's autobiographical story a completely different reading experience, and will appreciate this debut of a vivid and lyrical voice. (Fiction. 10-adult)"
Born the year that the Cultural Revolution started, Little Green bore witness through her entire childhood to this terrible time in China's history. Read full book review >

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AUNTY LEE'S DEADLY SPECIALS by Ovidia Yu
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"This delicious sophomore entry in Yu's sassy series (Aunty Lee's Delights, 2013) has the quaint accessibility, colorful characters and quotidian detail of a traditional cozy but also a slyly bracing edge."
A possible poisoning on the job doesn't just pique Aunty Lee's interest, but becomes a matter of professional life and death. Read full book review >

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FOUR WEEKS, FIVE PEOPLE by Jennifer Yu
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Though not perfect, moving and of interest to teens experiencing similar stresses. (Fiction. 14-16)"
Five teens work on their mental health during four weeks at a wilderness-therapy camp. Read full book review >

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AUNTY LEE'S DELIGHTS by Ovidia Yu
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"This delightfully anachronistic series debut from playwright and occasional novelist Yu (Miss Moorthy Investigates, 2012, etc.) boasts buoyant prose and a colorful cast, led by the lovably unstoppable sleuth herself."
She looks like a sweet little old lady, but she probes like a pit bull. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 24, 2012

"A collection of playful stories that often have a dark undercurrent. Far out, man."
Science fiction goes postmodern in this story collection from Yu (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OSS IN CHINA by Maochun Yu
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"It is one of the few deficiencies in an important if profoundly depressing story of bureaucratic infighting, jealousies, incomprehension, and ultimate failure."
A significant account of the wartime exploits in China of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the intelligence agency that was later to become the CIA. Read full book review >

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GLADYS GOES OUT TO LUNCH by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Like Gladys's bananas, Anderson's story is simple comfort food, with eye-candy artwork providing a welcome dash of spice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gladys is a gorilla (never mind that she's purple, for there is more color on these pages than a harlequin's Technicolor dream coat). Read full book review >

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HOW THE EASTER BUNNY SAVED CHRISTMAS by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A fast pace, broad humor and silly puns add to the effort, as do the super-sized illustrations in neon-bright, jewel tones, but the overall effect is rather frenetic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Santa is injured by a falling toy train on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus phones the Easter Bunny to save the day. Read full book review >