Search Results: "Elisa Amado"


BOOK REVIEW

TRICYCLE by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Economic extremes may not be so side-by-side visible in the U.S., but they certainly exist, and children on both sides of the metaphorical hedge would benefit from this invitation to think about that. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A discussion-starter if ever there was one, this brief episode contrasts wealth and poverty in an unnamed Latin American country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUN STONE DAYS/TONALTIN/DÍAS DE PIEDRA by Elisa Amado
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2007

"Despite its handsome presentation, this is more of a gift book for adults and not one that will help children make sense of the Aztec culture. (Picture book/nonfiction. All ages)"
Fluid brush strokes—more Japanese than Mexican—quickly sketch a jaguar, a buzzard, a dog, a deer, a lizard and other symbols representing the 20 days of the solar month of the ancient Aztecs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT ARE YOU DOING? by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Nevertheless, the book captures some of the initial excitement of emergent literacy against a setting too-little seen in North American children's books. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young boy discovers the possibilities of reading on his first day of school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MENINO by Isol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Children expecting a new sibling might take some wisdom here, but it may find its most natural audience in new parents, who can use it as both a primer and a comfort object. (Picture book. 5-8, adult)"
The trope that imagines a baby as an exotic creature—or perhaps even an alien—is taken to full and nearly irresistible flower in this picture book for those expecting new babies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT THERE IS BEFORE THERE IS ANYTHING THERE by Liniers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"The book is brilliant in its confirmation of an essential truth of childhood, but that doesn't make it any less unsettling, though possibly more for adult readers than for children. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A lad is tormented by existential boojums every night in this comically eerie variation on a common bedtime trope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY TATTOOED DAD by Daniel Nesquens
by Daniel Nesquens, illustrated by Magicomora, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"A strange and entertaining affirmation of the parent-child bond. (Picture book. 10-12)"
From Spain, a son's affectionate tribute to his wandering, heavily decorated, yarnspinning father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT? by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"An energetic, simple exploration of food's journey from farm to table for today's young locavores. (glossary) (Picture book. 3-5)"
Chepito, an inquisitive little boy, wanders around his agricultural community posing the titular question to the various people he encounters, all laborers involved in food production. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUSINS by Elisa Amado
by Elisa Amado, illustrated by Luis Garay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The tone is earnest, but there is no preaching—and not only will young readers or listeners understand this child's motives, her religious and family issues are sure to spark reflection and discussion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sin, Confession, and Forgiveness are the dominant themes in this spare tale of a bi-cultural child shuttled between worlds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOGGY SLIPPERS by Jorge Luján
by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Isol, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Poetic pet snapshots packaged with panache and translated with aplomb. (Picture book/poetry. 2-5)"
Using suggestions from kids in Mexico and Argentina, Luján crafts this refreshing collection of 12 free-verse poems about children's pets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TULIP AND LUPIN FOREVER by Mireille Levert
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"As evanescent as its subjects. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tulip, the watering fairy, and her dog bee, Lupin, are best friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOSTER/GALLO by Jorge Luján
by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Manuel Monroy, translated by Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"The sharp, evocative language should stir children's imaginations as well as pleasing the adults who may be reading to them and who will almost certainly feel that Luján's poem for children is more delightful than many so-called 'adult' poems. (Picture book/poetry. 2-4)"
Luján's nine-line poem, ably rendered into English by Amado, is a hymn to the coming and going of the day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALSA by Jorge Argueta
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Ummm, a delicious companion to Argueta's Tamalitos (2013, illustrated by Domi), Guacamole (2012, illustrated by Margarita Sada) and his other poemas para cocinar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Music, dancing and food unite in this giddy bilingual whirl. Read full book review >