Search Results: "Enrique O. Sanchez"


BOOK REVIEW

CONFETTI by Pat Mora
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Confetti ($14.95; Oct. 1996; 32 pp.; 1-880000-25-3): The best of these poems that mix English and Spanish (``I say yo soy libre'') warmly evokes familiar touchstones of Mexican-American life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DOLL FOR NAVIDADES by Esmeralda Santiago
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Esmeralda's world comes to life in the acrylic paintings by Sánchez, who captures the little girl's facial expressions with heart-tugging immediacy. (author's note, illustrator's note, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This touching story of a little girl's unfulfilled dream is based on an event in the author's own childhood in Puerto Rico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESTELA’S SWAP by Alexis O’Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"This well-crafted tale featuring a Mexican-American father and children will be wonderful for reading aloud to individuals or to groups. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Estela goes with her father and her brother to the Swap Meet, hoping to earn the ten dollars she needs to pay for folk-dancing lessons by selling a colorful music box that plays Cielito Lindo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SATURDAY MARKET by Patricia Grossman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The serene, strong-featured faces—like that of a cheated customer who is returning a mute rooster—are riveting. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A trip to the weekly open-air market at Oaxaca, Mexico, with stops at 11 fictional vendors, male and female, young and old, who have brought chiles, rebozos, huaraches, good luck charms, parrots, flowers, and clay figurines to sell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMELIA'S ROAD by Linda Jacobs Altman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"297) provides handsome acrylic paintings in a monumental, fresco-like style that emphasizes these characters' dignity and humanity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Amelia Martinez hates all roads; every time her father gets out the map, it means leaving new friends and a teacher who hasn't even learned her name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABUELA'S WEAVE by Omar S. Castañeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1993

"Handsome, appealing, and sure to be useful. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A new publisher with a multicultural mission makes an excellent first showing (also see Mochizuki, below) with this picture-book debut by the author of Among the Volcanoes (1991)— in which Castañeda returns to his native Guatemala for a story about Esperanza and her grandmother selling their traditional woven articles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAINBOW ROAD by Alex Sanchez
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A little sex might make this a not-for-everyone experience, but it's a perfect feel-good read for gay teens. (Fiction. YA)"
More soapy goodness from the rainbow boys from Rainbow High (2003). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING BONGO by Thomas Sanchez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2003

"Florid, not quite Chandler."
Straightforward noir against the backdrop of pre-Revolution Cuba. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"But readers expecting details on the impact of politics on Mexico's social and cultural life, on its diverse regions, and on its self-image, will likely be disappointed. (50 b&w illustrations, 4 maps, not seen)"
A vigorous, detailed history of Mexican politics, concentrating on the 19th and 20th centuries, and more particularly on the men who have contested for control of the nation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF GOD AND PHYSICS by Enrique Joven
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"Too many history lectures and not enough tension."
Inspired by a mysterious real-life text, Spanish physicist Joven's fiction debut sends three friends on a series of intellectually edifying, if less than thrilling adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLDEN FLOWER by Nina Jaffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2005

"The illustrations in luscious tropical colors, with shapes and patterns (especially spirals) reminiscent of pre-Columbian art, are perfect. (Picture book/folktale. 5-10)"
The island of Puerto Rico, originally called Boriquén by its Taino inhabitants, was once, according to legend, a barren mountain. Read full book review >