Search Results: "Erika Pal"


BOOK REVIEW

AZAD'S CAMEL by Erika Pal
Kirkus Star
by Erika Pal, illustrated by Erika Pal
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Her heart-tugging tale also folds in a succinct social-studies lesson, and a brief afterword explains the controversial 'sport' of camel racing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A kidnapped orphan races away to freedom. Read full book review >

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ERIKA-SAN by Allen Say
by Allen Say, illustrated by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2009

"Expert angles and a touching sense of stillness make this piece visually masterful even while conceptually disquieting. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Say's hallmark watercolors, beautifully composed and superbly detailed, illustrate this slightly unsettling shift of homeland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADA'S PAL by George Ella Lyon
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Young readers who have loved and lost dogs may be more interested in the original thought, particularly in early readings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lyon (A Day at Damp Camp, 1996, etc.) piles detail upon detail about friendship, first between the first-person narrator, a girl, and Ada, ``a black mop-without-a-handle'' dog; then between Ada and Troublesome, a big, yellow ``knock-the-mail-carrier-down'' dog; and finally between Ada and Pal, the ``golden pup'' from the shelter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAL JOEY by John O'Hara
Released: Oct. 23, 1940

"He has no conscience about taking them for a ride; he confesses to the reverse side of the picture now and again."
O'Hara has had two redeeming characteristics, even in his least successful books, — a keen ear for the language and speech of his fellows, no matter in what social class, and a vigorous sense of plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY PEN PAL, SANTA by Melissa Stanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"The letter format has become popular as a textual structure in picture books, but this collection of missives misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little girl named Ava corresponds with Santa by mail for an entire year; their monthly letters make up the text of this mildly amusing holiday story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT ERIKA WANTS by Bruce Clements
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 8, 2005

"The result shines through as the portrait of a real girl emerging from a life controlled by others into the beginnings of a life of her own. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Clements serves up a touching, realistic portrait of a shy high-school girl trapped between dueling parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY OLD PAL, OSCAR by Amy Hest
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Hest and Bates' previous joint dog project, The Dog Who Belonged to No One (2008), was a more tender and effective narrative. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Alone at the beach, a black-and-white puppy huddles under the pier until it spots a child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD BUDDY OLD PAL by Michael Laser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"Burt's characterization of his own, eventual marriage——No more loneliness, but no more thrills——nicely captures the companionship readers will find with this debut novel."
A quietly diverting chronicle of friendship taxed to its limits, narrated by the duller friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PERFECT PAL by Jack Gantos
Released: Sept. 26, 1979

"Wendell look good."
"What I need is a pal to cheer me up," says Vanessa, so she heads for the pet shop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PEN PAL FOR MAX by Gloria Rand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Young Max and his family live and work on Don Manuel's Chilean fruit farm. Read full book review >