Search Results: "Felipe Davalos"


BOOK REVIEW

MAMA'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Elizabeth Spurr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The revelation about the uncle comes in clumsy dialogue that instead of protracting the suspense, dilutes it. (b&w illustrations, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 8-10)"
This entry in the Chapters series is an amiable story without much sticking power. Read full book review >

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PUNIA AND THE KING OF SHARKS by Lee Wardlaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A skillful creation of a fantasy world. (glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
This engrossing Hawaiian folktale combines lyrical language and a lush setting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOME AT LAST by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A well-told story of triumph and family solidarity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Elya (Eight Animals on the Town, not reviewed, etc.) departs here from her usual format of teaching Spanish to explore the difficulties faced by immigrants in a new land. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GONE FOREVER! by Sandra Markle
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 1998

"A good starting point for any inquiry into extinct and endangered species. (Picture book. 7-11)"
From the last auroch to the last Burchell's zebra, this handsome alphabet book presents an extinct animal for every letter of the alphabet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LIZARD AND THE SUN/LA LAGARTIJA Y EL SOL by Alma Flor Ada
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"English and Spanish texts appear on each spread of this pleasant tale, diluted only by the several journeys of the lizard between rock and city, and the sun's prolonged resistance to waking up. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
Ada (Mediopollito/Half-Chicken, 1995, etc.) elongates a Mexican folktale about a tenacious lizard who won't stop looking for the sun when it disappears; D†valos creates a series of half-lit, blue-toned spreads that evoke the world of the Aztec empire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An unusual and worthwhile collection, beautifully illustrated. (Folktale anthology. 5-10)"
These lovingly collected and beautifully presented tales take in a wide swath of history and cultures, from Spain, long a crossroads between Europe and Africa, to North America and Latin America, with their own rich heritages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Nonetheless, a scholarly, entertaining, and astonishing look at the enormous distance humankind has traveled in a historical instant. (400 b&w photos and illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the- Month Club alternate selection/History Book Club main selection)"
An erudite and breathtaking, if sometimes vexing, review of how our waning millennium might seem from the perspective of ``some galactic museum of the future.'' An American or European reader of the 1990s will be forgiven for thinking of this millennium as one of Western preeminence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2004

"Villaseñor's attention to Mother Fox's delight in her children and her open awareness that she too is a carnivore make this not only a worthy addition to earlier coyote stories, but also a pointed reminder of the cycle of life in the wild. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Villaseñor, noted author of adult works Rain of Gold and Thirteen Senses turns his hand to folktales for children with this new title. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKATEFATE by Juan Felipe Herrera
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2011

"Only one thing is certain—readers expecting a skating account are in for a wipeout. (Poetry. 12 & up)"
Short diary entries and a series of confident, colorful poems introduce readers to Lucky, a wheelchair-bound former skater and drag racer who became paralyzed after a car accident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUMANKIND by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Good food for thought for ethicists and ethologists alike."
Humankind is in danger of doing itself in—not with weapons of mass destruction, but with shifting conceptual categories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESAU AND JACOB by Joaquim Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"All hail this bounty, and grateful thanks for it."
A fascinating 1904 novel, the last of the Brazilian master's (1839-1908) four acknowledged masterpieces (the greatest of which is probably his Dom Casmurro). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLUMBUS by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Lots of trees, no forest."
Tart, well-researched, critical biography by Fernandez-Armesto (The Spanish Armada, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >