Search Results: "Gail Tsukiyama"


BOOK REVIEW

A HUNDRED FLOWERS by Gail Tsukiyama
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"The result reads like a faded black-and-white photo, charming but indistinct."
A young boy and his family struggle to adjust after the imprisonment of his father, an outspoken intellectual, in this dour slice-of-life novel about Maoist China from Tsukiyama (The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STREET OF A THOUSAND BLOSSOMS by Gail Tsukiyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Reserved storytelling damages a potentially riveting tale."
A disappointing saga of brothers in World War II Tokyo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SAMURAI'S GARDEN by Gail Tsukiyama
Released: March 1, 1995

"An engaging story—a forgotten love triangle coupled with the misery of leprosy—dulled by the dim voice of its narrator."
A slow and detached narrative tells the story of Hong Kong's Stephen Chan, who, in 1938 at the age of 20, is sent to recover from tuberculosis in his family's summer house in a small Japanese fishing village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LANGUAGE OF THREADS by Gail Tsukiyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1999

"A meandering story that's historically fascinating but emotionally uninvolving."
A saga of a Chinese woman in the WWII era—and sequel to Women of the Silk (1991). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAMING WATER by Gail Tsukiyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A poignant portrait of mother-daughter love in the face of death, without the attendant melodrama easily wrung from such material."
Embracing a far smaller universe than her usual sweeping historical fare (The Language of Threads, 1999, etc.), Tsukiyama blossoms with an intimate portrait of a mother and her dying daughter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOMEN OF THE SILK by Gail Tsukiyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Readers looking for a stirring story about Asian women's lives would be better off trying Sky Lee's Disappearing Moon Cafe (see above)."
Strangely stiff and predictable coming-of-age debut novel about a young Chinese girl's hardships in early-20th-century China. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S SNOWING! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Though it lacks the flair and depth of others, the breadth and ease of the text make this a good introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The prolific Gibbons' latest is a utilitarian, beginner's look at snow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HORSES! by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"For interesting horse books, look anywhere else. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
This latest from the overly prolific Gibbons reads like an encyclopedia article but looks even worse due to shockingly abysmal artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNTRY FAIR by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But since there are more than 2,000 annual fairs in the United States, the best introduction is to go and visit one. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons (Spiders, 1993, etc.) cobbles together a host of country fairs—fun fairs and harvest fairs, art fairs and antique fairs—into one great megafair in this introduction to the countryside's most enduring, good-time institution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNAKES by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Strictly for fans. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Typical Gibbons—straightforward, poorly organized, with lots of information and lots and lots of basic watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OWLS by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Schools and libraries have many better options (Jim Arnosky's All About Owls (1995), for instance) for this topic. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Gibbons cranks out yet another serviceable but barely interesting volume and this time she's chosen a topic that could be quite fascinating. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORAL REEFS by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Most useful as an additional purchase where her other books have been popular or as a companion to one of the many titles about reefs illustrated with color photographs. (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
The author of well over a hundred information books for children turns her attention to coral reefs in this introduction to that beautiful underwater world. Read full book review >