Search Results: "Helen Oyeyemi"


BOOK REVIEW

BOY, SNOW, BIRD by Helen Oyeyemi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2014

"Dense with fully realized characters, startling images, original observations and revelatory truths, this masterpiece engages the reader's heart and mind as it captures both the complexities of racial and gender identity in the 20th century and the more intimate complexities of love in all its guises."
Readers who found British author Oyeyemi's Mr. Fox (2011) an intellectual tour de force, but emotionally chilly, will be won over by this riveting, brilliant and emotionally rich retelling of "Snow White" set in 1950s New England. Read full book review >

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MR. FOX by Helen Oyeyemi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The language is crystalline and the images startling, but forget any resemblance to linear logic in what is ultimately a treatise on love (with a clever borrowing from Cappelanus' 12th century The Art of Courtly Love), on male subjugation of women and on the creative experience."
Postmodernist, meta-fictional riffs on classic tales, especially fairy tales, in which women die violently in the name of love, from Nigerian/British wunderkind Oyeyemi (The Icarus Girl, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS by Helen Oyeyemi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2016

"For all the portentous metaphors (keys and locks appear in every story) and all the convoluted and fabulist narrations, Oyeyemi's stories are often cheerfully sentimental."
These nine casually interlocking stories, set in a familiar yet surreal contemporary world, overflow with the cerebral humor and fantastical plots that readers have come to expect from Oyeyemi (Boy Snow Bird, 2014).Read full book review >

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THE ICARUS GIRL by Helen Oyeyemi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2005

"Not enough consistent magic in this extended metaphor on cultural, social and psychological conflict."
A mixed-race eight-year-old girl is haunted by her imaginary friend, family secrets and the two cultures she inhabits. Read full book review >

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CLARA'S CRAZY CURLS by Helen Poole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl's very large curls cause chaos in this clunky lesson. Read full book review >

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DESERT ELEPHANTS by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Visually appealing, but more likely to puzzle than inform. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Desert-dwelling elephants journey south through the "Elephant's Doorway" toward Burkina Faso when the dry season begins in Mali. Read full book review >

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FLEABAG by Helen Stephens
ANIMALS
Released: July 20, 2010

"Just dazzling. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two kindred souls find friendship and home in this heartwarming tale. Read full book review >

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THE ROOSTER AND THE FOX by Helen Ward
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Younger readers may skip over the final section (particularly as it's printed in vanishingly tiny type)—no matter: they are sure to linger over the sumptuous art and to get the point of this ageless fable. (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
Virtuosic animal portraits adorn this lively retelling of Chaucer's "Nun's Priest's Tale." Read full book review >

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THE ANIMALS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL by Helen Ward
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"The story is a gentle tribute to the animals' role in the Nativity, and a reminder that even the smallest and lowliest have gifts to give that are fit for a king. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The wise men were not the only ones who gave gifts to the newborn Jesus. Read full book review >

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TATTY RATTY by Helen Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: March 14, 2002

"Parents of young children will definitely want to keep this tale in mind should their child's own Tatty Ratty take off. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lost favorite toy is the impetus behind this tale of the adventure one rabbit might be having when he is away from home. Read full book review >

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WHISTLING THORN by Helen Cowcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An intriguing bit of natural history, emblematic of nature's intricate, delicate balance. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Again, an outstandingly beautiful offering from Cowcher (Tigress, 1991), this time in a simple, fascinating explanation of the acacia's symbiotic adaptation—which allows it to survive despite the giraffe's fondness for its leaves—that is almost a pourquoi tale: Long ago, both giraffes and rhinos enjoyed the acacia, but rhinos didn't damage the trees as did the giraffes, which reached even the highest branches. Read full book review >

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TIGRESS by Helen Cowcher
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Still, a stunningly beautiful book that addresses an important issue with compassion—and with more balance and subtlety than its predecessors. (Picture book. 4+)"
Cowcher continues to present environmental concerns (Rain Forest, 1989, etc.)—here, with a tigress that comes out of a forest sanctuary to kill a bullock, and later a camel. Read full book review >