Search Results: "Hiromi Goto"


BOOK REVIEW

HALF WORLD by Hiromi Goto
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Hopeful and beautifully strange. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Fat, poor and intellectually slow, Melanie Tamaki's days are divided between torment at school and her alcoholic mother at home. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT SWORD by Scott Goto
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"An attractive and informative introduction to sword-making in ancient Japan with insight into the samurai code of honor. (author's notes, glossary) (Picture book. 7-10)"
After forging a magnificent samurai sword, a Japanese swordsmith of the Tokugawa period seeks a worthy owner for it. Read full book review >

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HEAT WAVE by Helen Ketteman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Goto's eye-popping, thermometer-busting illustrations are perfectly matched to the story's exaggerated dimensions; weird angles and brash colors give the fields and farm a parched look ideal for the antics in the foreground—even though those antics are too familiar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Ketteman (Bubba, the Cowboy Prince, p. 1646, etc.) repeats herself in this pack of lies fashioned into a Kansas-style tall tale. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT PANCAKE ESCAPE by Paul Many
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A rhythmic, rip-roaring romp. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Our dad is a magician, / who can make a bird go poof, / but the day he cooked us pancakes, / he made an awful goof." Read full book review >

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SHOOTING STAR by Debbie Dadey
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"He makes a burlesque of the facial expressions of Annie's audience, whose uniform astonishment begins to look static. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A picture-book version of Annie Oakley's life that wavers between a fairly straight telling of the few known facts and tall-tale exaggerations that are both forced and silly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MANAZURU by Hiromi Kawakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Evocative, original exploration of grief—more of a journey than a destination, with plot almost beside the point."
In this debut novel from Japanese writer Kawakami, a Tokyo woman coping with the mysterious loss of her husband finds herself suddenly drawn to a small fishing village. Read full book review >

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THE NAKANO THRIFT SHOP by Hiromi Kawakami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Charming and engrossing as a shop of curiosities but thin on meaningful change or conflict."
In this quirky and episodic novel, a young woman yearns for love in a thrift store full of oddities and odd characters. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A COOL MOTORCYCLE DUDE by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"This disarming, funny and not agenda-driven dig at the hot-button issue of gender differences is likely to excite plenty of giggles—and perhaps some discussion, too. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Young readers who have ever been forcibly yoked to a rival for some class project will glory in this contentious oral report. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A ROYAL SUPERBABY by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The artistic mashup illustrates the value of collaborative effort as hilariously as does the tumultuous tale. (Picture book. 6-9)"
For a new highlight in the annals of Good Cooperation, the creators of Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (2005) reprise the winning premise and bring back much of the original cast. Read full book review >