Search Results: "J. Alison James"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DRUMS OF NOTO HANTO by J. Alison James
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The dimension and texture of these complement James's sound-effects-laden text; the suspense builds with each beat as the villagers fight to save Noto Hanto, and readers are certain to have the pounding of drums in their ears by the story's conclusion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On Noto Hanto, which points "upward like a thumb into the Sea of Japan," a wealthy coastal village is under threat from a warlord seeking riches. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUNA by J. Alison James
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 1993

"This isn't in their league; still, it's a vivid and compelling tale. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Just before Runa arrives at her Swedish grandfather (``Morfar's'') home, she survives two life-threatening accidents- -a traffic mishap back in the US and a freak fall from the boat on the way to Gotland; once there, there's another in the old church tower, plus the unnerving discovery that, over the centuries, several girls in her family (including Morfar's sister) died accidentally on their 13th birthdays—on Midsummer's Day, as Runa's will be in a few days. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SING FOR A GENTLE RAIN by J. Alison James
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

A half-Indian teen-ager who lives with his grandfather while his singer mother is perpetually on tour is summoned backward into time by the powerful ritual song of an Anasazi girl, Spring Rain, whose grandfather believes she is destined to bear a son who will become their people's leader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANGEL AND THE CHILD by Dominique Falda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Unusual and thought-provoking. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An unusual meditation on a brief series of events concerning a small angel on earth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW LEOPARDS by Nicole Poppenhäger
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A dense one-page fact-based afterword provides details about snow leopards and reminds readers of the importance of protecting this endangered species. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Brother and sister snow leopards Simi and Siri are born moments apart, but the male cub Simi is born small and weak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD-BYE, VIVI! by Antonie Schneider
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Although the text (translated from the German) is a bit clunky, and the theme well-trodden, readers will find Granny's offering heartwarming, and the illustrations soft and inviting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An extremely gentle look at aging and death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIKI'S LITTLE DONKEY by Coby Hol
by Coby Hol, illustrated by Coby Hol, translated by J. Alison James
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A warmhearted story with a felicitous translation and attractive format. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Her father (``Baba'') says they won't be able to keep the donkey's new baby; when he's old enough, he must be sold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOON MAN by Gerda Marie Scheidl
by Gerda Marie Scheidl, translated by J. Alison James, illustrated by Wilkon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1994

"Wilk¢n sets the action in a lush and lovely dream world; his smiling, pink-cheeked Moon Man is charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An engaging fantasy about a cheery, moon-faced figure that slips from a picture little Marion has drawn and hung above her bed and goes out into the night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAINBOW FISH AND THE BIG BLUE WHALE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's almost painfully formulaic, but some children will never get enough of Rainbow Fish, who has now been promoted to ambassador of peace of the pelagic domain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pfister's winking do-gooder returns; Rainbow Fish and his pals find their krill-eating grounds mooched upon by a huge blue whale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW LEO LEARNED TO BE KING by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1998

"Pfister creates the animals in his trademark wet-on-wet technique, but when the facial expressions are crucial, he brings in details and puts the message in focus. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A king is deposed, a lesson is learned, and a message is delivered, all in the pages of a quick-moving, intriguing tale of the jungle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE UP, GRIZZLY! by Wolfgang Bittner
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Mom has a nice role, too. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this beguiling work, a human father and son enjoy a flight of fancy, imagining themselves as bears. Read full book review >