Search Results: "J. Alison James"


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 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

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

MEREDITH, THE WITCH WHO WASN'T by Dorothea Lachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a point delivered with a light touch, ably crafted and colored in Unzner's exuberant paintings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Meredith is a witch, but she avoids the usual witchy trappings and doesn't really like magic, so her spells suffer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAINBOW FISH TO THE RESCUE! by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"This simple book, short and sweet, will be a hit with preschool students of ethics as well as fans of the first glittering book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sequel to Rainbow Fish (1992), this morality tale begins when Rainbow Fish and his new friends, all ensconced in flashing scales, won't let a striped fish without a flashing scale play with them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE UP, SANTA CLAUS! by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"This is best served to Pfister's many fans, who won't see the framed picture of Rainbow Fish on the wall as a not-so-subtle piece of cross-promotion. (Picture book. 3-7)"
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BOOK REVIEW

PENGUIN PETE AND LITTLE TIM by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"The adorable illustrations are the only appealing thing about this dull, confused penguin tale. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-5)"
On this particular snowy day, Penguin Pete (Penguin Pete, not reviewed) takes his son, Tim, out for a walk. 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 >