Search Results: "James Shen"


BOOK REVIEW

TALES OF CLAY by James  Shen
Released: July 16, 2012

"A well-written, engaging tale through time."
Two murders, without a mystery, punctuate this centuries-long story of rare antiques, a great sweep of Chinese history and a conclusion like a piece of seamless jade. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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JAMES PARKS AND BEN COSTA
by Alex Heimbach

“A skeleton and a slime walk into a bar…” That may sound like the wind up to a very nerdy joke, but it’s actually the set up for a scene in James Parks and Ben Costa’s new YA graphic novel, Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli, which, to be fair, is full of very nerdy — ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE GOSSIPY PARROT by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"The pleasures of gossip seem to outweigh its hazards here, though. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this arch variation on Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975), a parrot named Godfrey gets "such a flutter!" from fomenting fights and arguments among the jungle's animals with invidious "tittle-tattle." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU’RE TOO SMALL! by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Nothing new, but not bad. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Tad, a mouse, wants to help the other animals on the farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL STEW by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"The bold, cartoon-style illustrations are perfect for group sharing. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A deceptively simple cumulative tale about an enormous giant (Eva) who collects bigger and bigger animals and puts them into a sack, where a flap reveals them becoming increasingly crowded and scared. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MU MEETS MIN by Shen Shixi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"A provocative model of amity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An affectionate farm cat and a lovable farm dog are the best of friends as youngsters, but as they grow up, they also grow apart. Read full book review >

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TOES ARE TO TICKLE by Shen Roddie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 1997

"Chipper colors add to the free-spirited frolic found in the pages of this early concept book. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A takeoff of the Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak classic A Hole Is to Dig (1952) that revives the same snappy childlike style of defining words that so charmed generations of early listeners. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"A candid balance of perseverance and despair."
A woman's restless, often anguished journey from rural China to an American economic-consulting firm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOT NOW, MRS. WOLF! by Shen Roddie
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The book also includes suggestions for read-aloud sessions and extension activities for parents and caregivers to enrich the child's reading experience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A ravenous wolf and a duckling become an unlikely pair in this humorous tale about best-laid plans that have gone wildly awry. Mrs. Wolf is in the mood for a bite of duck when she discovers a duck's egg in the road. Read full book review >