Search Results: "Jane Yolen"


BOOK REVIEW

SPIDER JANE ON THE MOVE by Jane Yolen
Released: April 1, 1980

"It's all rather forced and harsh (to look at too)—no real harm in it, but not much good either."
Three ironic—i.e., not wryly humorous—episodes in the life of cranky Spider Jane and her ever-helpful, all-too-patient, friend Bluebottle Burt. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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THE EMERALD CIRCUS by Jane Yolen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"An impressive overview of the author's breadth and career, this collection will appeal to the author's existing devotees—or to anyone who has ever thought that 'happily ever after' left too many questions."
A collection of short stories, mostly reinventions of fairy tales, by Yolen (Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts, 2017, etc.), whose award-winning body of work stretches from sci-fi/fantasy to children's literature to poetry to cookbooks. Read full book review >

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A PLAGUE OF UNICORNS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Sweet and engaging but less than the sum of its parts. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A whimsical fairy tale is stretched rather thin in this low-key novella. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite frequent references to earlier episodes, the story stands alone, and is rich enough in ghosts and magic to please readers of Susan Cooper's Boggart tales, or younger Betty Ren Wright fans. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Third entry in the "Tartan Magic" series (behind Wizard's Map and The Pictish Child, both 1999), this carries vacationing American twins Peter and Jennifer into a Scottish graveyard for encounters with not one ghost, but three. Read full book review >

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BRIAR ROSE by Jane Yolen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Prolific YA and children's writer Yolen (White Jenna, 1989, etc.) had a good idea here, but didn't follow through."
The latest in the Fairy Tales series begins with a provocative premise: retelling the story of Sleeping Beauty as a Holocaust memoir. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON'S BOY by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"For large collections."
Young Arthur, again: Artos is the scrawny one, while Bed has the muscles and Lancelot the charm. Read full book review >

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2041 by Jane Yolen
edited by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A 'soft' collection—scientific and technological changes are smoothly integrated but take a back seat to personal problem-solving and social speculations (often satirical)—but the authors get their points across without being oppressively cautionary. (Short stories. 11-15)"
Twelve sf authors offer vignettes of life 50 years hence: bombed-out, deserted cities ("Free Day," by Peg Kerr); instant execution for unguarded speech (Bruce Coville's "Old Glory"); Shakespeare sans offensive language ("Much Ado About [Censored]," by Connie Willis); Fenway Park flooded by the rising sea; and other chilling visions. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR DANCES by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 27, 1990

"It's too bad that editors still don't excise casual mention of the never-existent brontosaurus; still, sprightly, clever good fun."
Suppose dinosaurs dressed like people and cavorted in dances like the waltz or the hula, to the sound of disco or hard rock. Read full book review >

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DOVE ISABEAU by Jane Yolen
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Nolan's somber, dramatic paintings—with sturdy, unsentimentalized characterizations and a sinuous, nightmarish dragon that looks as if it's been flayed—suit the story very well."
A powerful, and powerfully told, story that begins innocently like a Snow White variant but has a horrifying middle and a problematic conclusion. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 10, 1986

"A disappointing contribution from two talented artists, this will be useful in school libraries when books on seasons are in demand."
Four poems in the voices of animals associated with the seasons: "Winter Song of the Weasel," spring peeper, dragonfly, goose—with notes on relevant natural history and elaborate watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >