Search Results: "Jane Yolen"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGIC THREE OF SOLATIA by Jane Yolen
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"In their way, these stories are like that hollow bridegroom — shining and well crafted on the outside, but not much to hang on to."
There can never be enough fairy tales, and anyone who can create a new one — say, The Animal Family or Hoban's Sea-Thing Child — has a grateful audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON RIBBON AND OTHER TALES by Jane Yolen
Released: July 14, 1976

"Artificial as we found the elegance of The Girl Who Cried Flowers (1974), this is weaker and sillier."
Six more exquisite fabrications in the author's familiar self-infatuated cadences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT OF SARAH BARKER by Jane Yolen
Released: May 11, 1981

"For balance, she shows us some Shaker dances and ecstatic celebrations (but without much change in her sober style); and her community includes joyful singers and a compassionate woman leader as well as petty conformists, the unforgiving, self-righteous prig who's the male leader, and the self-punishing Sister Agatha—but the range is as stereotypical as the individual responses."
A predictable novel about two young people raised as Shakers and their inner struggles in breaking away from that strict, celibate life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SULTAN'S PERFECT TREE by Jane Yolen
Released: March 1, 1977

"And though the flat, static formality of Garrison's Eastern-gingerbread decorations is intentional, that doesn't make them any more interesting."
The latest of Yolen's remote, complacent fables concerns a sultan who decrees perfection everywhere. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

XANADU 2 by Jane Yolen
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"With the emphasis on craftsmanship rather than originality, the upshot is pleasing rather than memorable."
A second volume of original fantasy, comprising 17 stories and nine poems—though in several cases (most notably, Delia Sherman's investigation of the life of an obscure French Impressionist painter), the fantasy element is at best minimal. Read full book review >