Search Results: "Janet S. Wong"


BOOK REVIEW

ALEX AND THE WEDNESDAY CHESS CLUB by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Back matter includes some universal hints to guide all those Alex's out there. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Smitten by chess in kindergarten, Alex is enthusiastic but not a prodigy, so when he runs up against "moldy old Uncle Hooya" and gets his clock cleaned, he doesn't give a second thought to turning his attention to other pursuits all the way to third grade, where football results in enough turf-eating for him to reconsider chess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDE & SEEK by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Valeri Gorbachev (2004), on down. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"Cookie time is the perfect time for hide-and-seek. Dad, don't peek!" Read full book review >

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APPLE PIE FOURTH OF JULY by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"All at once, cultural boundaries don't seem quite as defined. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"No one wants Chinese food / on the Fourth of July, I say. / Fireworks are Chinese, Father says, / and hands me a pan full of sweet-and-sour pork." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2000

From Wong (The Rainbow Hand, p. 231, etc.), a collection of 15 soulful poems that commands attention and keeps until the end, with a canny, singular take on the familiar imagery of dreamtime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1999

"A contemplation and celebration of the complexities of motherhood, this is in some ways more of a gift book for children to read with adults than for undertaking on their own. (Poetry. 8-11)"
In an exquisite and moving collection of poetry, Wong (A Suitcase of Seaweed, 1996, etc.) explores the myriad emotions connected to the word and image of "mother." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME AND ROLLY MALOO by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Despite its flaws, this moral fable opens an important cultural conversation about privilege, a rarity in stories for children. (Graphic hybrid. 7-10)"
This innovative chapter book from a seasoned author delivers two parallel stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MINN AND JAKE by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"Côté's black-and-white sketches add a nice touch, but do little to flesh out what is essentially a very slight work. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Tall Minn and small Jake are the Mutt and Jeff of fifth grade. Read full book review >

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TWIST by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Whether this volume, like America's infatuation with yoga itself, will have lasting appeal is debatable. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
The current yoga craze insinuates its way into children's poetry in this attractively designed volume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOCK ON WOOD by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Poet and illustrator both capture just the right tone to keep young readers from taking the topic too seriously—knock on wood. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
So, does wearing one's hat backwards bring good luck or bad? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DUMPSTER DIVER by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated in cleanly drawn cartoon jumbles strewn with smiling faces and broken junk of all description, this cheery episode will have young readers (those, at least, without an aversion to creepy-crawlies) thoughtfully examining the castoffs in their own neighborhoods. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sandwiched between wonderfully gross-out endpapers, this distinctly urban tale introduces a wild-haired handyman named Steve who furnishes his apartment with recycled junk. Read full book review >

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MINN AND JAKE’S ALMOST TERRIBLE SUMMER by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2008

"Good fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This summer Jake has opted to go with his mother and little brother to visit his Korean grandmother in his old neighborhood in Los Angeles, thus exempting himself from tightly scheduled camps and lessons. Read full book review >