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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

HOMEGROWN HOUSE by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2009

"Kids anticipating or recovering from moving should feel right at home. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl frets about moving to a new house while yearning for a "homegrown" house like her grandmother's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU HAVE TO WRITE by Janet S. Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Elementary teachers will find this unusual combination of poetry and advice a useful introduction to creative-writing assignments. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Coming up with new ideas is a common dilemma of many a writer, from budding elementary-school essayists to experienced novelists. Read full book review >