Search Results: "John Cech"


BOOK REVIEW

A RUSH OF DREAMERS by John Cech
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Richly imagined and extremely well written, a tale Twain would have loved."
A winning, freshly voiced debut novel by the author of several children's stories (The Southernmost Cat, 1996, etc.), about one of the nation's odder celebrities, Joshua Norton, who declared himself Emperor of the United States in San Francisco in 1865—and became a beloved ornament of the city as a result. Read full book review >

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PUSS IN BOOTS by John Cech
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2010

"Delicious, naughty fun. (Picture book/folktale. 4-9)"
The tale of the clever con artist who just happens to be a feline is retold with flair and a knowing wink. Read full book review >

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN by John Cech
adapted by John Cech, illustrated by Martin Hargreaves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Uninspired and Unexceptional, especially next to such rich versions as Paul O. Zelinsky's glorious Caldecott Honor retelling of 1986, still the gold (not straw) standard. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-10)"
A new picture-book version of the classic fairy tale falls flat. Read full book review >

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AESOP’S FABLES by John Cech
adapted by John Cech, illustrated by Martin Jarrie
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Jerry Pinkney's collection (2000) is still the grandest of all, but readers who appreciate salutary lessons that are disbursed with a light touch may gravitate to this one. (afterword) (Folktales. 6-10)"
Taking pride of place, Jarrie's postmodern scenes of elegantly elongated animals and skinny-limbed humans comically grinning or grimacing over their various twists of fortune shoulder Cech's 36 amiable retellings to the outer margins of the pages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by John Cech
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The illustrations feature exaggerated forms and a green, brown and gold palette, but do not distinguish this retelling, which fails to spark a real rhythm or much energy: more ho hum than fo fum. (author's note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
It's Jack again, in a somewhat lackluster retelling that includes a twist at the end. Read full book review >

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THE SOUTHERNMOST CAT by John Cech
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Osborn's vibrant, evocative gouaches—in frames featuring cirrus, cumulus, and stratus clouds in a variety of configurations—sail right along with the narrative's fanciful tack. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Off the coast of Key West, Florida, drifting on a sea of memories, floats Ernesto the cat, wetting his line in hopes of a meal. Read full book review >

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FIRST SNOW, MAGIC SNOW by John Cech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"More elaborate than Croll's The Little Snowgirl (1989), and for a slightly older audience. (Folklore/Picture book. 7-10)"
A richly illustrated and gracefully narrated version of a Russian tale, ``The Snow Maiden'': A snowbaby made by a childless woodsman comes to life and delights him and his wife all winter; then, coming too near a spring bonfire, ``Snowflake'' vanishes. Read full book review >

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MY GRANDMOTHER'S JOURNEY by John Cech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1991

"A compelling, thoughtful blend of the light and the dark in human experience, skillfully shaped into a tale suitable for sharing with young children. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Basing his narrative on the experiences of his wife's mother, who was born in Russia in 1907 and escaped westward in a harrowing journey during WW II, Cech tells a moving story as it might be told to a grandchild at bedtime. Read full book review >

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THE NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffman
by E.T.A. Hoffman, adapted by John Cech, illustrated by Eric Puybaret
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Shorter and more cheerful versions of the story are more appropriate for the season and for today's young readers. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Cech's adaptation of the holiday classic is based on Hoffman's original rather than on the later ballet. Read full book review >

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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >