Search Results: "Jon Brokenbrow"


BOOK REVIEW

THE THINGS IN THE AIR by Carmen Gil
by Carmen Gil, illustrated by Turcios, translated by Jon Brokenbrow
Released: May 13, 2014

"Saved by those sparkling elves, this tale will have fans who will appreciate its ethereal otherness, but for a typical audience, the symbolism will likely be lost in confusion. (Fiction. 6 & up)"
A free-spirited tale about elves that spend their time chasing down and collecting the joys of life, this book has an underlying message that is much deeper—nearly hidden. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALKING THROUGH A WORLD OF AROMAS by Ariel Andrés Almada
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Though the abrupt ending will raise more questions than answers, this is a grand story wrapped up in delicious packaging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like Water for Chocolate for the picture-book set. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHOCOLATE'S DREAM by Elisabet Blasco
by Elisabet Blasco, illustrated by Cha Coco, translated by Jon Brokenbrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Readers who prefer their sentimentality raw and still on the bone may go for this, but Marc Simont's Stray Dog (2001) is just one of many like episodes with the artistic and emotional depth this book lacks. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An abandoned dog yearns for a new home with a young "sort-of" friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WORD COLLECTOR by Sonja Wimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Beautiful, haunting descriptions of words and the power they hold will make this a favorite for linguaphiles, both old and new. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl shares her love of words and their power in this fanciful tribute to language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LIGHTHOUSE OF SOULS by Ariel A. Almada
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"Nevertheless, it is a rather beautiful, quiet tale and smells of the salt sea. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This Spanish import opens vertically, emphasizing the height of the titular lighthouse with each double-page spread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY HANDBOOK by Monica Carretero
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Like its diminutive subjects, easy to miss. (Picture book. 7-9)"
"Do fairies exist? The answer is a definite, energetic, resounding and unquestionable Yes." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROLY-POLIES by Monica Carretero
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"An excess of whimsy doesn't make up for absence of plot. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A multitalented family of googly-eyed bugs lives underneath the Grand Variety Theatre. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE HANDBOOK by Monica Carretero
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Shelve in Davy Jones' locker. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A bland introduction to the pirate life manages to suck all the fun out of the subject. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE CLOUD LAMB by Ana A. de Eulate
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Idyllic watercolor scenes of stylized flowers or wide-eyed sheep wandering over grassy hills and leaping in the dreams of sleepy human figures fail to make this well-intentioned effort any less discomfiting. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A story about death that's far less likely to soothe young readers than confuse and creep them out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MUSIC OF THE SEA by Susanna Isern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Lovely, lyrical text combines skillfully with dreamlike illustrations to create soothing music—with just one off-key note. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this picture book translated from the Spanish, a young girl interacts with the music made by the ocean next to her seaside village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOPEZ LOMONG by Ana Eulate
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"It's inspiring, but it presents Lomong more as an object lesson than as a living person. (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
The story of a Sudanese "Lost Boy" who pursued and achieved his dream of running in the Olympics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE GOLDEN KEY by Roberto Aliaga
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"The accomplished art, however, does not compensate for the story's lack of suspense, humor, or lyricism. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This Spanish import presents the day that three mice find a key and speculate on what it might unlock. Read full book review >