Search Results: "José Ramírez"


BOOK REVIEW

QUINITO, DAY AND NIGHT / QUINITO, DÍA Y NOCHE by Ina Cumpiano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A glossary of bilingual terms summarizes all contrasting concepts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Quinito—of Quinito's Neighborhood (2005)—returns with a plethora of opposites as he escorts readers through his family's bilingual activities with Mami, Papi, little sister Clara and brother Juan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUINITO’S NEIGHBORHOOD/EL VECINDARIO DE QUINITO by Ina Cumpiano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not an essential purchase, but this will prove useful even so in curricular settings, when teachers and librarians are presenting units on community helpers and extended families. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Not so much a story as a small boy's introduction of his family members and neighbors, recounted as he makes his way down the street to school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2005

"Longer than most picture books, and perhaps too indelicate for read-alouds with younger audiences, this is perfect for second through fifth graders and their sometimes-crude sense of humor. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In this amusing, and mildly scatological, pourquoi tale set during the "Spring of Creation," the animals discover a tiny hairless creature they have never seen before—the first human. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT, PAPITO DIOS/BUENAS NOCHES, PAPITO DIOS by Victor Villaseñor
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The bland, sentimental bilingual text in English and Spanish may appeal to families seeking bedtime books with religious feelings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The author's love letter to his mother, a gentle, repetition of the words of a Latino lullaby, starts off with an image of a young boy too scared to fall asleep and a father remembering his own mother singing a beautiful song about a turtledove to him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PABLO & JANE AND THE HOT AIR CONTRAPTION by José Domingo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Original art and visually engrossing worlds will have readers visiting this book over and over again.(Graphic adventure. 5-7)"
A duo's blasé afternoon deviates into an unexpected journey crossing dimension and time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAVANA WORLD SERIES by José Latour
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Latour (Outcast, 1999, etc.) writes beautifully in prose that's lean and lucid and never overwhelmed by noir 'style.' An additional bonus is his perceptive depiction of late-'50s Cuba."
The anatomy of an intricate casino heist and its aftermath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STONE RAFT by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A fabulous fable."
From noted Portuguese writer Saramago (The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, 1993, etc.), a playful "what-if" tale — what if the earth were to crack and the Iberian Peninsula started sailing across the Atlantic? — that also slyly satirizes current European and international politics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GARDEN NEXT DOOR by José Donoso
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Altogether, though, the book has a thin, whiny tone and a clumsy way with dramatization that leaves things flat and unappealing."
Donoso (Curfew, 1988; A House in the Country, 1984; etc.) here portrays a desperate, bitter world of Latin American intellectuals in exile (self-imposed or otherwise) in Spain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WEIGHT OF SHADOWS by José Orduña
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Sharp-eyed and unsparing."
A writer and immigrant rights activist's account of his long path to citizenship and critique of United States immigration policies, especially regarding undocumented workers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE CHANCLAS by José Lozano
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"Any child who's loved a favorite pair of shoes will identify with this vigorous Latina heroine. (Bilingual picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl loves her flip-flops to death—literally—setting up a new-shoe dilemma. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF A LIFE IN RUSSIA by José Manuel Prieto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Offbeat and witty."
As the title suggests, this is a novel in the form of an encyclopedia, so the narrative surges forward as the reader moves through alphabetical listings from "A" to "Z." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LIVES OF THINGS by Giovanni Pontiero
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2012

"Though some of the stories work well on their own, the collection will mainly interest those already very familiar with the author and his novels."
This slim collection of early, experimental stories represents a footnote on the career of the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, who died in 2010. Read full book review >