Search Results: "Juan Wijngaard"


BOOK REVIEW

DUCK by Juan Wijngaard
illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1991

"Baby Animal Board Book'' series: Bear; Cat; Dog. (Picture book. 0-4)"
In a nicely inventive board book, a duckling has five experiences for the toddler to share and discuss: it nibbles a hole in a loaf of bread, swims in a wheelbarrow full of water, etc. The simple realistic illustrations are appealing and well drawn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESTHER'S STORY by Diane Wolkstein
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Elegant and enlightening. (pronunciation guide, notes) (Picture book. 7-11)"
Wolkstein (Step By Step, 1994, etc.) writes, in diary form, the story of Esther, the Jewish orphan who became queen of Persia and kept her identity a secret until her people were in danger of destruction at the hands of the prime minister, Haman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING TO SLEEP ON THE FARM by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"A captivating bedtime book, wrought with unusual thought and care. (Picture book. 2-6)"
As a drowsy little boy puts his toy animals into their box, he asks his sleepy dad (lying on the floor beside him) how they go to sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMMA BEAN by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A fine readaloud or early young reader. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A particularly endearing stuffed toy—a very long-earred rabbit, made by Molly's grandmother before her birth—survives the affection of the normally rambunctious child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUAN BOBO by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1994

"Spanish versions are given in smaller type at the end. (Folklore/Easy reader. 5-9)"
In an attractive collection, subtitled Four Folktales from Puerto Rico, a Puerto Rican-born author and illustrator present their island's popular comic simpleton. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON JUAN by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Whether you call it 'postmodern' or 'meta-fiction,' there isn't much here."
A slim, odd volume in which the Austrian novelist (Crossing the Sierra de Gredos, 2007, etc.) spins a story about storytelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUAN QUEZADA by Shelley Dale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Libraries that have the first book on Quezada will want this one, too. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The second children's picture book within a year about the famed potter, Juan Quezada of the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, this one is very different from The Pot that Juan Built, by Nancy Andrews-Goebel, illustrated by David Diaz (2002). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUAN VERDADES by Joe Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

As Hayes (El Cucuy!, not reviewed, etc.) explains in his author's note, he has revised a variant of Aarne-Thompson's tale type 889, "The Faithful Servant," drawing on versions collected in Spain and New Mexico. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLOUD TEA MONKEYS by Mal Peet
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Unlike cloud tea, an accessible treasure. (authors' note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Tea, labor-intensive to harvest, is a precious commodity, but wild-growing cloud tea, found only in the highest, dangerous-to-reach mountaintops, is the most prized of all in this lyrical story based on a Chinese folktale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A useful biography, though overwritten and overlength; of particular interest to students of contemporary European politics."
An impressively thorough but tepid life of Spain's reigning Bourbon monarch, who helped foster democracy after the dark decades of the Franco junta. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JUAN DOE MURDERS by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Count on it: If she went mano à mano with Kay Scarpetta, Smokey (Carcass Trade, 1994, etc.) would win the bloody scalpel award."
When Nita Estevez paid her cousin a thousand bucks to smuggle her across the border into the States and find her work in the Garden Grove garment factory in a back area of Orange County, she was hoping for a better life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING ANGEL JUAN by Francesca Lia Block
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"In her fourth book, Block's lyrical interplay of leitmotifs and artful allusions (statues, mannequins, drag queens; photos, mirrors, ghosts; pimps, wholesale butchers, vegetarians; and, of course, angels) continues to be uniquely fascinating and provocative. (Fiction. 12+)"
Still following the teenage experiences of Weetzie Bat (1989) and her friends, Block departs, for the first time, from the L.A. scene. Read full book review >