Search Results: "Julie Otsuka"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie Otsuka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A lovely prose poem that gives a bitter history lesson."
Otsuka, whose first novel (When the Emperor Was Divine, 2003) focused on one specific Japanese-American family's plight during and after internment, takes the broad view in this novella-length consideration of Japanese mail-order brides making a life for themselves in America in the decades before World War II. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE EMPEROR WAS DIVINE by Julie Otsuka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Earnestly done, and correctly, but information trumps drama, and the heart is left out."
A carefully researched little novel, Otsuka's first, about the US internment of Japanese citizens during WWII that's perfect down to the tiniest detail but doesn't stir the heart. Read full book review >

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ROAR! by Julie Bayless
by Julie Bayless, illustrated by Julie Bayless
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fresh and funny friendship tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When the sun goes down on the savanna, the lion cub wants to play. Why doesn't anybody else? Read full book review >

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RUTHIE'S BIG OLD COAT by Julie Lacome
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Her artwork, buoyant with spring color, is a nice compliment to the text and captures the closeness of childhood best friends. (Picture book. 5-7)"
When Ruthie's cousin bestows upon her an old red coat she is dismayed to find that, in addition to being old, it is way too big! Read full book review >

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I'M A JOLLY FARMER by Julie Lacome
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Simple but thoughtfully constructed; just right for the youngest. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Once again, an illustrator finds a novel way to rehearse familiar animals. Read full book review >

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RHINOS WHO SURF by Julie Mammano
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Way cool, but also of limited usefulness. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-6)"
A wild blend of the psychedelic with folk art provides the eye-filling graphics of Mammano's first book, which has no story for mondo dudes to carve up but constructs a day in the life of some surfing rhinos using only California surfer lingo. Read full book review >

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HOW TO by Julie Morstad
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"In these inventive scenarios, children will recognize themselves and find new ways to be. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Smart, clean design and a text built around unpunctuated phrases offer room to pause, ponder and discuss in this book of quiet joy. Read full book review >

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APPLE CAKE by Julie Paschkis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Sweethearts of any age will celebrate the joy of love and shared simple pleasures. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
Alphonse lures Ida away from her book by making a cake for her. Read full book review >

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RHINOS WHO RESCUE by Julie Mammano
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Nonetheless, this may be a hit with children acquainted with firefighters, or with those who love anything having to do with them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The rhinos are back! Read full book review >

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NO HUGS TILL SATURDAY by Julie Downing
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2008

"Grown-up readers will just have to hope that their own little ones don't get any ideas. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Felix and Mama have some very special hugs they share: soft snuggles, super squeezes and monster mashes. Read full book review >

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WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES by Julie Fogliano
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"This combination of poetry and art in praise of the familiar, natural world is sweetly, successfully dazzling. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Forty-eight short poems follow the four seasons, beginning and concluding on March 20, a bird singing, "each tweet poking / a tiny hole / through the edge of winter," as spring comes round again. Read full book review >