Search Results: "June Otani"


BOOK REVIEW

BREATH OF THE DRAGON by Gail Giles
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1997

A young village girl in Thailand is introduced to early sorrows when her father is branded a thief and shot by police. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNE by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"A lightly gothic tale of hearts broken and mended in small-town America."
Love between a small-town girl and one of Hollywood's leading men leads to murder, blackmail, and secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OH SNOW by Monica Mayper
by Monica Mayper, illustrated by June Otani
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 3-8)"
Just a few poetic words or lines on a page (``My cold skin sings/to the touch of feathery things''—or, an approaching dog: ``bound wallow bound wallow shake shake'')—along with simply drawn illustrations that capture the feel of falling snow and its aftermath with subtle gradations of color and precisely observed light—add up to an unusually evocative celebration of winter's delights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHIBI by Barbara Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"Otani's neatly drawn, evenly lit watercolors capture the tale's simple charm in clean, roomy scenes of smiling people in casual Western dress photographing—but never trying to feed or handle—the dappled, lively ducklings. (notes, glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
A wild mother duck lands in a pond outside a Tokyo office building; seemingly oblivious to the crowds of human observers, she raises her brood, then leads them across an eight-lane highway to a roomier body of water—the great moat in the Emperor's Imperial Gardens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAVING JUNE by Hannah Harrington
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Still, Harper's voice rings true, and readers looking for a mildly steamy romance (with more than a splash of alcohol, smoking and sex) won't be disappointed. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
It's clear from the start that high-school senior June, days away from graduation, is past saving, since 16-year-old Harper begins her account on the day of her sister's funeral. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER JUNE by Jan Heininger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2014

"A nostalgic portrayal of social upheaval in the 1960s that's sure to strike a chord with those who lived it."
In this novel set amid the looming threat of the draft in the 1960s, small-town teens create their own revolution as they take on their local radio station's narrow-minded refusal to play Motown records. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2001

"An impressive collection of solid work, in which the author's voice is sure and sonorous."
This volume gathers poems from the author's previous collections, which span the last quarter of the 20th century, and adds more than a dozen new ones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT JUNE by Sarah Jio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2014

"Jio sprinkles her book with sunny messages about being the author of your own life; fans will applaud her optimistic outlook."
A woman struggling with her past discovers a family connection to a classic children's book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TANGLED JUNE by Neil Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1997

"The result is a quietly moving tale likely to be especially welcome to readers who've followed Dave's fortunes ever since The January Corpse (1991)."
Philadelphia shamus Dave Garrett gets a chance to exercise his practiced sensitivity on himself when his office assistant, Lisa Wilson, digs far enough into his past to figure out that he's not who he thinks he is; certainly he's not his mother Barbara's son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR JUNE by Joyce Sweeney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"However, Sophie comes across as a compelling character, and the unsolved mysteries will probably keep readers interested all the way to the happy, if overly optimistic, end. (Fiction. YA)"
Narrator Sophie, a high-school senior, is in the third trimester of her pregnancy in this uneven story that blends magical realism and serious problems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIM, GYM, AND JUNE by Denis Roche
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2002

"This is a well-crafted and believable story sure to relate to any school child facing her own concerns by creating her own solutions. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Parents and educators seeking to bully-proof their child and school will welcome this latest scenario from Roche (Little Pig Is Capable, 2002, etc.) depicting a child's real-life problem and well-resolved conclusion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTER IN JUNE by Kathryn Miller Haines
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2009

"Haines, who excels at breezy nostalgia (The Winter of Her Discontent, 2008, etc.), focuses this time on sadder wartime memories. Not a three-hankie read, but certainly rates a sniffle or two."
A USO troupe causes almost as much mayhem in the Pacific as the Japanese. Read full book review >