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

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

MY CHRISTMAS STORY by June Pascal
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A quick, lighthearted read about the trials of unrequited love and platonic friendship."
In this short debutmemoir spanning just one year, Pascal depicts the progress of a romantic relationship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 1996

"In spite of occasional obscurity, essential reading for anyone concerned with a creative encounter between Tibetan Buddhism and the West."
Feminist theory and psychoanalysis combine in this unusual study of Tibetan Buddhism by a Scottish woman with a unique experience of the tradition. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Judicious editing would have helped. Still, of some interest to activists, and especially to educational reformers."
A grab-bag of essays and verse on politics, literature, and travel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FAMILY AND OTHER HAZARDS by June Melby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"The ending of the book—the kids grown, the parents' move to sell the course—leaves a wistful feeling, but like mini-golf itself, the story is a lot of fun and enjoyable to navigate."
The story of a girl, her family and the miniature golf course they owned. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Tedious and tendentious. ($35,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An overly broad roundup of crimes committed by men, topped off with some partly useful theorizing on what to do about them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLMES AND WATSON by June Thomson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Mere fans will be exasperated, bemused, or simply baffled by the minutiae."
Thomson, author of 18 crime novels and three collections of her own Sherlock Holmes pastiches, delves into the Conan Doyle canon with a nitpicker's zeal to document the speculative roots of Holmes's misogyny (a cold, aloof mother), his scientific methods (reading chemistry at Oxford), and his mercurial temperament (a French grandmother and cocaine-induced mania and lethargy). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING WOMEN AND OTHERS by June Spence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 1998

"A promising debut."
A first collection from the winner of the 1995 Willa Cather Fiction contest: 15 stories, some having appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Seventeen, and The Oxford Review, by a southern writer who excels at charting the minor victories that briefly relieve dreary lives. Read full book review >