Search Results: "Kai-feng Kama Bookstore"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TURTLE IS GETTING MARRIED by Qiao-Mei Li
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"A charming tale, but not seaworthy enough to bear the heaping cargo of cultural information it's plainly designed to carry. (strip index) (iPad storybook/informational app. 7-10)"
An original, folkloric tale set in Taiwan and positively festooned with maps, games and nonfiction side articles—but much in need of better translation and proofreading. Read full book review >

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LITTLE ORIOLE by Jianxin Zhou
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2012

"Part story, part literary rumination, part introduction to an artistic technique, this is more a compendium than an integrated app. Still, there are rewards here for reflective readers. (author blurb) (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
A confusingly organized import with aural and visual appeal aplenty features a small bird on a long journey and an unusual hands-on project. Read full book review >

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THE THREE-INCH GOLDEN LOTUS by Feng Jicai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"A superficially whimsical and picaresque tale of old Chinese society, luminously evoked, but with a deadly serious underlying subject that gives it a sobering edge."
In the tradition of Swift, contemporary Chinese writer Feng Jicai (Chrysanthemums, 1985) critiques Chinese society by focusing on the grotesque as he tells the story of one family's obsession with bound feet—the perfect ``three-inch golden lotuses'' of tradition. Read full book review >

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THE SOCIOLOGIST’S EYE by Kai Erikson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A useful, illuminating analysis bolstered by a lifetime of close observation."
A man who has devoted his life to studying society delivers a final report on everything he has learned. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A real-life Revenge of the Nerds, the tale captures some of the excitement of the day when a machine took a man to the woodshed. (20 halftones)"
A byte-by-byte account of the successful effort of IBM computer scientists to create a machine that could defeat a genius. Read full book review >

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DAR ES SALAAM by Tara Kai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Africa is more than window-dressing here, and the workings of Tatum's mind are wonderfully, if exhaustively, revealed in all their blooming, buzzing confusion."
Short-fiction writer Kai draws on her experiences in Tanzania to debut with an eerily honest story of adolescent obsession that conjures up Nabokov even as it offers a fresh and grounded view of East Africa. Read full book review >

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PANDA KINDERGARTEN by Joanne Ryder
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2009

"EWSLUGp2008 is a better choice. (panda facts) (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Ryder's latest focuses on the care and learning opportunities that are given to new panda cubs at China's Wolong Nature Preserve. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 6, 2008

"Purchase where interest in the first two demands. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A swashbuckling fantasy trilogy trudges toward a formulaic conclusion in which a mythical city girds for a hopeless battle against overwhelming forces, hoping to provide sufficient diversion to cover the desperate quest of two unlikely heroes to destroy Ultimate Evil. Read full book review >

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OUT AFTER DARK by Kai Maristed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A moving portrait—acid-etched and bleakly real—of a severely dysfunctional family, although its fragmentary nature makes it seem more scrapbook than well-integrated fiction."
One of childhood's worst nightmares comes true in this gritty first novel: While their parents go exploring, two small children take a nap in an Alpine meadow—only to wake up orphans in a world full of strangers. Read full book review >

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DIGGER THE DINOSAUR by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A strong new series for brand-new readers. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Dotlich's text makes good use of assonance and internal rhymes to support new readers' decoding skills in this story about a dinosaur who needs to clean up his bedroom before he can go outside to play ball. Read full book review >