Search Results: "Lena Arro"


BOOK REVIEW

LENA by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1999

"This does bring a sense of closure to its open-ended predecessor, but the severely unbalanced structure and a resolution that can best be described as shrink-wrapped, make it a weak sequel. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Woodson's quietly harrowing I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This (1994) left teenager Lena Bright and her gifted sister Dion on the run from their abusive father; here, after hitching their way from Ohio to Kentucky, they find the safety they seek, back where their flight began. Read full book review >

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BY GEEZERS AND GALOSHES! by Lena Arro
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2001

"A fine blend of fantasy and tongue-in-cheek enterprise, with engaging characters, a mellow mood for all the adventure (this book could serve as a lullaby), and steady pacing, all knit together with Kruusval's excellent detailed illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Handsome, evocative pen-and-wash artwork transports this merry adventure tale to impressive heights. Read full book review >

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VACLAV & LENA by Haley Tanner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"A terrific, enlightened debut that captures the fervor that hides in naïveté."
A pair of young Russian immigrants, each desperately infatuated with the other, are parted and reunited in Brighton Beach. Read full book review >

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GOOD NIGHT, ANIMALS by Lena Arro
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 26, 2002

"2001, etc.) skill in color and design heightens the effectiveness of the cumulative structure of the text with a grace to charm a young reader who may read one more book before going to sleep. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Bubble confidently walks right to the tent, securely holding his sleeping bag and pillow for his overnight tent adventure with his sister, uncertain Pearl, who awkwardly holds her gear as if it might fall on her feet. Read full book review >

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LENA FINKLE'S MAGIC BARREL by Anya Ulinich
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 29, 2014

"An entertaining intellect wrapped in ill-fitting clothes."
Ulinich (Petropolis, 2007) follows her debut with a graphic novel chronicling a young immigrant writer's adventures through family, friendship and sex. Read full book review >

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TWELVE HATS FOR LENA by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

In a broad, simple, Anne Rockwell-like manner, Katz (Excuse Me!, not reviewed, etc.) poses a child peering out delightedly from beneath 12 big hats, each decorated with an array of iconic items. Read full book review >

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THE LEGENDARY MISS LENA HORNE by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A memorable life dedicated to music and civil rights, presented with commensurate style. (bibliography, further reading, listening, and viewing) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Twentieth-century racism tried hard to deny this great performer her voice—and failed. Read full book review >

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WHEN AUNT LENA DID THE RHUMBA by Eileen Kurtis-Kleinman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

Kurtis-Kleinman's debut sets out to tickle children silly with the hijinks of narrator Sophie's lovable, irrepressible, show-biz-in-its-blood extended family. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1996

"A welcome gift to Western readers."
The first (partial) translation into English of an indigenous chivalric romance set in the Nile Valley and originally composed sometime during the 13th through 16th centuries. Read full book review >

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THE ANTIC ALPHABET by Lena Lencek
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 1994

"A witty and engaging children's book debut. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A native of Trieste, Italy, creates expressive figures from the 26 letters, adding human personas and appendages and assigning each an action directed at the next (``E enchants F. F follows G.''). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Words that caption objects are well placed and include a good selection to both confirm and expand vocabulary. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A satisfactory compendium, with double spreads on topics moving outward from the child's body, family, feelings, and home to the classroom and subjects like shapes, colors, and numbers as well as the neighborhood, holidays, and animals. Read full book review >

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STINA'S VISIT by Lena Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 1991

"Warm but uneventful; still, Anderson's portrayal of affection and her eye for detail and the many nuances of her scenes rival Shirley Hughes's in their skill, charm, and humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The little girl introduced in Stina (1989) again visits her grandfather at his Swedish seaside cottage; this time the story is centered on jollying elderly friend ``Stretchit'' out of his birthday doldrums and listening to his seafaring tall tales. Read full book review >