Search Results: "Mai Kemble"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCY GRACE by Julia Walton
by Julia Walton, illustrated by Mai Kemble, developed by Kayu Media
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Although the individual elements of this app work well, the story bangs children over the head with its message: Behave or else you'll turn into a spoiled brat. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
If only life were as simple as this. Read full book review >

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POLKA-DOT FIXES KINDERGARTEN by Catherine Urdahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Kindergarten compassion and problem-solving rolled into one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When Polka-dot encounters a mean girl on her first day of kindergarten, her confidence that she can fix anything is shaken. Read full book review >

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THE LEMON SISTERS by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Nonetheless, Mai-Wyss's illustrations, a cheerful mix of watercolor, gouache and collaged paper, serve to leaven and brighten the scenes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three elderly sisters reunite, and revisit their youthful playfulness, by connecting with a trio of imaginative neighbor girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YAWN HEARD ’ROUND THE WORLD by Scott Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Globally minded teachers and parents will enjoy helping children find the story's locations on a globe or world map. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a joint debut for both Thomas and Mai-Wyss, the unusual subject of the highly contagious nature of a yawn is combined with a whirlwind tour to create an amusing story that works despite the unlikely premise and a sing-songy rhyming text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HAPPY FUNERAL by Eve Bunting
Released: Sept. 1, 1982

"The light-fingered, gray-toned pencil-and-wash drawings display the same combination of sensitivity, economy, and finesse."
The rightness of death for the deceased, the painfulness for the survivors—conveyed with exceptional directness in the context of an unfamiliar culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SONG FOR MY SISTER by Lesley  Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"A neat melding of religious traditions into the familiar new-sibling story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
There is no specific Jewish ritual for naming a daughter, so many families invent their own. Simpson has invented an entire book to go with it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE FINE SHABBAT by Chris Barash
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"A fine if not deathless choice for Shabbat reading. (Board book. 2-4)"
A Jewish family celebrates the Sabbath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TREE FOR EMMY by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"A fine introduction to the pleasures of trees, well suited for group and home reading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Freckled, red-haired Emmy loves trees—her grandmother's impressive mimosa in particular. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKY LEGENDS OF VIETNAM by Lynette Dyer Vuong
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"An engaging collection, with appropriately brooding b&w illustrations. (Folklore. 9+)"
In her third collection of Vietnamese folklore, Vuong retells six tales of the sun, moon, and stars, introducing the Taoist mythology of the fairies—heavenly immortals ruled by the Jade Emperor—who break their own laws to become involved with humans. ``The Weaver Fairy and the Buffalo Boy'' is a variation of a familiar tale explaining the Milky Way; ``The Seven Weavers'' is about the Pleiades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUDREY (COW) by Dan Bar-el
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Part Great Escape, part Hatchet, part Charlotte's Web, all wonderful. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Move aside Wilbur and Babe. There's a new farmyard hero in town, and she has no desire to end up hamburger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOOMING BELLA by Carol Ann Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Children will doubtlessly identify with Bella's impulsive enthusiasm and mercurial moods—or know someone who behaves in just such a way. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Bella is a little girl with a big voice, and she's especially loud when excited—and she's positively thrilled about today's field trip to the art museum. Read full book review >