Search Results: "Mari Takabayashi"


BOOK REVIEW

I LIVE IN BROOKLYN by Mari Takabayashi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2004

"I-like-to-do-with-my-family genre, this is fine, but it doesn't look like Brooklyn at all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Takabayashi's latest starts out promisingly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LIVE IN TOKYO by Mari Takabayashi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A painted map of Japan provides a frame of reference, and the final page includes pronunciations for the months, the numbers from one to twelve, and a few Japanese words and phrases. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Here is a charming—and accurate—introduction to Tokyo as seen through the eyes of a fictional seven-year-old girl. Read full book review >

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RUSH HOUR by Christine Loomis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"While adults may appreciate the irony (intended or not), and children will gain a certain amount of gratification from poring over the crammed images, the book imparts a sense of harried hopelessness that's almost overwhelming. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Rural readers unfamiliar with the pace of the urban rat race will be amused and enlightened by this excursion from suburbia to Manhattan as chronicled by Loomis (The Hippo Hop, 1995, etc.) and the astonishing Takabayashi. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO YOU KNOW NEW? by Jean Marzollo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"Despite these flaws, the book is fun to read aloud, and the illustrations are welcoming in their rounded simplicity and comforting pastel colors. (Board book. 1-3)"
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FLANNEL KISSES by Linda Crotta Brennan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Alternately frolicsome and homey, this is pleasant, but without the simple wonder found in Ezra Jack Keats's wintry classic, The Snowy Day (1963), as Peter drags a stick through the snow. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A rhyming poem for the very young contrasts the warmth of indoor meals and clothing with the snowy arena of outdoor play. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOLDEN GIRL by Mari Mancusi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Mancusi's engrossing tale provides a gripping glimpse at competitive snowboarding and a penetrating look at friendships within that context. (Fiction. 11-14)"
With a dad who is a former Winter X Games athlete and an impressive achievement record of her own, Lexi seems poised for the Olympics when a devastating snowboarding accident occurs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARRETA DE LA MUERTE by Mari Ulmer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"The highlight may be the appended Spanish-to-English glossary."
Taos, New Mexico, gearing up for the revelry of Las Fiestas, suddenly has more con artists and killers than tourists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A smoking triptych of time traveling, dubious double-crossing and enough dragons to sate the hungriest of gamers and fantasy fiends. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Which came first? The dragon, the egg or the fiery destruction of life as we know it? Read full book review >

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THE EARTH HUMS IN B FLAT by Mari Strachan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2009

"A coming-of-age story hijacked by Grand Guignol."
Murder, suicide, madness and awful food: An artless Welsh child must deal with them all in this dire first novel from Strachan, a resident of West Wales. Read full book review >

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GAMER GIRL by Mari Mancusi
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Predictable and littered with pop-culture references that will soon date, this one's for undiscerning tween fans of formulaic romance who want more of the same. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Gothy novice gamer and manga reader Maddy Starr has just moved from Boston to a small New Hampshire town following her parents' divorce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUMMONS OF LOVE by Mari Ruti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A psychological look at love relationships and their pragmatic benefits that cleverly blends scientific language and romantic concepts."
Canadian professor Ruti has love all figured out and explains why it's worth the trouble. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESSES, INC.  by Mari Mancusi
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Lightweight, disposable fun. (Fiction. 9-12)"
News that YouTube star and fan-fiction hero Collin Prince will be a special guest at a comic convention sends Hailey, 13, and her three besties scrambling to finance a trip to Comicpalooza. Read full book review >