Search Results: "Masako Togawa"


BOOK REVIEW

SLOW FUSE by Masako Togawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"Erle Stanley Gardner."
A sluggishly paced and indifferently written whodunit from an acclaimed Japanese practitioner of the genre (A Kiss of Fire, 1988, etc.), whose sole (though scarcely unique) distinction is its employment of a young psychiatrist as detective. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOW CHILDREN by Masako Yamashita
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"A gentle, well-meant introduction to climate change (a phrase the author doesn't use) that's suitable for preschoolers, if there seems to be need. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Two snow children, concerned about the effects of global warming, attend an international meeting where, after some dissension, all agree it is time to work together to do something about it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF YURIWAKA by Erik Haugaard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"An unusual multicultural contribution. (Folklore. 8-12)"
An introductory note explains that the story of Odysseus, as told in Japan by 16th-century European traders or missionaries, was adopted and became a ``native tale.'' Haugaard, an expatriate Dane well-known for his trenchant historical fiction (The Little Fishes, 1967), here joins his Japanese wife in retelling the result, which retains the epic's essential frame but omits the hero's lengthy, adventurous journey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GIFT FOR LITTLE TREE by Colleen D.C. Marquez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"More than most adoption books, this one is love-it or hate-it, as its metaphor is likely to sail over most children's heads and shows adoption as only a Plan B. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A God-centric adoption story using a grafted apple tree as a metaphor. Read full book review >