Search Results: "Mei Matsuoka"


BOOK REVIEW

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW by Mei Matsuoka
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Matsuoka's stylized illustrations and tongue-in-cheek tale make for a positive tonic in a season distinguished by sweetness. (Picture book. 5-9)"
When Wolf decides to rehabilitate all the "nasty, scary, and greedy" storybook wolves with one of his own, he begins the tale of Mr. Nice Wolf, who follows a set of footprints in the snow in the hopes of finding a new friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FRIEND FOR ALL SEASONS by Julia Hubery
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"A gentle tale with a nifty lesson. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cute Robbie Raccoon learns nature lessons via the life cycle of Father Oak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BURGER BOY by Alan Durant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2006

"Embellished with eventful illustrations that are brimming with delightful comic details, this is a tasty and off-kilter romp. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fans of modern twisted tales rejoice: Young Benny doesn't like vegetables, but he LOVES burgers. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT SHEEP SHENANIGANS by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Feels like a TV cartoon with lots of silly action and no real point, but fun nonetheless. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A self-deluded wolf is determined to catch a lamb for his supper. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT BALLOON HULLABALOO by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A fun-filled ride. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A not-so-simple errand turns into a visit to distant planets and great adventures for Simon the Squirrel and his friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EATING CHINESE FOOD NAKED by Mei Ng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A coming-of-age story that pushes all the current multicultural buttons—cuisine, custom, and conflict between generations—but never truly comes alive. (Author tour)"
A Chinese-American's ambitious but flat first novel in which recent college graduate Ruby Lee comes home to face the family she fled. Read full book review >

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WHEN I WAS A DINOSAUR by Tatsuhide Matsuoka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2017

"A fun fantasy sure to be enjoyed by the dino-obsessed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An imaginative young Japanese child receives a birthday gift that any kid would covet—a dinosaur suit! Read full book review >

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CLOUD OF SPARROWS by Takashi Matsuoka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"In this case, enough said."
Some rootin'-tootin' shoot-'em-up and slice-'em-up for those who thought the US-Japanese trade deficit was bad. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN BRIDGE by Takashi Matsuoka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"Pleasant Asian take on the always reliable Aga saga."
Characters from Matsuoka's bellicose Cloud of Sparrows (2002) return for the calmer tale of an aristocratic family's extra-sensorily perceptive inheritance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRIXI PUDONG AND THE GREATER WORLD by Audrey Mei
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 27, 2016

"Despite distracting exposition, this generation-spanning novel brings Chinese life and global history alive."
Mei's debut novel charts the aspirations of a Chinese family against the backdrop of wars and political shifts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE CHILD by Mei Fong
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Finished just before the announcement of the policy's demise, One Child is a touching and captivating anthropological investigation of one of the most invasive laws ever devised."
Widespread female infanticide and officials jailing pregnant women's families to induce them to surrender to abortions—these are scenes not from a dystopian novel but from China's family planning bureaucracy. Read full book review >

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 >