Search Results: "Michal Ajvaz"


BOOK REVIEW

EMPTY STREETS by Michal Ajvaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2016

"A lot of patience is necessary to make sense of this winding narrative, but it's an eventful road."
Ajvaz (Golden Age, 2010, etc.) braids together various histories, stories, motivations, and losses while an unnamed narrator weaves through the streets of Prague.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Partly because the humor here depends mostly on taking the easy way out at every turn, this isn't quite as clever or as funny as the first book; still, the characters are well defined and appealing, while their perky dialogue makes for better-than-average early reading. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
Five more mini-chapters about the marshmallow-soft, flop- earred bunny and the black cat who insinuated herself into her home in Chicago and the Cat (1993). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"In her sunny pen and watercolor illustrations, Koontz provides continuity by setting the action in and around the home of the two children, with their fubsy dog and cat as amusing additional characters. (Picture book. 3-7)"
``Riddle-me/riddle-me-ree,/I see something/you don't see'' begins each of the 13 easily solved riddles in a collection whose cheerful illustrations broadly hint at the answers: ``Round like a plate,/flat as a chip,/holes like eyes,/but can't see a bit'' concludes the riddle facing a picture that focuses on a child buttoning her little brother's shirt; a needle and thread on the text page provides still another clue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICAGO AND THE CAT by Robin Michal Koontz
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"With funny, natural-sounding dialogue and simple but nicely animated illustrations: an unusually appealing early chapter book. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Four brief chapters about a pleasingly plump bunny and the assertive cat who, uninvited, moves in with her one snowy night. ``All I have is lettuce, carrots...no cat food,'' Chicago points out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BE FAMOUS by Michal Shaley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"At least Maurice Sendak's Pierre drew a lesson from his ingestion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the annals of nearsighted narcissism, this pigeon reigns supreme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HUG by David Grossman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2014

"A valuable reminder that individuality, while often celebrated, can be confusing to comprehend and even scarier to preserve—for all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this gentle Israeli import, a little boy worries that because there is no one else exactly like him, he will be lonely. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOUIS THE TIGER WHO CAME FROM THE SEA by Michal Kozlowski
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"An odd but not at all unlikable fable. (Picture book. 3-6) "
Big cat makes a surprise appearance, prompting a brother and sister to come out and play. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRINGING UP GIRLS IN BOHEMIA by Michal Viewegh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

justify yes* Bringing Up Girls In Bohemia ($27.95; paper $12.95; Jan. 15, 1997; 192 pp.; 1-887378-04-9; paper 1-887378-05-7): A brash, ironic look at ``swinging'' Prague today, seen through a writer-teacher's infatuated fixation on his pupil Beata: a willful rich girl whose mercurial temperament and devil-may-care excesses drive her toward self-destruction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NAME by Michal Govrin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"So, despite the intensity of emotional conflicts evoked, a disturbingly detached performance by a writer of no small talent."
First novel by an admired Israeli poet and theater director. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER ABEL AND OTHER STORIES by Michal Lemberger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Original and thought-provoking."
In this debut collection, nine stories shed light on Old Testament women famous, infamous and obscure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC DELIVERY by Clete Barrett Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"An unfortunate misstep from an otherwise solid author. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A middle school con artist finds unexpected possibilities in…magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORDS TO OUTLIVE US by Michal Grynberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"Grim and transfixing documentation of life in hell, providing an indispensable record for historians and making an invaluable addition to the English-language literature of the Holocaust."
An extraordinary collection of diaries, letters, and journals from the Warsaw ghetto. Read full book review >