Search Results: "Monica Ali"


BOOK REVIEW

IN THE KITCHEN by Monica Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Flawed but still impressive, the work of a fearless writer determined to challenge herself."
The turbulent, multicultural London backdrop is the same, but the dutiful Muslim wife in transition, who drove the action of Ali's brilliant debut (Brick Lane, 2003, etc.), has been replaced by a very different kind of protagonist: a talented chef in midlife crisis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRICK LANE by Monica Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Newcomer Ali was born in Bangladesh and raised in England, where Brick Lane has been acclaimed, and rightly so: she is one of those dangerous writers who sees everything."
Everyday life requires courage. That simple truth is the foundation of this fine debut about a young Bangladeshi woman in London, struggling to make sense of home, family, Islam, and even adultery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNTOLD STORY by Monica Ali
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2011

"Despite the bold premise, this gifted writer has, uncharacteristically, settled for less."
Princess Di is alive and well and living incognito in an ordinary American town in this buzzy fourth novel from the British Ali (In the Kitchen, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALENTEJO BLUE by Monica Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2006

"The drastic change of scene, though maybe necessary for artistic growth, has left Ali oddly adrift."
The British Ali follows her stunning debut (Brick Lane, 2003) with these linked stories set in a Portuguese village. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

BEHIND THE MASKS
by Leila Roy

Flannery O’Connor, my favorite author: That’s who I need right now. Flannery would take me away from here and deposit me into her fictitious world crawling with self-righteous saints and larger-than-life misfits. And I’d feel okay there because Flannery took care of things. Justice got served.
Saints and Misfits, by S.K. Ali

Janna Yusuf has had a long-time ...


Read the full post >

BOOK REVIEW

OTTO: THE STORY OF A MIRROR by Ali Bahrampour
ADVENTURE
Released: May 14, 2003

"They'll root for bandy-legged Otto in his yellow-banded derby and giggle over the zany details in the soft-toned watercolor-and-ink drawings. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Otto is bored with his job as a mirror who works at Topper's Hat Store reflecting the customers as they try on hats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEVER CHAMELEON by Ali Lodge
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"An asset in any collection, story-timers will clamor to find the title character in each double-page spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The jungle animals, including walking stick, chameleon, parrot, lion, leopard, elephant, crocodile and giraffe, decide to play hide and seek. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG FEARS by Monica Arnaldo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Other than the opportunity to commiserate with the children in these pages (while, one hopes, not picking up any new fears along the way), there is little for kids to take away from this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Arnaldo explores some of the fears young children experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLORS FOR ZENA by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"Chipper and cartoony, but not fertile enough to tempt children to actually try mixing colors themselves. (color definitions, recommended activities) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This introduction to colors and color mixing is cheerful but antiseptic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIZZA AT SALLY’S by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good pizza is tailor made to bring out a smile, and Wellington gets that zestful pleasure just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wellington likes to write and draw people at work: bakers, firefighters, farmers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT HOUSE, BRIGHT HOUSE by Monica Wellington
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"To rave about typefaces and graphically tidy borders would detract from the original and compelling content. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a cavalcade of interior scenes and columns of precise rhymes, Wellington (Night Rabbits, 1995, etc.) once again finds that the wee hours are not so quiet for scampering nocturnal animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRÊPES BY SUZETTE by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"C'est bon for classroom use; comme ci, comme ca for art appreciation. (notes on the scenes and referenced paintings) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The title and cover set the stage, mood, and ambiance in this tour and homage to Paris, crêpes, and paintings. Read full book review >