Search Results: "Norbert Wu"


BOOK REVIEW

A CITY UNDER THE SEA by Norbert Wu
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"She has a more compelling narrative, employs larger, more arresting photos, and provides further reading and an index. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-12)"
Wu (Fish Faces, 1993, etc.) describes the special world of the coral reef by day and night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FISH FACES by Norbert Wu
by Norbert Wu, photographed by Norbert Wu
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Remarkably handsome. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-9)"
Celebrating the enormous and colorful variety of ocean life, a marine biologist and underwater photographer groups his splendid color photos by characteristics he points out in a concise text with a verse-like cadence: ``Fish that glide on fins like wings...Spotted fish, dotted fish/Fish with lines and stripes and waves...Red eyes/Green eyes/Great big pretend eyes....'' With snapshot-sized insets superimposed on creatively varied vistas featuring additional specimens and the lush blue or green of the sea itself as an out-of-focus background, his compositions are as interesting for their design as for the fascinating comparisons they present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANTARCTIC ICE by Jim Mastro
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"But buy it for the photos. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
Perhaps because Antarctica is so impossibly cold in winter, most books about it focus on the brief summer there, with the sudden burst of life that it brings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OCEAN IS... by Kathleen W. Kranking
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Many other titles, including Wu's own Fish Faces (1993) capture the undersea world's dazzling swirl of forms and colors—and for the broad view, Seymour Simon's Ocean (1990) is still hard to beat. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
The ocean is certainly more than this abbreviated glance at its flora and fauna implies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRAIN TO LO WU by Jess Row
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"This Whiting Award-winning author has a very bright future."
Set mostly in Hong Kong, seven stories portray dislocated lives: an impressive debut from an admirably protean storyteller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EXPULSION OF SUN WU KONG by Wei Dong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"However they are read, they're terrific adventure stories for anyone willing to climb out from beneath the bed. (character guide, synopsis, thematic essay) (Graphic classic. 8-16)"
The Monkey King comics need to be read as a series. This assertion will surprise anyone who starts with Volume 7, as the story couldn't be more self-contained: The Monkey King fights monsters and wins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

Lucy Wu may only be 4 feet tall, but she has big (and brilliantly on-the-money kidlike) dreams: to play professional basketball for the WNBA and then create a design shop aimed at sports-loving gals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BEAR'S CHRISTMAS by Norbert Landa
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The colorful illustrations feature a winsome blend of tenderness, humor, and keen appreciation for a child's boundless curiosity. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young bear cub, Bertie, decides he wants to stay up for Christmas when his non-hibernating friends regale him with tales of snow, honey cakes, and a white-bearded man with gifts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELLIE IN CONCERT by Mike Wu
by Mike Wu, illustrated by Mike Wu
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers will find a simple plot and compassionate characters balanced with glowing pictures for a satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
First met in Ellie (2015), the eponymous, doe-eyed elephant becomes a champion of the arts as she adds music to her painting skills. Read full book review >

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ELLIE by Mike Wu
by Mike Wu, illustrated by Mike Wu
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Luckily for Ellie and readers alike, it is the pictures that matter. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Walt the zookeeper announces the zoo will be closing for good, all the animals pitch in to save it. But shy Ellie the elephant cannot see how she can help. How can she help save the zoo? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CRACKED RIVER by Norbert Hirschhorn
Released: Aug. 11, 2000

"His focus remains on the rich details of personal experience rather than the abstractions of larger events."
Hirschhorn, a physician who has worked to improve public health in the US and abroad, has been honored by the Clinton White House as one of six "American Health Heroes." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT MONSTER HUNT by Norbert Landa
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Although there is an important lesson to be learned here, this picture book would've benefited from a bit more imagination. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This picture book by veterans Landa and Warnes puts a stale spin on a timeless lesson: There's no use in making a mountain out of molehill, or, in this case, a monster out of a mouse. Read full book review >