Search Results: "Oliver Chin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR OF THE HORSE by Oliver Chin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A one-note ride into an enjoyable Chinese lunar-calendar tradition, this trots instead of gallops. (list of zodiac animals) (Fiction. 4-8)"
The ninth installment from the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac picture-book series offers readers a look into the characteristics of being born in the Year of the Horse. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO MONSTER ISLE by Oliver Chin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2012

"Tropical illustrations and cheerful music are at odds with the scary creatures and sound effects, making for a less-than-cohesive experience. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
An undistinguished story with plodding text and clashing interactions tries to walk the line between humor and horror and doesn't succeed very well at either. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP by Oliver Chin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The Year of the Sheep is cause for celebration, especially for fans of the series. (list of zodiac animals) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this 10th installment from the Tales of the Chinese Zodiac picture-book series, a curious lamb rallies her friends to keep the town from going thirsty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT by Oliver Chin
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

The sixth (of a projected 12) in a series of illustrated tales designed to demonstrate traits characterizing those born under each sign of the Chinese zodiac. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON by Oliver Chin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"For those who want a sugar-coated, didactic Chinese New Year story. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Strong and passionate…idealistic and independent…": These are some of the characteristics of Dragon-Year people in the Chinese Zodiac. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDWOODS by Jason Chin
by Jason Chin, illustrated by Jason Chin
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"An inventive, eye-opening adventure. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Chin introduces the world of old-growth redwood forests to young readers in this effective mix of fiction and nonfiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRAVITY by Jason Chin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2014

"With an elegant, spare text and playful, daring pictures, Chin's latest opus exerts a powerful pull all its own. ('More about Gravity,' bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
After stunning explorations of the Galápagos Islands and California's redwoods, Chin turns literally high-concept for a study of gravity's pull. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Confucius finally gets his due. Chin sticks to the facts as she can discern them and lets the master speak for himself."
A wonderfully streamlined, agenda-free biography of China's greatest intellectual. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOUR SISTERS OF HOFEI by Annping Chin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2002

"A remarkable story of survival amid extraordinary changes."
Meticulously researched story of four sisters, teeming with ideas and characters like an intellectual marketplace as it draws on their lives to illustrate the cultural, social, and political history of 20th-century China. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BURDEN OF ASHES by Justin Chin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Though leavened by salty wit, this frank portrait of lacerating personal circumstances will make some readers marvel that the species survives at all."
Poet and performance artist Chin (Mongrel, not reviewed) chronicles a still-youthful existence lived—at least on the page—as if his hair were on fire. Read full book review >

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BELOW THE LINE by Sara Chin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 1997

"Still, in page-long vignettes before each tale, this first-timer displays her true potential, evoking scenes in a sensitively visual language."
A lackluster debut collection by San Franciscan Chin. Read full book review >