Search Results: "Reynold Ruffins"


BOOK REVIEW

MISOSO by Verna Aardema
adapted by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Reynold Ruffins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"Read this book once for the stories, twice for the illustrations, and a hundred times just for fun. (Folklore/Stories. 5-10)"

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THE GIFT OF THE CROCODILE by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"The story itself follows a familiar track, even to the lost slipper, but the exotic setting, plus several humorous touches, set it apart from the rest of this year's crowd. (Picture book/folk tale. 6-9)"
A reptilian "fairy godmother" provides more than fine clothing for this Indonesian Cinderella. Read full book review >

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RUNNING THE ROAD TO ABC by Denizé Lauture
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 1996

"A book that's worthy, but wanting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A poetic text charts the experiences of six children as they run through the Haitian countryside (``six days each week, forty weeks each year, for seven years of their short lives'') on their way to and from school. Read full book review >

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KOI AND THE KOLA NUTS by Brian Gleeson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Also available with a cassette, narrated by Whoppi Goldberg. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
When Koi gets only a kola tree as his inheritance, he leaves his village to look for one where a chief's son will be treated with more respect. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"A solid effort, despite moments of implausibility."
A passable imagining of the eighth-century Byzantium, where intransigent Muslims lurked at the outer gates, and sinister doings within the walls kept things interesting. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER

"As an essay, informative; as a novel, occasionally entertaining."
An impassioned case against the Haitian folk belief in zombies and voodoo, inspired by a true story. Read full book review >

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SUBWAY MUSIC by Reynold Joseph Paul Junker
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 29, 2005

"A good-natured tale about a lost world that lies over the Brooklyn Bridge."
A candid, personal look at the geography of memory. Read full book review >

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JESUS IN THE MIST by Paul Ruffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Ruffin shows that 'Southern' does not always have to be paired with 'Gothic' and that 'where families are concerned, things are rarely simple.'"
Remarkable stories of seekers, idealists, visionaries and the occasional racist, written in an authentic Southern idiom. Read full book review >