Search Results: "Shirley Russak Wachtel"


BOOK REVIEW

MY MOTHER'S SHOES by Shirley Russak Wachtel
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"An evocative, moveable feast plumbing past and present with equal grace."
Poet and children's author Wachtel views her mother's remarkable life, first recounted in The Story of Blima: A Holocaust Survivor (2005), through a creative new lens. Read full book review >

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THE MUSIC MAKERS by Shirley Russak Wachtel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2014

"A touching study rich with introspection and finely crafted relationships."
In Wachtel's (My Mother's Shoes, 2011, etc.) novel, suffering crosses generations, from a teenager in anguished love to an enfeebled survivor of Auschwitz. Read full book review >

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THE GATES by Chuck Wachtel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A meandering slice of one nice guy's life. (Author tour)"
Wachtel (Joe the Engineer, 1983) invigorates a story of vague angst with a cast of warm characters. Read full book review >

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WHAT HAPPENS TO ME by Chuck Wachtel
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A lucid and careful collection whose charm lies in the modesty of its claims."
Early on in this collection of short fiction and poetry, Wachtel sounds the keynote for what will follow: "What thing is too specific / to sing about or, simply / to recall." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 1999

"Thoughtful and sophisticated reading for anyone with more than a casual interest in race."
Some remedies for a racial stalemate. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE WE ARE HERE by Chuck Wachtel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Moments of interest, but not much more."
Slices of working-class life from Wachtel (The Gates, 1994; Joe the Engineer, 1983), offered in a strange hodgepodge of stories, vignettes, novellas, and fantasies. Read full book review >

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ELLA’S BIG CHANCE by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Hughes has added shimmer to her familiar pen-and-gouache style and elegantly fashioned a delightful, revisionist fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few illustrators could so stylishly dress up the tale of Cinderella with the dash and glitter of the roaring '20s as Hughes has done here with aplomb. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ALFIE OUT OF DOORS STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Mom'' and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Young reader/Picture book. 3-8)"
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock (``Bonting'') that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing ``him'' at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). Read full book review >

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DAISY SAVES THE DAY by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"An impressive and delightful combination of visual and verbal storytelling evokes empathy and identification with the young heroine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A girl's time "in service" in a London house offers young readers a glimpse of life below-stairs in 1911. Read full book review >

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BOBBO GOES TO SCHOOL by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Another satisfying domestic drama from veteran author Hughes, this will please old fans and make new ones. (Picture book. 3 to 6)"
The plot is a familiar one: A young child and her favorite stuffed friend are separated and then joyously reunited. Read full book review >

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ANNIE ROSE IS MY LITTLE SISTER by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Conveying a warm feeling of domestic harmony, and modeling an ideal but not unrealistic closeness, this will please fans of Frieda Wishinsky's Oonga Boonga (reissued 1998, with illus by Carol Thompson), Marc Brown's tales of Arthur and D.W., and the like. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With a mixture of pride, affection, and just an occasional saving flash of irritation, Alfie rattles on about his relationship with his adorable, adoring, younger sibling. Read full book review >

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HIDING by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Charming and enriching. (Picture book. 2-6)"
As she did in Bouncing and Giving (both 1993), Hughes explores and extends what initially looks like a simple concept: At first, a child plays peekaboo with a toddler who's gazing raptly at the cushion from behind which she declares ``You can't see me''; then they play hide-and-seek, in which the place of concealment is a secret. Read full book review >