Search Results: "Stéphane Poulin"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE ZIZI by Thierry Lenain
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Not a comfortable topic, at least in this country, but the frankness and humor with which author and illustrator address it will draw a (wait for it) swelling audience. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Poking its way across the border more than ten years after its first exposure in Canada, this wry twist on the Penile Code provides direct reassurance to worried readers (of the male persuasion, at least) that Size Doesn't Matter. Read full book review >

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EARTH TO AUDREY by Susan Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A sweet celebration of summer, of pleasantly unpredictable new friends and of the pleasures of taking fresh looks at everyday things. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Catching sight of his summer neighbor sticking her face into a stream, a lad decides that she must be a space alien, and hastens to make her acquaintance. Read full book review >

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THE OUTSPOKEN PRINCESS AND THE GENTLE KNIGHT by Jack Zipes
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"A few worthwhile contributions in a generally worthless book. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selections) (Stories/Fiction. All ages)"
A not all that timely collection of fairy tales from editor Zipes (Victorian Fairy Tales, 1987, etc.), written between 1951 and 1992, the bulk of which are unsuccessful Thurber-like attempts. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS EVE MAGIC by Lucie Papineau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This simplified interpretation of the Dickensian tale may help children understand the plot structure before seeing a performance of the play, but otherwise there's little magic here. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Barton is an unhappy porcine version of Scrooge in this story that parallels the plot of A Christmas Carol, but on a simpler level and with an all-animal cast. Read full book review >

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THE KING'S GIRAFFE by Mary Jo Collier
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Nancy Milton's The Giraffe That Walked To Paris (1992) commemorates the same incident; while she, too, employs invented dialogue, the Colliers's first collaboration is a somewhat longer, more elaborately illustrated account. (Picture book. 8-10)"
In 1826, searching for a suitable gift for the king of France, Egypt's pasha happily seizes on the suggestion of a stable boy, Abdul, that he send his giraffe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCISSORS by Stéphane Michaka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Daring and impressive."
Loosely based on the life of Raymond Carver, this book is more than a love triangle—it's a love polygon?—of a writer, his work, his editor, his significant other and alcohol. Read full book review >

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BETTY BUNNY WANTS A GOAL by Michael B. Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"Betty fails to score with this underinflated effort. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Betty Bunny returns for a fourth entry in this successful series, focusing this time on scoring a goal for her soccer team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"A well-crafted introduction to an alternative aspect of the holiday with room for discussion. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A common practice for many Jews at the time of the New Year is to perform the very public ceremony of Tashlich, or "casting off" of sins, with a symbolic throwing of bread crumbs into a body of water (stream, river, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Nevertheless, this is a welcome and necessary essay in provocation—a lively, readable hornet-stirring in defense of free expression."
The late Charlie Hebdo editor, murdered two days after completing this book, speaks about self-censorship, oppression, and religious zealotry.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DISASTER FALLS by Stéphane Gerson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An unflinchingly honest, moving memoir of loss and recovery."
How the author and his family overcame the loss of a child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PABLO FINDS A TREASURE by Andrée Poulin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Poverty is difficult to grasp if one is not living it; this story may help nurture empathetic future generations. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A young boy must salvage recyclable material from a mountain of trash in order to earn money for his family. Read full book review >