Search Results: "Stephanie Wada"


BOOK REVIEW

MOMOTARO AND THE ISLAND OF OGRES by Stephanie Wada
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Lends itself wonderfully to reading aloud, too. (Picture book/folktale. 5-10)"
An exquisite scroll, painted in the early 18th century and now in the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library, illustrates the story of Momotaro, the Peach Boy, retold equally exquisitely by a curator of Japanese art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPER BUNNY by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Underwhelming. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Super Bunny wields a pink gun and wears a cape and mask as he sniffs out villains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUIET PIRATE by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"Beleaguered introverts may give a hearty cheer, but neither the art nor the writing is particularly seaworthy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Even if the meek don't end up inheriting the Earth, sometimes they can bag a pirate ship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOY FAIRY by Stephanie Thatcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A fairy tale that's more morality than magic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What to do when a boy won't clean his room? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE FOX IN THE FOREST by Stephanie Graegin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A wordless picture book that makes a great read. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small child, a fox, and the deep forest: not a grim tale at all but rather a magical journey culminating in an act of mutual kindness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW BABY! by Stephanie Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"It's a well-worn theme, and takes with less risky coping strategies abound, from Kevin Henkes' Julius, the Baby of the World (1991) on. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Young Simon is stunned to learn that his parents aren't planning to send his new little brother back to the hospital. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DEAL'S A DEAL by Stephanie Blake
ANIMALS
Released: July 26, 2011

"While Blake's vibrantly colored, childlike pictures are appealing, the text lacks a certain je ne sais quois. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Blake follows her first picture book about Simon the Super Rabbit, I Don't Want to Go to School (2009), with a disappointingly underdeveloped story about two friends and their toys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE by Stephanie Tromly
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite some flaws, an offbeat and entertaining caper. (Mystery. 13-18)"
A jaded teen's life takes an exciting turn after a new friend ropes her into his investigation of a local kidnapping. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDEOUS LOVE by Stephanie Hemphill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A bleak but riveting portrait of the artist as a young woman. (author's note, biographical notes, Shelley bibliography, suggested reading) (Poetry. 13 & up.)"
A fictionalized verse biography of the tortured genius behind Frankenstein. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KAT, INCORRIGIBLE by Stephanie Burgis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 5, 2011

"Enjoyable mayhem ensues. (Historical fantasy. 10 & up)"
Romance, humor and magic mark this brisk debut novel, the first of a trilogy set in an alternative Regency England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY
Released: March 13, 2007

"A must for any young-adult reader of poetry or Plath. (Fiction/poetry. 12+)"
Perhaps at this literary juncture, where novelists supply bibliographies for their fiction and memoirists fictionalize to liberate certain "truths" and dramatize their memories, a "verse portrait" seems entirely in order. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELVIS & OLIVE: SUPER DETECTIVES by Stephanie Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Fresh and affecting. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this sweetly compassionate sequel to Elvis & Olive (2009), Natalie (perceptive, artistic, steadfast; code-named Olive) and Annie (impulsive, imaginative, insightful; code-named Elvis) continue their mismatched, charmingly complementary friendship. Read full book review >