Search Results: "Sun-Min Kim"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT DAT? by David Horvath
by David Horvath, illustrated by David Horvath, by Sun-Min Kim, illustrated by Sun-Min Kim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Not the Best Riff on a Children's Classic Ever, but good for the occasional chuckle. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A twisted Richard Scarry-esque outing finds the creators' "Uglydoll" figures serving in place of all the cute kitties and puppies and piggies. Read full book review >

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HELLO, NANO by Sun Kim
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 30, 2012

"For so little a subject, such a crushing weight of words. (Nonfiction enhanced e-book. 12 & up)"
A dry, verbose attempt to drum up interest in nanotechnology. Read full book review >

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PAVANE FOR A DEAD PRINCESS by Min-Gyu Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The warmth and romance of this novel will make cynics smile."
Korean writer Park's new novel examines the mysteries of attraction and the falsehoods of beauty. Read full book review >

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RUFFER'S BIRTHDAY PARTY by Soon-jae Shin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"This fails to either ask kids to do the math or truly entertain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl and her talking dog use addition and subtraction to plan a birthday party in this Korean import. Read full book review >

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THE FLYING BIRDS by Eun-sun Han
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"A useful presentation of an important mathematical idea. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An elderly carpenter makes birdhouses that attract the songsters he loves and offer a lesson in the concept of multiplication. Read full book review >

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THE HEN WHO DREAMED SHE COULD FLY by Sun-Mi Hwang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"A subtle morality tale that will appeal to readers of all ages."
Published to great success in Korea, Hwang's short novel is an adroit allegory about life. Read full book review >

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FISHING FOR UNDERSTANDING WITH BAO PHI
by Julie Danielson

Minneapolis-based writer and poet Bao Phi, who has made his way in the world of poetry (he has a poem in 2006 Best American Poetry and is a National Poetry Slam finalist), sees his debut early next month in the world of children’s literature. A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, is an autobiographical picture book, a tender story striking ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A LOVE TO REMEMBER by Sun Eastley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2014

"Other than its lurid sex scenes, a sometimes hard-to-follow read that's easy to forget."
In this novel, a young woman navigates romance and discovers her mother's own murky romantic past. Read full book review >

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EMPRESS ORCHID by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Evocative, but underpowered in simple narrative."
Chinese-born Min's usual meticulous attention to local color (Wild Ginger, 2002, etc.) puts a brake on what should be a riveting tale—the ascent to power of China's last Empress—in a court where beheadings are as frequent as concubines are numerous. Read full book review >

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RED AZALEA by Anchee Min
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A haunting and quietly dramatic coming-of-age story with a cultural cataclysm as its backdrop."
Fascinating memoir of a young Chinese girl during the collapse of the Maoist regime. Read full book review >

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WILD GINGER by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2002

"Fascinating, moving, and marvelously strange: second-novelist Min (Becoming Madame Mao, 2000; a memoir, Red Azalea, 1994) opens the door to a world that is at once terrible and compelling."
A striking story of love and betrayal re-creates the terror and animosities that informed the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s. Read full book review >

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BECOMING MADAME MAO by Anchee Min
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"A remarkable act of historical imagination, but readers are left with more questions than answers."
The author of a wrenching memoir, Red Azalea (1994), turns to fiction and goes back to her native China to explore the story of the woman once known to the world as the `white-boned demon.` Like all girls of her class, Jiang Ching had her feet bound at the age of four. Read full book review >