Search Results: "Wei Dong Chen"


BOOK REVIEW

BIRTH OF THE STONE MONKEY by Wei Dong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"There may be children in the world who don't wish they were monkeys. This book will change their minds. (character guide, synopsis, thematic essay) (Graphic classic. 8-16)"
All monkeys are beautiful. Not everyone knows this, but the dynamic, textured artwork in this book will convince them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE KINGDOMS by Wei Dong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Still, a sprawling, brawling and, with an effort, immersive epic. (Graphic classic. 11-14)"
An alliance of warlords forms and collapses in this graphic adaptation—the first of 20 volumes—of a renowned 700-year-old Chinese historical novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EXPULSION OF SUN WU KONG by Wei Dong Chen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"However they are read, they're terrific adventure stories for anyone willing to climb out from beneath the bed. (character guide, synopsis, thematic essay) (Graphic classic. 8-16)"
The Monkey King comics need to be read as a series. This assertion will surprise anyone who starts with Volume 7, as the story couldn't be more self-contained: The Monkey King fights monsters and wins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Self-Love by Wei Chen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2016

"An uneven self-help book that still offers a solid starting point for those trying to discover why romantic happiness eludes them."
Meditations on the true nature of love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLADES OF GRASS by Lao She
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Lao She's expert translators have also provided a detailed and informative Postscript that convincingly makes the case for including him among China's greatest modern writers."
paper 0-8248-1803-2 Blades Of Grass ($48.00; $18.95 paper; Oct. 1; 320 pp.; 0-8248-1506-8; paper 0-8248-1803-2) An attractive collection of 15 nicely varied stories, set mostly in China in the 1930s, by the pseudonymous master (1899—1966) who was murdered by Mao's Red Guards, then —rehabilitated— in 1978. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FROG AND THE BOY by Mao Xiao
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Little ones will have fun mimicking the characters without realizing they're learning Chinese at the same time. (glossary) (Bilingual picture book. 3-8)"
Who knew a human boy and a frog could have so much in common? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"A low-calorie taste of a very rich city."
New York journalist Dong offers an engaging but rather lightweight portrayal of the Chinese (and—arguably—European) city of Shanghai, from its days as an opium port in 1842 to the fall of the city to the Communists in 1949. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ASK THE SUN by He Dong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Troubling and thought-provoking work from a fine new talent."
Ask The Sun ($12.95 paperback original; Oct.; 112 pp.; 1-879679- 10-8): An affecting collection of six delicately constructed stories that portray the youth of China in the wake of Mao's (The Sun's) Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCHOOL FOR GHOST GIRLS  by Rebecca  Gómez
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Light, not-at-all scary fun for kids who like their spooky trappings sans terror. (Paranormal adventure. 6-9)"
A trio of best friends fears that their new teacher at Boo Academy isn't a ghost but (oh, the horror) a human! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Difficult, often painful reading, but an unforgettable portrait of a man of sublime courage. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
With the Chinese prison system, as Liu Qing's preface notes, an ``iron curtain behind the iron curtain,'' the publication of letters written from prison by one of the most celebrated and courageous human-rights activists in China is indeed unprecedented. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEIJING KID by Wei Su
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2006

"A haunting childhood remembrance set in China's recent past."
Su recalls the peculiarities of growing up as part of China's one-child generation in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BLIND SPOT FOR BOYS by Justina  Chen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A mostly satisfying 'round-the-world romance. (Romance. 14-18)"
Sixteen-year-old photographer Shana, a secondary character from Chen's previous novel, Return to Me (2013), takes center stage in this stand-alone companion romance. Read full book review >