Search Results: "Yan Nascimbene"


BOOK REVIEW

OCEAN DEEP by Yan Nascimbene
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The typeface, though attractive, is a small size that makes this better for read-aloud sessions than reading alone; the story, long for a picture book, but deeply felt, is ripe for the interpretation of children. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A child's feelings of loneliness and isolation are eventually replaced with a longing for adventure in a mysterious book from Nascimbene (A Day in September, 1995, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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FIRST GRADE JITTERS by Robert Quackenbush
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Nascimbene places Tintin-esque characters against gorgeous, Japanese print-inspired backgrounds in a muted palette, the delicate lines and flat perspectives providing a soothing environment to calm jitters of all kinds. (Picture book. 5-7)"
"School doesn't worry me," confides this little boy. Read full book review >

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YUKI AND THE ONE THOUSAND CARRIERS by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"An excellent introduction to the art of haiku and the world of old Japan. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Yuki's father, a provincial governor, has been summoned from Kyoto to Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Read full book review >

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CROUCHING TIGER by Ying Chang Compestine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A celebration of family and Chinese New Year along with a simple introduction to Wudang martial arts, especially tai chi—and to the idea that strength can be gentle. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Discipline and warmth bring a child and his Chinese grandfather closer together. Read full book review >

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EIGHT DOLPHINS OF KATRINA by Janet Wyman Coleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"During a time of so much destruction, these eight dolphins became a symbol—they banded together and found their way home, just like the human residents of the Gulf Coast. (sources) (Informational picture book. 6-9) "
A spark of hope in the wake of a devastating natural disaster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HACHIKO by Pamela S. Turner
ANIMALS
Released: May 25, 2004

"An interesting two-page author's note provides additional background on Hachiko's story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Hachiko was a real dog who lived in Tokyo from 1923 to 1935. Read full book review >

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THE EXPLOSION CHRONICLES by Yan Lianke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Overly broad but brilliant."
Yan (The Four Books, 2015, etc.) returns with renewed vigor to the job of lampooning communist orthodoxy, capitalist ambition, and "contemporary China's incomprehensible absurdity." Read full book review >

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THE GARLIC BALLADS by Mo Yan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"An affecting vindication of the human spirit under extreme duress—from a writer of tremendous power and sympathy."
An epic tale, banned in China, that tells of ordinary lives brutally destroyed by greed—official and familial. Read full book review >

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THE BANQUET BUG by Geling Yan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2006

"A meandering moral journey conveyed through charming characters and surprising events."
Chinese-born Yan (The Lost Daughter of Happiness, 2001), now living in the U.S. and writing in English, wonderfully imagines the easy-come, easy-go life of an unemployed Beijing factory worker passing for a journalist. Read full book review >

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RED SORGHUM by Mo Yan
Released: April 1, 1993

"A notable new arrival."
A powerful new voice on the brutal unrest of rural China in the late 20's and 30's. Read full book review >

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LIFE AND DEATH ARE WEARING ME OUT by Mo Yan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2008

"The recent Nobel awarded to Gao Xingjian may have ousted Mo Yan from the top level of contenders. If so, the selection committee may have to be 're-educated.' He's one hell of a writer."
Epic black comedy from the inventive Chinese author (Big Breasts and Wide Hips, 2004, etc.) frequently mentioned as a leading Nobel Prize contender. Read full book review >