Search Results: "Yoko Chapman"


BOOK REVIEW

JULIETTE AND THE SHINY RED BALLOON by Paul  Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Though everything works right, it remains an undistinguished effort. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A simple adventure with a touch of fantasy to share with a very young child. Read full book review >

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MEMORIES OF JOHN LENNON by Yoko Ono
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Largely useless as biography, musical analysis or gossip, this flavorless warm-fuzzy seems like a book Lennon would have shunned. The sort of thing a well meaning grandmother might pick up in an airport gift shop for her little Jeremy, who likes the rock music."
Imagine a John Lennon tribute that doesn't serve as a mild sedative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REVENGE by Yoko Ogawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Well-written."
Ogawa (HotelIris, 2010, etc.) crafts 11 interlocking short stories with eloquent prose that belies the nature of the tales she spins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCESSLAND by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Although not the princess corrective some parents may wish for, the book's little lesson is one worth sharing: what's in the mind's eye is often more lavish and sweet than the real thing could possibly be. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fantasy world of perfect princesses gives a young girl a respite from a bad mood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Zoe's Sidewalk by Tiffany Robinson
Released: Oct. 13, 2013

"Cheerful art and an encouraging story of one girl's hard work leading to real change."
A little girl realizes she can't help her grandmother until she helps her community in this moving debut by Robinson, featuring Matsuoka's fantastic illustrations of a modern African-American family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPARROW GIRL by Sara Pennypacker
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Moving images, such as a double-page spread of dead sparrows falling like 'teardrops' while a weeping Ming-Li cradles a limp bird, send a powerful message that one small person can make a big difference. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
In this sober tale based on Mao Zedong's 1958 edict to eradicate China's sparrows to prevent crop damage, a compassionate little girl follows her heart instead of her Leader. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSEKEEPER AND THE PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2009

"Simple story, well told."
From Japanese author Ogawa (The Diving Pool, 2008), the story of a struggling single mother who takes a job looking after an elderly mathematician with an unusual disability. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOTEL IRIS by Yoko Ogawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2010

"A spare, disquieting fable."
A young Japanese hostess becomes the object of a dangerous man's obsession. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE, VIKING & SCIENTIST by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Waging peace through…science! That this debut is as funny as it is sneakily informative is icing on the cake. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In a clear triumph for the scientific method, a young researcher systematically discovers how to keep his two close friends from punching each other out every time they meet. Read full book review >

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VEGETABLES IN UNDERWEAR by Jared Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Those who are making the transition from diapers are sure to laugh, though it doesn't really stand out from the other books in the underwear drawer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A survey of underwear and opposites is leavened (as if talk of underwear needs to be made funnier) by anthropomorphized veggies. Read full book review >