Search Results: "Yoko Tanaka"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH'S CURSE by Keith McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Extraneous elements, rampant psycho-symbolism and multiple point-of-view switches turn this into a loosely woven grab-bag, but the resolution does provide some satisfaction. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Having narrowly avoided becoming dinner in The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children (2009), sibs Sol and Connie face another folkloric fate in this equally gothic sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLANKET & BEAR, A REMARKABLE PAIR by L.J.R. Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"Despite the touch-and-go artwork, the book can offer copious comfort to children with the suggestion that their closest childhood friends have found second lives elsewhere. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Where do old toys and blankets go? Their own private island, it seems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE MOON, TWO CATS by Laura Godwin
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Overall, though, cat fans will enjoy this sleeping and waking tale that starts and finishes on the end papers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A city cat and a country cat prowl beneath the same dusky moon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCHES GUIDE TO COOKING WITH CHILDREN by Keith McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Yum. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this mordant contemporary remake of "Hansel and Gretel," 11-year-old Sol and his little sister Connie find out the hard way that their next-door neighbor is a centuries-old witch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGICIAN’S ELEPHANT by Kate DiCamillo
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A quieter volume than The Tale of Despereaux (2003) and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006), this has an equal power to haunt readers long past the final page. (Fantasy. 8-13)"
Ten-year-old Peter Augustus Duchene goes to the market for fish and bread but spends it at the fortuneteller's tent instead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD BOY by Laurel Gale
by Laurel Gale, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A stinky, creepy tale for anyone who's ever felt like an outsider. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Crow can't sleep and won't eat. But he's not dead-tired, he's dead—and his taste buds rotted off a long time ago. 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

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 NUTCRACKER MUSICAL STORYBOOK by Yoko Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 16, 2011

"It would be nice to have more control over the pace of the story, but the overall presentation is so spectacular it's worth lingering over. (iPad storybook app. 3-10)"
A stunning iPad adaptation showcases the story behind the popular ballet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A notable collection—to be read not only for its insights into the lives of contemporary Japanese women but for the very good writing here."
Stories by currently noteworthy Japanese women writers, published in the 1980's, and now available for the first time in translation. Read full book review >