With clarity and deep affection, Yaccarino turns his family history into a story of enduring charm. Read full book review >
This second early biography of Cousteau in a year echoes Jennifer Berne's Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (2008), illustrated by Eric Puybaret, in offering visuals that are more fanciful than informational, but also complements it with a focus less on the early life of the explorer and eco-activist than on his later inventions and achievements. Read full book review >
A blustering, self-infatuated lion takes his lumps and gains a crack at redemption in Yaccarino's (An Octopus Followed
Me Home, 1997, etc.) latest offering.
The Lord of the Jungle is busy lording over it all: the monkeys fan him, the elephants provide shade, the leopards fetch
his food, and the gorillas tend to his mane—or else he will eat them. Read full book review >
Yaccarino (If I Had a Robot, 1996, etc.) personifies the night sky as a starlit man in a bowler hat who brushes past the trees, closing flowers and calming seas in preparation for the arrival of night and a young boy's bedtime. Mr. Night closes the boy's eyes and whispers dreams; as the sun comes up, he grows tired, ``lies down just over the hill and drifts off to sleep.'' Simple forms and Matisse-like colors match the innocence of the story, told in a series of simple lines. Read full book review >
A familiar litany of complaints about an older sibling: Mike, who wanted Mom to take his new little brother back after he was born, hogs toys and ``when we play `rescue,' I'm always the victim.'' Still, there have been nicer times, such as ``the morning he helped me bury my hamster when it died''; he even stayed friendly and sympathetic all day. Read full book review >