Books by Richard Hull

LAURA INGALLS WILDER'S FAIRY POEMS by Laura Ingalls Wilder
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

A slim, pretty volume containing five poems composed by Wilder in 1915 for a newspaper column; a protestation that fairies do indeed exist written in the following year; and a new introduction by Hines (I Remember Laura, 1994, not reviewed). Read full book review >

MY SISTER'S RUSTY BIKE by Jim Aylesworth
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Aylesworth (Wake Up, Little Children, p. 856, etc.) has again teamed up with Hull (his collaborator on The Cat and The Fiddle and More, 1992, etc.) for a wild ride through the country: ``I once rode around America/On my sister's rusty bike./I found some crazy places and/Some folks I think you'll like.'' A visit to Massachusetts yields cats with purple fur, West Virginia features pink pet sheep, Indiana has blue-spotted cows, and Oklahoma has a horse who loves TV. Read full book review >

MUMMIES, DINOSAURS, MOON ROCKS by James Jespersen
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Subtitling their work ``How We Know How Old Things Are,'' the authors write with enthusiasm and include up-to-date information about ``many ways of finding the age of objects ranging from the relatively young—like pottery and old musical instruments—to fossils and the earth itself.'' Each method is put in the context of current and evolving scientific puzzles that will appeal to young readers: Methods include Carbon 14 dating, thermoluminescence, potassium-argon dating, dendrochronology, analysis of DNA, etc. Examples are wide ranging and intriguing, e.g., where did Columbus land that Christmas of 1492 and establish La Navidad? Read full book review >

SAD UNDERWEAR AND OTHER COMPLICATIONS by Judith Viorst
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1995

Viorst has long been known for the kind of verse that reaches even those who never read poetry. Read full book review >

ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1994

The well-known humorist uses a reverse alphabet to explore, and rail about, the idiosyncracies of English (``Y is for YEW and for YOU,/But it isn't for USING''), touching on the vagaries of homonyms and spelling, slipping in rhymes after teasing the ear by seeming to withhold them, and engaging in other wordplay (``J is for JEWEL but not GEM./It cannot be for GENIUS,/But can be for JERK''). Read full book review >

THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE AND MORE by Jim Aylesworth
POETRY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Hull's imaginative illustrations (his first) join ebulliently in the fun; in a decorative, flat style, similar to stencils, they set the ridiculous situations among enough zany extra characters so that the pictures also work as puzzles. Good fun. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Beginning with the familiar rhyme, Aylesworth adds a dozen or so similar verses, all equally silly: ``Hey gravy gravy!/The ram joined the navy,/The skunk sprayed French perfume;/The little hen laughed/To see such sport,/And the mop ran away with the broom.'' None has the mystery or simplicity of the original, but kids will enjoy chuckling over them and will want to make up their own—an activity that'll lure them into examining the verse's form and logic. Read full book review >