Dory’s fans will be entertained by this further adventure; an early illustrated spread will quickly draw new readers into...

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DORY DORY BLACK SHEEP

From the Dory Fantasmagory series , Vol. 3

First-grader Dory's imagination exceeds her reading ability, but after a black sheep follows her out of the pages of a book, she decides to work at this new skill.

In a third title in this engaging chapter-book series, Dory (whom her family calls Rascal) describes her struggles with reading. Secretly she envies her new friend, Rosabelle, who reads “big thick chapter books.” She and her reading partner and “old friend,” George, have to read a “babyish farm book.” No wonder they hate reading. But ever inventive Dory concocts a far more interesting story in which a black sheep she names Goblin follows her out of the book, her enemy, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, kidnaps it, and her fairy godmother, Mr. Nuggy, turns Mrs. Gobble Gracker into a whiny kid. Even Rosabelle is entranced. Hanlon’s childlike drawings appear in and around the story and help carry it along to a satisfying conclusion. In seven fast-moving chapters, Dory progresses from reluctant reader to determined learner, with plenty of adventure along the way: visiting Rosabelle in her castle, donning a superhero costume, rescuing Rosabelle’s little brother, and traveling beyond the universe to return the lost sheep to his family.

Dory’s fans will be entertained by this further adventure; an early illustrated spread will quickly draw new readers into Dory’s fantasmagorical worlds. (Fiction. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 20, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-101-99426-9

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: June 28, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2016

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An all-day sugar rush, putting the “fun” back into, er, education.

IF I BUILT A SCHOOL

A young visionary describes his ideal school: “Perfectly planned and impeccably clean. / On a scale, 1 to 10, it’s more like 15!”

In keeping with the self-indulgently fanciful lines of If I Built a Car (2005) and If I Built a House (2012), young Jack outlines in Seussian rhyme a shiny, bright, futuristic facility in which students are swept to open-roofed classes in clear tubes, there are no tests but lots of field trips, and art, music, and science are afterthoughts next to the huge and awesome gym, playground, and lunchroom. A robot and lots of cute puppies (including one in a wheeled cart) greet students at the door, robotically made-to-order lunches range from “PB & jelly to squid, lightly seared,” and the library’s books are all animated popups rather than the “everyday regular” sorts. There are no guards to be seen in the spacious hallways—hardly any adults at all, come to that—and the sparse coed student body features light- and dark-skinned figures in roughly equal numbers, a few with Asian features, and one in a wheelchair. Aside from the lack of restrooms, it seems an idyllic environment—at least for dog-loving children who prefer sports and play over quieter pursuits.

An all-day sugar rush, putting the “fun” back into, er, education. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 13, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-525-55291-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: July 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2019

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Too thin to fly as either tour or tribute but a memorable showcase nonetheless for a talented French paper artist.

MARY POPPINS UP, UP AND AWAY

From the Up, Up and Away series

Silhouettes, both printed and laser-cut, add sparkle to a quick tour of London sites and starry skies conducted by Mary Poppins.

Michael and Jane are thrilled when their nanny (literally) drops in on the end of a kite string, and spit-spot they’re off to see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Piccadilly—followed by an undersea visit and a flight through comet-filled skies to a circus of constellations. As the text, translated without credit from the original French, is confined to a few wooden couplets along the lines of “On Cherry Tree Lane, it’s a nice day to dream… / To walk in the park or to eat an ice cream,” the stars of the show are Druvert’s illustrations. The black, cut pages are designed to be flipped back and forth to fill in printed cityscapes, marine scenes, and speckled firmaments with fine detail. The marvelous intricacy of the cutout fences, ironwork, trees, strands of seaweed, and small human figures leaves those pages too fragile to survive even moderately careless handling intact, but the intensely black overlay (along with a subtle use of gray tones in the backgrounds) creates a sense of depth and, often, an evocative shimmer of light. A large die-cut window in the front cover offers a hint of the visual pleasures within.

Too thin to fly as either tour or tribute but a memorable showcase nonetheless for a talented French paper artist. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-500-65104-9

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Review Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2016

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