LUCILLE

The author-illustrator of the amusing Mister Muster books (the last was A Holiday for Mr. Muster, 1963, p. 595, J-197) has created a glum plowhorse, Lucille, who is depressed when she sees herself as a "dull and dirty" creature. The farmer's wife who "drinks tea and listens to the radio" all day, sympathizes with Lucille's wishes, and takes her to town where she transforms the horse, via red shoes, straw hat and white dimity, into a lady. Lucille becomes a house dweller, but soon pines for the comfortable outdoors world. A calamitous tea party at which Lucille nearly destroys a few of the guests, results in a return to the unclad life of a plowhorse as a new contented Lucille. The colorful, spontaneous art work combines with the very simple text — words are repeated but not monotonously — to make a forthright belly-laugher for first year readers.

Pub Date: March 11, 1964

ISBN: 0060239662

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Harper & Row

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1999

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An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some...

RALPH TELLS A STORY

With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer’s block in this engaging debut.

Despite the (sometimes creatively spelled) examples produced by all his classmates and the teacher’s assertion that “Stories are everywhere!” Ralph can’t get past putting his name at the top of his paper. One day, lying under the desk in despair, he remembers finding an inchworm in the park. That’s all he has, though, until his classmates’ questions—“Did it feel squishy?” “Did your mom let you keep it?” “Did you name it?”—open the floodgates for a rousing yarn featuring an interloping toddler, a broad comic turn and a dramatic rescue. Hanlon illustrates the episode with childlike scenes done in transparent colors, featuring friendly-looking children with big smiles and widely spaced button eyes. The narrative text is printed in standard type, but the children’s dialogue is rendered in hand-lettered printing within speech balloons. The episode is enhanced with a page of elementary writing tips and the tantalizing titles of his many subsequent stories (“When I Ate Too Much Spaghetti,” “The Scariest Hamster,” “When the Librarian Yelled Really Loud at Me,” etc.) on the back endpapers.

An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2012

ISBN: 978-0761461807

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2012

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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