An entertaining bedtime story with swashbuckling fun and delightful images.

TREASURE ISLE

A SWASHBUCKLING TALE OF A BOY AND HIS PARROT

With his parrot companion, a boy embarks on an ocean voyage to find buried treasure in this debut picture book.

A red-haired, freckled White boy and his bright yellow parrot board their ship, heading for the tropical island pictured on their treasure map. But with no direction to steer by except the four points of the compass, discovering the right island takes some trial and error. The first isle they spot has mermaids and red crabs; sailing north, they glimpse a snowy island and penguins. A Dragon’s Blood Tree stands on the easterly isle—but there’s no treasure to be found. After a storm, the companions at last spy Treasure Isle, where they dig up a chest packed with jewels and gold. After this marvelous (and imaginary) adventure, it’s time for bed. In her book, Corcoran employs jaunty iambic tetrameter couplets that rhyme well, propelling the adventure along. The four-points structure and repeated phrases like “Land Ahoy!” give the tale the predictability kids like, and unearthing the treasure is a satisfying payoff. Illustrating her fifth children’s book, Lundeen provides wonderfully appealing pictures with funny details, as when the boy snares an old boot while fishing.

An entertaining bedtime story with swashbuckling fun and delightful images.

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Review Posted Online: July 1, 2021

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This story covers the few days preceding the much-anticipated Midnight Zombie Walk, when Stink and company will take to the...

STINK AND THE MIDNIGHT ZOMBIE WALK

From the Stink series

An all-zombie-all-the-time zombiefest, featuring a bunch of grade-school kids, including protagonist Stink and his happy comrades.

This story covers the few days preceding the much-anticipated Midnight Zombie Walk, when Stink and company will take to the streets in the time-honored stiff-armed, stiff-legged fashion. McDonald signals her intent on page one: “Stink and Webster were playing Attack of the Knitting Needle Zombies when Fred Zombie’s eye fell off and rolled across the floor.” The farce is as broad as the Atlantic, with enough spookiness just below the surface to provide the all-important shivers. Accompanied by Reynolds’ drawings—dozens of scene-setting gems with good, creepy living dead—McDonald shapes chapters around zombie motifs: making zombie costumes, eating zombie fare at school, reading zombie books each other to reach the one-million-minutes-of-reading challenge. When the zombie walk happens, it delivers solid zombie awfulness. McDonald’s feel-good tone is deeply encouraging for readers to get up and do this for themselves because it looks like so much darned fun, while the sub-message—that reading grows “strong hearts and minds,” as well as teeth and bones—is enough of a vital interest to the story line to be taken at face value.

Pub Date: March 13, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-7636-5692-8

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Dec. 14, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2012

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A touching, beautifully illustrated story of greatest interest to those in the New York City area.

RED AND LULU

A pair of cardinals is separated and then reunited when their tree home is moved to New York City to serve as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The male cardinal, Red, and his female partner, Lulu, enjoy their home in a huge evergreen tree located in the front yard of a small house in a pleasant neighborhood. When the tree is cut down and hauled away on a truck, Lulu is still inside the tree. Red follows the truck into the city but loses sight of it and gets lost. The birds are reunited when Red finds the tree transformed with colored lights and serving as the Christmas tree in a complex of city buildings. When the tree is removed after Christmas, the birds find a new home in a nearby park. Each following Christmas, the pair visit the new tree erected in the same location. Attractive illustrations effectively handle some difficult challenges of dimension and perspective and create a glowing, magical atmosphere for the snowy Christmas trees. The original owners of the tree are a multiracial family with two children; the father is African-American and the mother is white. The family is in the background in the early pages, reappearing again skating on the rink at Rockefeller Center with their tree in the background.

A touching, beautifully illustrated story of greatest interest to those in the New York City area. (author’s note) (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 19, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-7636-7733-6

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2017

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