BARNEY THE BEARD

In the town of Conn in the County of Cork there lived two bakers and both were named Barney. So, to tell them apart, the townspeople called the one Barney the Baker and the other Barney the Beard." The trouble is that old Barney the Baker would rather fish than bake, and the talented young Barney the Beard covets his title. Shaving off his beard however only earns him the name Barney the Bush, and when he then shaves his head too he's called Barney the Bald. Only after he has shut up his shop in a funk is his problem resolved, with a limousined official arriving to award the young man (now Barney the Bristle as his hair is growing back) first prize for the Carrick Castle cake competition and the title of Barney the Master Baker. A fluffy diversion, light as those drop biscuits Barney has to weigh down to keep them from floating away.

Pub Date: March 1, 1975

ISBN: 0723221022

Page Count: 41

Publisher: Parents Magazine Press

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1975

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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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