OH, CRUMPS!/¡AY CARAMBA!

Beautiful illustrations—humorous, busy, matte-surfaced, revealing the canvas texture of the original acrylic paintings—highlight this twisting account of a farmer’s attempt to get a good night’s sleep. Before he can nod off, the young goats start bleating after having been left out. When farmer Felandro goes out to pen them up, he accidentally wakes the dogs, which wait until he returns to bed to begin howling. Each attempt to get some peace and quiet creates another reason for noise, providing children with a series of pleasurable instances of repetition and predictability. Besides the humor provoked by Felandro’s grumbling, children will also enjoy the way he continually confuses tomorrow’s tasks as he tries to settle down—does he milk the cow or the silo? Does he mow the hay or the fence? Both Spanish and English texts flow smoothly and may even introduce a few unfamiliar farm terms to some readers. Midgett’s illustrations are reminiscent of Joe Cepeda’s rowdy, good-humored style and serve to prove useful at story time and in farm units for primary-grade students. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 1, 2003

ISBN: 0-9720192-4-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Raven Tree Press

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2003

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A DOG NAMED SAM

A book that will make young dog-owners smile in recognition and confirm dogless readers' worst suspicions about the mayhem caused by pets, even winsome ones. Sam, who bears passing resemblance to an affable golden retriever, is praised for fetching the family newspaper, and goes on to fetch every other newspaper on the block. In the next story, only the children love Sam's swimming; he is yelled at by lifeguards and fishermen alike when he splashes through every watering hole he can find. Finally, there is woe to the entire family when Sam is bored and lonely for one long night. Boland has an essential message, captured in both both story and illustrations of this Easy-to-Read: Kids and dogs belong together, especially when it's a fun-loving canine like Sam. An appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-8037-1530-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1996

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THE GIRL WHO LOVED WILD HORSES

            There are many parallel legends – the seal women, for example, with their strange sad longings – but none is more direct than this American Indian story of a girl who is carried away in a horses’ stampede…to ride thenceforth by the side of a beautiful stallion who leads the wild horses.  The girl had always loved horses, and seemed to understand them “in a special way”; a year after her disappearance her people find her riding beside the stallion, calf in tow, and take her home despite his strong resistance.  But she is unhappy and returns to the stallion; after that, a beautiful mare is seen riding always beside him.  Goble tells the story soberly, allowing it to settle, to find its own level.  The illustrations are in the familiar striking Goble style, but softened out here and there with masses of flowers and foliage – suitable perhaps for the switch in subject matter from war to love, but we miss the spanking clean design of Custer’s Last Battle and The Fetterman Fight.          6-7

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1978

ISBN: 0689845049

Page Count: -

Publisher: Bradbury

Review Posted Online: April 26, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1978

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