A relevant but sometimes awkwardly executed etiquette reminder.

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SHHHH! QUIET MICHAEL

A young boy is repeatedly told to be quiet in Moore’s rhyming debut picture book.

As the book opens, narrator Michael tells readers that he’s about to tell them a story about a name that people call him and hopes “you can help me figure out what this nickname is all about.” He then describes situations in which he was very loud and disruptive. His parents, principal, and teachers all tell him, “Shhh...Quiet, Michael!” He assumes, however, that it’s just an unusual moniker. Then he realizes that “Although the sounds that I made are sometimes fine, I did not make them at the right time.” He goes over moments when he acted inappropriately and explains how he could have been more considerate. The overarching lesson, which highlights respectful behavior, is notable. However, the book is a bit lengthy and could have been pared down without losing its effectiveness. It’s also repetitive, as when Michael unnecessarily reviews events that readers have already witnessed. Debut illustrator Berry’s simple, full-color images are bold and bright, mirroring the tone of the text. They also feature helpful thought bubbles and representations of sounds (such as “Rap! Tap! Tap!”). Michael and his family are shown as dark-skinned, and other characters have a range of skin tones.

A relevant but sometimes awkwardly executed etiquette reminder.

Pub Date: July 17, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-72580-306-0

Page Count: 33

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Nov. 6, 2019

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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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