This mischievous bit of topsy-turvy is a thoroughgoing delight.

THE WOLF WILL NOT COME

In a bedside conversation originally published in French, a bunny frets about a wolf’s coming while Mom tallies all the obstacles that will keep it away.

Badel’s loose, humorous cartoons extend Ouyessad’s all-dialogue exchange with opposing tongue-in-cheek scenes of two very long-eared rabbits—one huddled anxiously beneath the sheets, the other puttering about the cozy bedroom—on verso and a feral-looking wolf on recto. The latter can be seen evading hunters blasting away at random, sneaking into the city by pretending to be just a large dog, adroitly avoiding traffic, creeping into a certain building…but “he would not get to our apartment.” “How can you be sure?” “We live on the fifth floor, and wolves do not know how to take the elevator!” “Mom! Do you really think that a wolf who has already managed to do all this will stop because of an elevator?” Finally a firm “Goodnight, my rabbit,” would seem to settle the matter…until there comes a knock at the door followed by the revelation that it was all a setup; the little bunny hurtles across a living room where a birthday party has plainly just taken place, throws open the door, and gives the gift-bearing wolf standing there a mighty hug: “I was sure you would come!” Young audiences sure that the young bunny was about to become a menu item will happily request repeat readings.

This mischievous bit of topsy-turvy is a thoroughgoing delight. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-7643-5780-0

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Schiffer

Review Posted Online: June 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2019

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Very young gardeners will need more information, but for certain picky eaters, the suggested strategy just might work.

SYLVIA'S SPINACH

A young spinach hater becomes a spinach lover after she has to grow her own in a class garden.

Unable to trade away the seed packet she gets from her teacher for tomatoes, cukes or anything else more palatable, Sylvia reluctantly plants and nurtures a pot of the despised veggie then transplants it outside in early spring. By the end of school, only the plot’s lettuce, radishes and spinach are actually ready to eat (talk about a badly designed class project!)—and Sylvia, once she nerves herself to take a nibble, discovers that the stuff is “not bad.” She brings home an armful and enjoys it from then on in every dish: “And that was the summer Sylvia Spivens said yes to spinach.” Raff uses unlined brushwork to give her simple cartoon illustrations a pleasantly freehand, airy look, and though Pryor skips over the (literally, for spinach) gritty details in both the story and an afterword, she does cover gardening basics in a simple and encouraging way.

Very young gardeners will need more information, but for certain picky eaters, the suggested strategy just might work. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Nov. 6, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-9836615-1-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Readers to Eaters

Review Posted Online: Sept. 26, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2012

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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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