Search Results: "Alison Bartlett"


BOOK REVIEW

CAT AMONG THE CABBAGES by Alison  Bartlett
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"With a persistent momentum and punctuated by flaps that add mystery and drama, this is robust preschooler fare; the yarn-bright explosions of color in the illustrations only add to the frolic. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This fold-out book—from the illustrator of Vivian French's Oliver's Vegetables (1995)—is notable for a number of reasons, not the least for its gorgeous, color-drenched illustrations. Read full book review >

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ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

T. REX by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"That's an energizing idea for young dinosaur fans. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Representing all children who must know everything about T. rex, a lad grills his granddad as they take in a dinosaur show at the museum: "How were his teeth, his terrible teeth? / Were they sharp? Read full book review >

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OVER IN THE GRASSLANDS by Anna Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A melodious and edifying addition to the genre. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The familiar childhood song of "Over in the Meadow" receives a makeover in a lush new setting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALISON RULES by Catherine Clark
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Several cuts above the standard teen-weepie. (Fiction. YA)"
The Alison Rules are never specifically codified as such, but they are all based on one organizing premise: to keep Alison from moving beyond her mother's death from cancer the previous summer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A STORY FOR HIPPO by Simon Puttock
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"While straightforward in approach, the message is an important one: when Monkey tells A Story for Hippo, it becomes a story for everyone. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After his best friend dies, Monkey learns from Little Chameleon how to remember his beloved Hippo "happily ever after." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER'S FRUIT SALAD by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Bartlett's artwork is as lush and electric as ever, demonstrating in the selection of fruit an act akin to picking jewels. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Oliver, who didn't like vegetables in French and Bartlett's Oliver's Vegetables (1995), returns to express his opinions on fruit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARTLETT AND THE ICE VOYAGE by Odo Hirsch
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Small, delicately detailed illustrations reflect the episode's light tone. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In this tongue-in-cheek quest tale, Hirsch (Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman, 2001) suggests that imperious Queens and intrepid Explorers both might have a thing or two to learn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER’S MILK SHAKE by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Big moon heads, paint-box bright colors, a somewhat child-like smeary gouache medium, and a feather-light story will grab and hold the attention of the youngest readers and surely inspire a trip to a farm. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This fine third Oliver title from French and Bartlett (Oliver's Fruit Salad, 1998, etc.) again takes up the themes of exploration and good times in the world of food. Read full book review >

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OLIVER'S VEGETABLES by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Generous and nourishing fare. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Oliver likes french fries, pretty much to the exclusion of all other food. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DROWNING OF ALISON ALYWARD by Genevieve Lyons
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Veteran Lyons (Green Years, 1989, etc.) turns in a performance as low-key, neatly written, and steadily entertaining as ever."
Mark Dangerfield, antique-book dealer and sometime detective in Maggie Thatcher's London, is asked by socialite Wendy Cadbury, a friend of his mother's, to investigate the drowning death of her young friend Alison Alyward, officially a suicide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARTLETT AND THE CITY OF FLAMES by Odo Hirsch
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Illustrated with frequent, diminutive ink-and-wash vignettes and well-stocked with characters foolish or wise—or interesting combinations of the two—this leisurely but engaging import will please fans of faintly offbeat adventure tales. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The trio of intrepid explorers introduced in Bartlett and the Ice Voyage (2003) again deploys generous measures of ingenuity, perseverance, and desperation in pursuit of a seemingly impossible task. Read full book review >