Search Results: "Arnold Lobel"


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ON THE DAY PETER STUYVESANT SAILED INTO TOWN by Arnold Lobel
Released: Oct. 13, 1971

"Droll, too."
Puffed-up, peg-legged, hawk-nosed Peter Stuyvesant, a feather in his wide-brimmed hat, a buckle on his boot, could be the Captain of the Pinafore the way he self-asserts: he makes a great, grand entrance and Lobel makes it rhyme. Read full book review >

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FABLES by Arnold Lobel
Released: Aug. 20, 1980

"All of which serves to confirm Lobel's moral for his story of 'The Frogs at the Rainbow's End': 'The highest hopes may lead to the greatest disappointments."
One might expect that the creator of Frog and Toad could, if he chose, give us fables with some subtlety and psychological depth. Read full book review >

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THE TURNAROUND WIND by Arnold Lobel
Released: July 1, 1988

"The mastery of color and design is recognizably Lobel's, and larger collections will certainly want to include this example; but, sadly, children will find it puzzling and somber in tone."
First cataloguing a series of characters in 20 vignettes, most depicting pairs (an organ grinder and his monkey; the mayor and his wife)—although there are other special relationships (an artist with his paints; a thief looking for things to steal)—Lobel then includes the lot in a single double-spread where the dark, angry-looking wind rushes in to blow everyone awry. Read full book review >

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UNCLE ELEPHANT by Arnold Lobel
Released: Sept. 9, 1981

"A model uncle and a warming relationship, projected with a resonance that invites dwelling on, and re-reading."
Uncle Elephant has "more wrinkles than a tree has leaves" (or, as he goes on, than a beach has sand or the sky Stars), and he "feels the creaks" when out walking. Read full book review >

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GIANT JOHN by Arnold Lobel
Released: Aug. 1, 1964

"Big, happy pictures all in three colors and an easy story to show, tell and laugh at."
Arnold Lobel's Giant John has good-natured, not-too-bright features and a lumsy gentleness nice to find in a giant. Read full book review >

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FROG AND TOAD ALL YEAR by Arnold Lobel
Released: Aug. 1, 1976

"We miss some of the resonant psychological heft of this pair's previous experiences, but Frog and Toad can still transform the most ordinary seasonal activities into celebrations."
Lobel's peerless, though much imitated, animal comrades do a little borrowing of their own here when Frog goes around the corner to look for spring, recalling Clifton's Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring (1973); in this case we can't consider Lobel's more conventional rustic setting an improvement, but Frog does make the search his own. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF PIGERICKS by Arnold Lobel
Released: May 1, 1983

"For Lobel, a silk purse would be child's play."
Inventing 38 fresh limericks is a feat in itself, with not a dud in the lot and more than a fair share of hilarity; and these are held together by a delightful cast of sumptuously dressed pigs and illustrated with Lobel's special blend of delectable, decorous absurdity. Read full book review >

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MING LO MOVES THE MOUNTAIN by Arnold Lobel
Released: April 12, 1982

"The anecdote doesn't make you laugh like an earthier, folk-type silly tale would, but there's a nice touch of drollery, in keeping with the straight-faced telling, in Lobel's depiction of the wise man, who becomes more languid with each visit, and more encased in a smokescreen of swirls from his own pipe."
A noodle story with an Oriental setting, this is something like the old joke about Mohammed going to the mountain. Read full book review >

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MOUSE TALES by Arnold Lobel
illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Released: Sept. 27, 1972

"Once again Lobel demonstrates that a beginning reader can be gentle in humor, resourceful with limited vocabulary, and even subtle in simplicity."
In quietly animated pink-toned pictures and resonantly simple words, Papa mouse puts his seven sons to sleep with seven bedtime stories. Read full book review >

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MOUSE SOUP by Arnold Lobel
illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Released: March 1, 1977

"Small but satisfying, and all informed with Lobel's own gentle resonance."
'Ah!' said the weasel. 'I am going to make mouse soup.' 'Oh!' said the mouse. 'I am going to be mouse soup.'" But wait—"Mouse soup must be mixed with stories to make it taste really good," he announces from the pot. Read full book review >

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FROG AND TOAD TOGETHER by Arnold Lobel
Released: April 26, 1972

"Toad's alarm at this point and his relief on waking up to find that Frog is still there and 'his own right size' ends the beautifully handled episode on a note of enlarged affirmation."
Five more wise and wonderful stories to reaffirm the happy truth that Frog and Toad Are Friends. Read full book review >

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OWL AT HOME by Arnold Lobel
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Arnold Lobel
Released: Oct. 1, 1975

"Nor will readers, for to add to the solo cast would clearly shatter the poignant perfection of Owl alone."
What seems at first to be the winter of Owl's discontent proves in the end, like all true melancholy, to have its sweet and ultimately contenting facets. Read full book review >