Search Results: "Arnold Lobel"


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PRINCE BERTRAM THE BAD by Arnold Lobel
Released: March 13, 1963

"Arnold Lobel's hilarious illustrations (two colors) allow for no suppression of giggles among children and adults alike."
A riotous twist on the good-little-prince fairy tales, this tells of an incorrigible member of the royal family who in no uncertain terms was a regular monster. Read full book review >

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Released: April 3, 1978

"And all their foibles, talents, and comical conditions are keynoted with style and assurance in Lobel's solid little figures—as splendid in pastel rags (or, in one case, sprouting grass) as in 18th-century finery."
Lobel delights with his selections as much as his illustrations in these 35 lesserknown folk rhymes, all with human subjects. 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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GRASSHOPPER ON THE ROAD by Arnold Lobel
Released: Oct. 4, 1978

"You can trust Lobel to provide beginning readers with just a little more thought food than meets the eye—while just as gently pleasing the eye with his soft-toned, harmonious illustrations."
A young fellow going down the road and running into a succession of sillies is a common folklore theme, but this isn't just another variation. Read full book review >

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A ZOO FOR MISTER MUSTER by Arnold Lobel
Released: March 14, 1962

"Only when Mister Muster is made Assistant Zoo Keeper do the animals agree to return."
All the animals in the zoo adored Mister Muster, their devoted and favorite visitor. 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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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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FROG AND TOAD ARE FRIENDS by Arnold Lobel
Released: Aug. 1, 1979

"Imperfect friendship or it wouldn't be true—and most perfectly expressed in their faces."
A leggy green frog and a squat green toad do for friendship something of what Little Bear does for kinship. 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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THE ROSE IN MY GARDEN by Arnold Lobel
Released: April 18, 1984

"An old English floral design, in effect, come to exuberant life."
A horticultural House That Jack Built—with the infectiousness of a nursery rhyme, an abundance of child-wise visual detail, a rousing return-to-square-one climax. Read full book review >

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A TREEFUL OF PIGS by Arnold Lobel
Released: April 2, 1979

The lazy farmer thinks he's safe when he promises to help his wife with the farm work "on the day that pigs grow in trees like apples," but she outwits him at this and every turn—and Anita Lobel makes the treeful of happy, apple-chomping, rope-harnessed pigs a properly silly sight. Read full book review >

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LUCILLE by Arnold Lobel
Released: March 11, 1964

"The colorful, spontaneous art work combines with the very simple text — words are repeated but not monotonously — to make a forthright belly-laugher for first year readers."
The author-illustrator of the amusing Mister Muster books (the last was A Holiday for Mr. Muster, 1963, p. 595, J-197) has created a glum plowhorse, Lucille, who is depressed when she sees herself as a "dull and dirty" creature. Read full book review >