Search Results: "Babette Cole"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BAD GOOD MANNERS BOOK by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"1958) and the much more recent lessons of Caralyn and Mark Buehner's It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel (1995). (Picture book. 5- 8)"
A rhyming list of dos and don'ts, with the don'ts alluringly depicted in Cole's chaotically zany pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. Read full book review >

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HAIR IN FUNNY PLACES by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Though many books, starting with Robie H. Harris's It's Perfectly Normal (1994), cover the territory in less ghoulish fashion, here at least readers will get some basic information, plus the idea that certain rough patches on the road to adulthood are survivable. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10-14)"
A child asks her teddy bear about growing up and gets an earful in this wildly irreverent look at puberty. Read full book review >

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THE UN-WEDDING by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Loosely drawn line-and-watercolor illustrations portray the bickering couple in hilarious detail, made all the funnier by the posh British backdrop that is their battleground. (Picture book. 6-12)"
Demetrius and Paula Ogglebutt have a problem—their parents. Read full book review >

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DROP DEAD by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Pair this with Margaret Wild's Old Pig (1996) for a fairly complete definition of aging and death—one funny, one tender—aimed at the young. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Cole (The Bad Good Manners Book, 1996, etc.) proves that she can fracture more than Emily Post in this eccentric tale subtitled ``Or how we grew from one-year-old bald wrinklies into eighty-year-old bald wrinklies.'' A question from their grandchildren—``Gran and Grandad, why are you such bald old wrinklies?''—prompts two elderly folks to recite the major events of their lives, from birth to the moment they drop dead and are then ``recycled,'' returning as two scrawny chickens. Read full book review >

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THE SPROG OWNER’S MANUAL by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Required reading for would-be parents of any age. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Filling the gap between her Mommy Laid an Egg! Read full book review >

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PRINCESS SMARTYPANTS RULES by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Smartypants exudes a salutary self-confidence—but the baby, with his big white eyes, gleeful grin and ash-dark skin, skates close enough to caricature that American audiences, at least, may wince. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Though probably intended to be no more than a breezy lesson in domestic politics paired to a cautionary tale on the dangers of not reading labels carefully, this sequel to Princess Smartypants (1987) takes a discomfiting turn when the ultra-capable young Royal inadvertently produces a brown-skinned baby. Read full book review >

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TRUELOVE by Babette Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"It's all in good fun, ends with a reassuring thought—'Sometimes love isn't easy, but there's always enough to go around'—and makes a refreshing anodyne to the gooier valentines of Joan Walsh Anglund, Charlotte Zolotow, and their legions of modern imitators. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Putting a characteristically screwy spin on the sappy "Love Is . . . Read full book review >

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DR. DOG by Babette Cole
by Babette Cole, illustrated by Babette Cole
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"Ugh, puke. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-6)"
Poor Dr. Dog, the hapless Gumboyle family pet and doctor who is pulled away from a conference in Brazil to tend to his sick and rather disgusting owners. Read full book review >

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MOMMY LAID AN EGG! by Babette Cole
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"For those who choose to share these specifics with young children, a notably fresh, matter-of-fact approach. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The full facts about human reproduction, ingeniously set in a story about parents who are offering their son and daughter some whimsical explanations—``You were delivered by a dinosaur'' or ``Sometimes you just find them under stones''—while the humor of these possibilities is dramatized in Cole's vibrant, cartoony illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH UNCLE by Babette Cole
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not essential, but fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A wickedly zany narrative about Uncle, who ``doesn't just play around with boats'' (e.g., the pictured remote-controlled craft in a park)—``He's a pirate!'' With grown-ups looking askance, he buys a treasure map, sets sail even though he can't do enough math to navigate, catches a ride on an accommodating whale, finds the treasure island developed and occupied by tourists, rescues a movie star kidnapped by real pirates, and marries a mermaid on the way home. Read full book review >