Search Results: "Bethany Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

VALENTINE MICE! by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 2, 1998

"Simple rhythmic text and action-packed line and watercolor illustrations will draw young readers in; Cushman includes welcome details—such as a tag-along chickadee- -that enhance the story, and mixes full-bleed and framed illustrations to emphasize high points in the text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The stars of Halloween Mice! are back, but this time they're celebrating a different holiday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OGRE EATS EVERYTHING by Bethany Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Winborn's amusing paintings add to the humorous mix with matching furry eyebrows for both monster and little girl. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
In this second entry in the May Belle and Ogre easy reader series, May Belle continues to try to civilize her friend, a furry beast without much sense of how the world works. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWO O'CLOCK SECRET by Bethany Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"In a simple, realistic text, Roberts does a fine job of building both the anticipation and the concept of keeping a secret, ably abetted by Kramer's cheery pencil and watercolor art depicting a lively and affectionate middle-class family. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When it comes to keeping secrets, Little Michael has a poor track record; but this time he's doing his best not to tell Dad that he's getting what he wants most of all for his birthday: Dad's brother, who has been away for two years in the Navy, will be here just in time for the family celebration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMEL CARAVAN by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Taylor has gotten the camels' expressions of imperturbable, supercilious hauteur exactly right, making it all the funnier when they lose it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
There's a long tradition of stories about various forms of transport running amok, from Virginia Lee Burton's Choo Choo and Hardie Gramatky's Little Toot to some of W. Awdry's stories about Thomas the Tank Engine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSIE TO THE RESCUE by Bethany Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Soothing, playful, and fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The wait for Mother and Father to get home can seem eternal for a young preschooler, but Rosie uses her imagination to help her courageously pass the time with babysitter, Aunt Lily. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MOUSE TOLD HIS MOTHER by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Begin has imagined the domestic details of a mouse's world with winsome humor: twig furniture, an acorn-cap washbasin, a bathtub made from an empty catfood tin; the pictures not only enhance the story, but really make it work. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A mouse child, at bedtime, tells his mother that he's going on a trip—to the moon, to dive for pirate treasure, to fly an airplane around the world, to explore a spooky cave, etc. Each exploit is suggested by something he sees around him—the boat in his bathtub, a toy plane, the dark ``cave'' under his bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRTHDAY MICE! by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"Occasional rhymes and a musical cadence to the text—with its oompah repetition of words—make this a lively performance piece, and the illustrations keep the visual stimulation on par with the words. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Roberts and Cushman's (Christmas Mice, not reviewed, etc.) holiday mice return with a bauble for young listeners in celebration of little mouse's birthday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COOKIE ANGEL by Bethany Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Vagin's illustrations are serviceable but unexceptional, and again the cookie angel is the only character that stands out in the art as well as in the text. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Toys (and one cookie) come alive on Christmas Eve in this rather long and rather misguided story that tries too hard to stir up some holiday magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAY BELLE AND THE OGRE by Bethany Roberts
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Winborn's whimsical illustrations add clever touches to the overall effort, and her May Belle might be a country cousin of Sendak's Rosie. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
May Belle is a perky little blonde with fuzzy black eyebrows, freckles, and bare feet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAT SKIDOO by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"This will be best for sharing one-on-one or with small groups since many of the smiles and laughs are in the details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two chubby, frisky kittens race around the house and yard playing cat skidoo, which seems to entail chasing everything that moves while wreaking havoc. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOUBLE TROUBLE GROUNDHOG DAY by Bethany Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The happy resolution of the story provides a satisfying conclusion and with its simple explanation of Groundhog Day, this warm-hearted tale offers readers an entertaining introduction to an annual event. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A squabbling set of twins learns the art of cooperation in this seasonal tale from Roberts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WIND’S GARDEN by Bethany Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Parents beware; it also contains a tip on how youngsters can help the wind by blowing dandelion seeds. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Just in time for spring, Roberts (A Mouse Told His Mother, 1997, etc.) shows young readers that nature's beauty can be appreciated for both its tamed and wild sides. Read full book review >