Search Results: "Bill Martin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"A trenchant and witty exploration, several cuts above typical surveys written in the wake of the 'alternative' era."
An invigorating, broad-minded survey of pop music's experimental fringes. Read full book review >

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BARN DANCE! by Ted  Rand
Released: Nov. 24, 1986

"A lively tale that'll enliven picture-book times, particularly not-too-scary Halloween programs for young children."
A cheery picture book that's a winning combination of magic and humor and that should be useful for bedtime and library story-time. Read full book review >

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TEN LITTLE CATERPILLARS by Bill Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Equal parts counting book, nature book and ideal read-aloud fodder, this is a beauty of an offering from a familiar team. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Move over very hungry caterpillar—10 little caterpillars have arrived. Read full book review >

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THE MAESTRO PLAYS by Bill Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The effect is circus-like, a vertiginous celebration of sound and color. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
Two maestros play here—one with words, the other with color, form, and space—in what is one of the most visually emphatic picture books of the year. Read full book review >

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THE MAESTRO PLAYS by Vladimir Radunsky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The effect is circus-like, a vertiginous celebration of sound and color."
Two maestros play here — one with words, the other with color, form, and space — in what is one of the most visually emphatic picture books of the year. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING OF THE YEAR by Greg Shed
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Along with Charlotte F. Otten's January Rides the Wind (1997), this is ripe for units on the seasons."
This book on the changing faces of the months is solid Martin fare: a simple story that delights in language and word play. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 4, 2008

A veritable pantheon of illlustrators contributes work to this delicious collection of Martin's favorite poems. Read full book review >

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THE WIZARD by Bill Martin Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Schaefer handles this potentially terrifying story with a light touch; suspense hangs in the air, but the characters are this side of scary. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The wizard is in his chamber, the cauldron is on the fire. Read full book review >

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BABY BEAR, BABY BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Bill Martin Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Martin died in 2004—here's a fitting close to what will likely remain his most lasting work for children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In its fourth—and billed as final—iteration, this primary level Q-and-A introduces ten North American mammals, from red fox and blue heron to rattlesnake, mule deer and finally (unspecified, but possibly Kodiak) Mama Bear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKEN CHUCK by Bill Martin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"The story's absurdities may draw some chuckles, but children are likely to be far more dazzled by the illustrations; it's a spectacular debut for Salerno. (Picture book. 6-8)"
One of the prolific Martin's more surreal episodes, first published in 1946, earns a reissue with dandy new illustrations and packaging. Read full book review >

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE by Bill Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Children curious about the meaning of what so many of them are compelled to promise every morning in school will get less lyrical, but more factual, commentary from June Swanson's I Pledge Allegiance (1990). (Picture book. 6-8)"
This attempt to explain the Pledge's meaning to younger children is at least as simplistic as it is enlightening. Read full book review >