Search Results: "Brendan Wenzel"


BOOK REVIEW

BEASTLY BABIES by Ellen Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Lots of fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A simple rhyming text celebrates some shared characteristics of baby animals. Read full book review >

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SOME BUGS by Angela DiTerlizzi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Deceptively simple, with innovative illustrations and a catchy narrative, this book adeptly supplies information, a sense of accessibility, close looking and joie de vivre. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A picture book that capers with joy in the buggy natural world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A solo debut for Wenzel showcasing both technical chops and a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Wouldn't the same housecat look very different to a dog and a mouse, a bee and a flea, a fox, a goldfish, or a skunk? Read full book review >

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ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE by Daniel Bernstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Marvelous fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A dark-skinned "boy with a whirly-twirly toy" skips through the forest, unaware of the snake lurking in the eucalyptus tree. Read full book review >

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SOME PETS by Angela DiTerlizzi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Exuberant in its visuals and narratively well crafted but with slight blind spots. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Children and animals mingle at a pet show in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE by Cynthia Rylant
Released: June 27, 2017

"A splendid tribute to the world and its splendors, with something to offer audiences of a broad range of ages. (Picture book. 4-adult)"
Readers are invited to reflect on life with the help of animals. Read full book review >

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MAKING MISCHIEF
by Julie Danielson

One of my favorite pieces of writing in children’s literature, which began life as a lecture at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, is Patricia Lee Gauch’s “The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief,” which can be read here at the Horn Book’s site. Gauch starts out by paying loving tribute to children as mischief-makers—“Someone who ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FEATHERED DINOSAURS OF CHINA by Gregory Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"It is, however, the most extensive and up-to-date for younger readers, so despite its deficiencies—no bibliography or Web list, either—it's worth considering as a replacement for older surveys. (glossary/index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
For his solo debut, a veteran science illustrator takes dinophiles on a day trip to an early Cretaceous lake in modern China's Liaoning Province—identifying birds, insects, small mammals, and over a dozen species of the feathered or furred dinosaurs miraculously preserved there in the fossil record. Read full book review >

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GIANT DINOSAURS OF THE JURASSIC by Gregory Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Readers who just can't get enough on the topic will snap this up, but it's one of the banquet's blander courses. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
The author/illustrator of Feathered Dinosaurs of China (p. 43) looks closer to home, taking young dinophiles back 150 million years and focusing on species discovered in the Rocky Mountains' Morrison Formation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1998

"Large full-color reproductions allow readers to examine these mysterious works on their own, while the inclusion of a short biography and several black-and-white photographs of Magritte, his family, and his home offer a sense of the artist separate from his work. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
In the Adventures in Art series (see Jockel, above), an introduction to Magritte that explains how some art tries to represent the real world, while other art purposely shows impossible things, and how RenÇ Magritte used realism to portray the imaginary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIT LIFE by Kurt Wenzel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2001

"Taut, fast-paced work from an author who knows as much about writing fiction as he does about the fiction biz."
A couple of literary legends get turned inside-out, revealing both the passions and the pitfalls of the writing life, in this debut roman à clef, set deep inside the New York publishing demimonde. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Enough jaundice to turn the paper yellow, but also enough pep and advice on bar etiquette to get you on the barstool for a test drive."
A former "spineless, frustrated Islamic New Jersey girl" chronicles her decade-long bartending stint at Marion's, a "kitschy fifties knockoff" in Manhattan. Read full book review >