Search Results: "Charlotte Voake"


BOOK REVIEW

SAY IT! by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Zolotow's text was first published in 1980, but it still resonates with today's parents and children, particularly as imagined by Voake. (Picture book. 3-5)"
As a mother and daughter enjoy "a golden, windy autumn day," the daughter urges her mother to "say it." Read full book review >

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HELLO TWINS by Charlotte Voake
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"The simple text, set in an oversized type, is complemented by illustrations outlined in bold strokes and filled in with soft, expressive watercolors, creating an enjoyable storytime experience. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Move over Dick and Jane: "Here are the twins / This is Charlotte. / This is Simon. / They're not like each other at all." Read full book review >

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THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Charlotte Voake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An attractive collection that leaves plenty to the visual imagination; an excellent choice for home, classroom, or library. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-8)"
Ten tales in fine versions for reading or telling, some a bit changed or updated, as if by a skilled teller, or with the violence toned down (the little pig still cooks the wolf but doesn't eat him; Red Riding Hood survives, as she does in the Grimm's version), but essentially traditional in language and event. Read full book review >

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GINGER by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"This is a simple tale, paced to perfection, while its parallels to the arrival of a new baby in a household give it a practical dimension. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A flawless tale of two cats, well-suited to story hours, to be read and reread. Read full book review >

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MR. DAVIES AND THE BABY by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Readers will want to take Mr. D. for a walk anytime; Voake would be wise to unleash him again soon. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mr. Davies, a spry little terrier, decides to go along with his neighbor, a young mother, when she takes her baby for a stroll. Read full book review >

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TWEEDLE DEE DEE by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

With quick, sketchy strokes of pen and brush, Voake creates a massive tree with birds and squirrels in the branches and two children setting up a picnic below as a setting for her lightly reworked version of the cumulative folksong most commonly called "The Green Grass Grew All Around." Read full book review >

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GINGER FINDS A HOME by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"The image of the little girl jumping for joy as Ginger tentatively comes back inside is outdone in cheer only by the picture of the former stray sunbathing in the patch of weeds where he used to live. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Large type and scratchy watercolor-and-ink illustrations enliven this story of how Ginger (2000) first arrived on the scene. Read full book review >

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HERE COMES THE TRAIN by Charlotte Voake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Voake (Ginger, 1997, etc.) coaxes wonders from scant text and spare, deft watercolors that detail the pleasures of waiting on a bridge for a train to pass underneath. Read full book review >

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PIZZA KITTENS by Charlotte Voake
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

This fable of "Three Little Kittens Who Lost Their Table Manners" will have kids giggling at the familiar home dinnertime fiascos. Read full book review >

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BEATRIX POTTER AND THE UNFORTUNATE TALE OF A BORROWED GUINEA PIG by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"The use of invented dialogue makes this problematic as straight biography, but it is nevertheless a charming, delightful homage. (author's note, photographs, notes) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Beatrix Potter was an artist and writer whose tales of the small animals she loved have entertained generations of children; here, Hopkinson and Voake offer a story of her childhood. Read full book review >

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LOOKING AT PICTURES by Joy Richardson
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Many of these are so small that that readers will only be able to focus on the frustration of not being able to see them more clearly. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Art history for the populace is back in vogue; to that end, Richardson explores painted treasures from the National Gallery in London, covering both aesthetic considerations and technical ones, e.g., readers learn not only about perspective and Impressionism, but how paint is mixed and canvases are stretched. Read full book review >

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ELSIE PIDDOCK SKIPS IN HER SLEEP by Eleanor Farjeon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The story is still spry and wise, and Voake makes this neglected literary gem—and unforgettable read-aloud—look new. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Voake's ink-and-watercolor sketches match the delicate clarity of Farjeon's prose to perfection in this small, handsomely turned-out volume that makes available to a new generation a classic tale of tyranny overcome. Read full book review >