Search Results: "Chris Raschka"


BOOK REVIEW

GIVE AND TAKE by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Inventive as ever. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Imagine Rumpelstiltskin with an equally imperious twin, and you'd approximate Take and Give, a tiny pair who bedevil a farmer with conflicting advice. Read full book review >

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THE COSMOBIOGRAPHY OF SUN RA by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Unequivocally stellar. (biographical note, selected discography in both aftermatter and on illuminated endpapers) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This tribute to the innovative jazz keyboardist and band leader synthesizes brilliant paintings with a narrative that strikes just the right chords for its audience. Read full book review >

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CRABBY CRAB by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Thank you, Chris Raschka, for reviving this sublimely ridiculous series. Chrissy Chris! (Picture book. 2-7)"
The Thingy Things are back, and they're thingy-er than ever, with two new entries and the republication of two earlier titles. Read full book review >

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EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"A wry, respectful ode to a rite of passage that's both commonplace and marvelous. This is one fun ride! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl in a ginormous blue-striped helmet chooses a bike, practices lots and, aided by a patient, daddy-esque (perhaps granddaddy-esque) guy in a green tie, learns to ride. Read full book review >

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WAFFLE by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"For children who might find Wemberly Worried (2000) too straightforward by half, this gentle allegory could be just the ticket. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Raschka's work can be difficult to grasp (at least by adults)—sometimes his elliptical writing style and calligraphic art leaves gaps that are hard to leap across, and it takes children to show the way. Read full book review >

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SIMPLE GIFTS by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Every spread has a band of color in which Raschka has hand-lettered the words of the song, which is also included with musical notations in an author's note. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Raschka continues his exploration of visualized music, in this case the 150-year-old Shaker hymn of the title. Read full book review >

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THE BLUSHFUL HIPPOPOTAMUS by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bountiful comfort in very few words. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Raschka (Can't Sleep, 1995, etc.), recognizing that siblings and friends loom large in a small child's world, shows how a big sister's teasing is diminished by the support of a friend in an exuberant read-aloud. Read full book review >

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ARLENE SARDINE by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book's jacket, not incidentally, is painted to look like, read as, and 'open' like the tin lid of a sardine can; the entire book bristles with nonchalance, but makes its points with panache. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Raschka (Simple Gifts, p. 273, etc.) has a way of continually reinventing the picture-book form; here, in his signature splashy watercolors and brash calligraphy, he tells the story of how Arlene, a little fish who wants to be a sardine, achieves her career goal. Read full book review >

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MYSTERIOUS THELONIOUS by Chris Raschka
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Artistically way cool. (Picture book. 5-9)"
If part of the joy in Charlie Parker Played Be Bop (1992) was in the sheer bounce of the words, then this book makes music even for readers who don't know who jazz great Thelonious Monk was. Read full book review >

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THE DOORMAN'S REPOSE by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"A warm, wonderful delight for readers young and old. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A grand old apartment building at 777 Garden Ave. on Manhattan's Upper East Side is the setting for a series of tales filled with humor, imagination, and sweetness. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BLACK CROW by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"This quiet book that positions the child as a curious observer of the natural world is a little picture-book gem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reminiscent of Christopher Myers's Black Cat (1999), but set in a rural rather than an urban setting, a lyrical text muses about the daily life of the titular little black crow. Read full book review >

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PETER AND THE WOLF by Chris Raschka
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Among the plethora of Peters, his stands out for its seamless, jazzy match of verbal and visual exuberance. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Language chosen for its sound at least as much as for its meaning lends an improvisatory air to this rendition of Prokofiev's musical tale, and theatrical illustrations definitely kick things up an additional notch. Read full book review >