Search Results: "Chris Raschka"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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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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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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 >

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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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CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP by Chris Raschka
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A curiosity, witty and offbeat. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3+)"
A brief, rhythmic text printed in different styles and varied with playful onomatopoeia recalls the humor and cadences of a great jazz musician: ``...Charlie Parker played saxophone./The music sounded like be bop./Never leave your cat alone./Be bop./Fisk, fisk./Lollipop./Boomba, boomba./Bus stop./Zznnzznn./Boppity, bibbitty, bop. Read full book review >

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JOHN COLTRANE’S GIANT STEPS by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Nevertheless: a fascinating and ambitious attempt to render the purely aural in a purely visual form. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a picture book that is simultaneously simpler and much more abstract than his earlier celebrations of Charlie Parker (Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, 1992) and Thelonious Monk (Mysterious Thelonious, 1997), Raschka attempts to depict visually saxophone great John Coltrane's "marvelous and tricky composition," "Giant Steps." 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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SERIOUSLY, NORMAN! by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Appealingly quirky and adventurous; a celebration of the power of self-directed learning and thinking outside the box. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A gently satirical and ultimately liberating look at modern education. Read full book review >

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THE PURPLE BALLOON by Chris Raschka
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"A portion of the proceeds goes to Children's Hospice International. (Picture book. 3+)"
No one explains difficult concepts to children better than Raschka, and this gentle discussion of death is no exception. Read full book review >

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LIKE LIKES LIKE by Chris Raschka
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The divine illustrations reflect the pleasure and joy of companionship, no matter where it's found. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A vibrant and delightful picture book about a little white cat who sees all sorts of other animals in pairs, who are obviously happy to be so paired off. Read full book review >