Search Results: "Christopher Wormell"


BOOK REVIEW

PUFF-PUFF, CHUGGA-CHUGGA by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Ending on a peaceful, satiated note, this explosive episode makes a first-rate entry in the annals of picture-book sneezes. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Wormell (Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, see above) seamlessly blends landscape and playscape in this tale of a wonderfully catastrophic train wreck. Read full book review >

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BLUE RABBIT AND THE RUNAWAY WHEEL by Christopher Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Not exactly a lesson in taking responsibility, but give Blue Rabbit some points for not trying to shift the blame. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A moment of inattention lands Blue Rabbit in hot water in this simply told follow-up to Blue Rabbit and Friends (2000). Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"The animals, in dignified natural poses, generally occupy the foregrounds in Wormell's deeply shadowed color woodcuts, but even younger viewers should have no trouble following the human story—with or without the formal, all-caps text on each verso. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Printed on creamy stock between heavy purple covers, this majestic rendition of the Christmas story makes a sumptuous gift item. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not suited to being a child's first Aesop, but likely to be the one he or she lingers over longest. (Picture book/folktales. 5-10)"
Relegating the actual texts of 21 fables to an appendix, Wormell presents a suite of full-page color woodcuts to illustrate them, captioned with titles and morals alone, and printed on buttery paper that really sets off the strong lines and gorgeous hues. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Purists will cavil that the starfish ought actually to be called a sea star, but that nit aside, this cloth-bound volume is a perfectly gorgeous piece of bookmaking. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
As the title indicates, here's a variation on the traditional animal counting book: rather than counting multiples of animals, readers are encouraged to counts their parts. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"The author's bold linoleum block prints complement the several planes of the plot, all of which are amply appealing. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wormell (An Alphabet of Animals, 1990, etc.) proves that occasionally, the grass is greener elsewhere, at least for three friends who switch homes, and a fourth, who leaves town. Read full book review >

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AN ALPHABET OF ANIMALS by Christopher Wormell
Released: Nov. 7, 1990

Not since Fall's The ABC Book (1923) has there been such a stunningly bold animal-alphabet: large, square wood engravings of great strength and simplicity, with bright, luminously delicate color added. Read full book review >

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THE BIG UGLY MONSTER AND THE LITTLE STONE RABBIT by Chris Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Wormell suggests no explicit moral or intention, so the episode is bound to have different meanings (or none) to different readers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Like The Giving Tree but without the self-sacrifice, this simple tale of a stone bunny that serves as surrogate friend to a hideous, lonely monster offers both an affecting parable and a chewy metaphor. Read full book review >

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HILDA HEN'S SEARCH by Mary Wormell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Either would grace any shelf. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)"
One can't help but compare newcomer Mary Wormell's Hilda Hen's Search to Christopher Wormell's A Number of Animals, 1993's spectacular counting book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Pullman's return to the realms of His Dark Materials moves the timeline back to Lyra's infancy with a tale of young people struggling against outsized forces of both nature and evil. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER DE HAMEL
by Brianna Jewell

“Stick your nose into other people’s business and it’s considered rude,” Christopher de Hamel says, “but stick your nose far enough back and it’s considered history.” In his latest book, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World, de Hamel turns what he sees as the voyeuristic pleasure of discovering secrets about others’ lives into historical ...


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