Search Results: "Chuck Groenink"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAR DAISY DUNNINGTON by Mathilde Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"It's an odd and very European tale, and a very brave one. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Downtrodden Daisy imagines a much less restricted life for herself in amusing and ultimately hopeful ways. Read full book review >

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SANTA CLAUSES by Bob Raczka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Quiet winter scenes / Santa ponders in writing, / sharing the season. (Picture books/poetry. 4-12)"
Santa himself is the purported author of this calm but bright collection of 25 haiku, one for each day of the December countdown to Christmas. Read full book review >

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THE FRIEND SHIP by Kat Yeh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A sweet, simple story with a nicely offbeat heroine. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All the animals are welcome to come aboard. Read full book review >

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UNDER A PIG TREE by Margie Palatini
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Joining the growing colony of self-referential meta-kid lit, this one-joke treatment has its moments. And the recipes work—for figs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A purported editing error—substituting the letter "p" for "f" on a critical word throughout—transforms a tribute to figs into an appreciation of—pigs! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM'S WINTER NAP by Linda Ashman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A simpler alternative to Brian Patten and Nicola Bayley's The Big Snuggle-Up (2011) for the youngest of listeners and bed-sharers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
William's bed is a perfect haven from the winter snow; the forest denizens think so too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUFUS THE WRITER by Elizabeth Bram
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"The idea is original and appealing, but the execution is less than inspiring. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Rufus was watching a cloud shaped like a cushion turn into a cat when the idea first came to him. ‘I'm not going to have a lemonade stand this summer,' he said. ‘I'm going to have a story stand!' " Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANK'S BIG DAY by Evan Kuhlman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Excellent layout, text, and illustrations make for a thoroughly satisfying story. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Pill bug Hank's day moves from ordinary to extraordinary when Amelia, a dark-skinned girl with huge eyes and black braids, gives him a ride on her pilot's helmet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BACKWARDS BIRTHDAY PARTY by Tom Chapin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A nice selection for any collection and, of course, an excellent birthday present. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What if birthdays were backward? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKEN CHUCK by Bill Martin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"The story's absurdities may draw some chuckles, but children are likely to be far more dazzled by the illustrations; it's a spectacular debut for Salerno. (Picture book. 6-8)"
One of the prolific Martin's more surreal episodes, first published in 1946, earns a reissue with dandy new illustrations and packaging. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BE A HERO by Florence Parry Heide
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Heroism with a wink. (Picture book. 3-6)"
What does it take to become a hero? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHUCK JONES by Hugh Kenner
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The other two are Greg Sarris's Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream, profiling the Pomo basket weaver and medicine woman, and Yvonne Fern's Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation, a discussion with the creator of Star Trek."
Dr. Seuss created the Grinch, but it took Chuck Jones to make him move. Read full book review >