Search Results: "Claire Freedman"


BOOK REVIEW

PIRATES LOVE UNDERPANTS by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Be sure to keep your visit with this undergarment-obsessed pirate crew nice and brief. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's too little that's loony in this tale of piratical pantaloon-loving thieves, in spite of its cheery premise and art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A KISS GOODNIGHT by Claire Freedman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2007

"It will surely find its audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Though not entirely sappy, this inoffensive collection of bedtime rhymes doesn't exactly charm, either. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THIS SPECIAL NIGHT by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though Mendez's large-format illustrations are appealing and the simple story is accessible to preschoolers, the ending demonstrates a lack of knowledge of the needs of this age group, who need to see to believe. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A group of farm animals is drawn together by an unusually bright star shining over a stable in their neighborhood in this sentimental Nativity story. Read full book review >

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DRAGON JELLY by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"After one reading, the party is over—pass. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A cuddly, lime-green monster gets ready for a bash. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPIDER SANDWICHES by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2014

"No more than a side dish next to the appetite-killing courses dished out by Shel Silverstein, by Adam Rex in Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich (2006) and by so many others. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Freedman climbs aboard an already overcrowded bandwagon with this catalog of gross-out goodies in Max the monster's larder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOSEBERRY GOOSE by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"English author and illustrator capture a certain openhearted Brit approach to animal stories that is very attractive, and the double-spread, full-bleed pictures are full of sky and leaf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The clear light of autumn breezes through these pages, as Gooseberry Goose practices landing, taking off, gliding, and doing loop-the-loops. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY GRANDPARENTS LOVE ME by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Sweet and appealing for the preschool set and a winning gift purchase for the grandparent crowd. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The extraordinary bond a young child enjoys with a grandparent is expressed through a series of activities they share. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LOVE YOU, SLEEPYHEAD by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"A visual lullaby of love and peace sadly hampered by the limping scansion. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The tender reassurance of a mother's affecting presence at bedtime is a universally appreciated theme (hence its ubiquity), here handsomely rendered by Mendez in fuzzy-edged full-page paintings of animal families, accompanied by a gentle, sometimes lyrical, sometimes imbalanced rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAURS LOVE UNDERPANTS by Claire Freedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Children may find Cort's cartoon pictures of big, grumpy-looking dinosaurs sporting undies loud with polka-dots and other patterns briefly (so to speak) amusing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants (2007) go to the well again, describing in stumbling verse and colorful but unexceptional art how the dinos wiped themselves out squabbling over their prehistoric panties. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE’S YOUR SMILE, CROCODILE? by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Young readers will laugh as Kyle makes bird noises, monkey faces, and blows bubbles, adding a little levity to a fairly predictable story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Kyle wakes up to find that he has misplaced his smile and goes looking for it everywhere, only to realize that it's been there all along. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT by Claire Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A real bedtime treat for both parents and children alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Archie the bear is having a hard time getting to sleep despite the valiant efforts of his babysitting grandmother in a soothing story that's certain to appeal to even the most resistant young sleeper. Read full book review >