Search Results: "Clement Hurd"


BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 3, 1947

"Despite the high price, which takes it out of the straight merchandise market, this is a good buy, from quality of text and pictures — and most of all, idea."
Little children will love this going to sleep book — a really fresh idea by a talented and prolific author, illustrated by Clement Hurd. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY BUNNY by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: March 5, 1942

"The text pattern is a successful dialogue with almost nursery rhyme repetition and rhythm (those in prose)."
This is one of the nicest things Margaret Wise Brown has done, and Clement Hurd has made enchanting pictures, with line drawings and eight double spreads in four colors, beautifully reproduced. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It's aged well, though the format will likely prove less durable. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Reissued with new illustrations by Hurd's son, Thacher, 68 years after its original appearance, this first collaboration between Brown and Hurd of Goodnight Moon fame pairs simple, cozy animal scenes done up in saturated colors with an open-ended series of Bigs and Littles: "There were two great big chickens / and some tiny little chickens [turn] There were some great big fish / and a lot of little fish." Read full book review >

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MY WORLD by Margaret Wise Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2001

"One scene showing Father, Mother, and Child sharing the bathroom may explain why the original was allowed to pass out of print, but these days it shouldn't raise any eyebrows. (Picture book. 3-6)"
First published in 1949, this looks and reads just like its predecessor Goodnight, Moon, with a series of cozy domestic scenes featuring a bunny family matched to childlike rhymes, some of which—"My dog. / Daddy's dog. / Daddy's dog / Once caught a frog"—is engaging silly talk, more about sound than meaning. Read full book review >

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SLEEPY CADILLAC by Thacher Hurd
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2005

A big blue classic convertible floats down the street until this "Sleepy Cadillac" stops by a little boy's window and takes him for a ride in the night sky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD FROGS by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Still, children will delight in the idea—as well as the general visual hyperactivity in the art and the text's rollicking cadences, which, when read aloud a number of times, could make for a rousing chant-along. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Going one-up on such solitary malfeasants as the wolf-suited Max and Rosemary Wells's Noisy Nora, here no fewer than 170 frogs in human dress tumble, dash, skate and sail across the pages, "Smelling yucky. Read full book review >

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SANTA MOUSE AND THE RATDEER by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"In the cozy drawings of Santa and friends enjoying Rosie's hospitality, Hurd does for Santa what Seuss did for the Grinch—creates a holiday tale with as much wit as it has heart. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a clever departure from typical holiday fare, Hurd (Zoom City, p. 197, etc.) puts a new twist on an old favorite. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MOUSE'S BIRTHDAY CAKE by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A better-than-average run-through of a popular formula: the details are offbeat, while Hurd's glowing, free-style illustrations are a pleasure. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A second, more predictable, book about the hero of Little Mouse's Big Valentine (1990): Little Mouse thinks that his friends have forgotten his birthday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BONGO FISHING by Thacher Hurd
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"EWSLUGp2010 and like extraterrestrial farces. (Science fiction/humor. 10-12)"
A creator of illustrated stories for younger audiences tries his hand at a novel, with indifferent results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ART DOG by Thacher Hurd
by Thacher Hurd, illustrated by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 29, 1996

"Hurd (Tomato Soup, 1992, etc.) employs a disarming, deliberately slapdash style, blazing a trail of scrawled charm across the streets and skies of Gotham; Art Dog is a superhero for all times. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The adventures of Arthur Dog—mild-mannered guard at the Dogopolis Museum of Art by day, mural-painting superhero by night- -who is mistakenly apprehended when the Mona Woofa is stolen from the museum; he paints his way out of prison and succeeds in catching the crooks in his improvised Brushmobile. Read full book review >

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TOMATO SOUP by Thacher Hurd
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"But when all's said and done, they don't have much point. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Put to bed with the sneezes, Baby Mouse escapes to watch her parents' spring planting and then goes on to Farmer Clem's garden—where she has an escapade with George the cat, who carries her into the barn in the packet of seeds where she's hiding. Read full book review >