Search Results: "Colin Thompson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PARADISE GARDEN by Colin Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Not all children will know how to take their futures in hand as Peter does, but the knowledge that they can try resides within these illuminating pages. (Picture book. 8-13)"
Thompson (Tower to the Sun, 1997, etc.) spins elements not so much of escape as solace in his story of a boy who flees the rattle and nonsense of his home life for the pastoral confines of an apparently endless city park. Read full book review >

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FALLING ANGELS by Colin Thompson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"The story works on several levels, but it is the fascinating pictures that will have young readers and listeners asking to see it again and again. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A gentle fantasy about seeing with your heart as well as your eyes. Read full book review >

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THE BIG LITTLE BOOK OF HAPPY SADNESS by Colin Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Jeremy's disability and unhappy future at the animal shelter disturbing, but the splendid conclusion makes this tale a joy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this quirky Australian import, young George lives with his grandmother "and an empty place where his mother and father should have been." Read full book review >

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WILD STORIES by Colin Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

These previously published stories of the creatures that inhabit a garden left to run wild is a complete and felicitous package, enhanced by the addition of a few poems and winning pen-and-ink drawings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PICTURES OF HOME by Colin Thompson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 1993

"A fascinating book, to pore over and share. (Picture book. 5+)"
Thompson (The Paper Bag Prince, 1992) brings his extraordinary imagination and meticulously detailed style to surreal interpretations of some British schoolchildren's haiku- length descriptions of their homes (``Home is my parents./You should have love in all homes./Love is my parents.''—Ian, 10). Read full book review >

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HOW TO LIVE FOREVER by Colin Thompson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Children may not grow wiser for reading this book, but they will have their eyes filled—and thoughts provoked—on every page of amusing details and visual pranks. (Picture book. 7+)"
As with Thompson's Ruby (1994), this book may have more appeal for literate, pun-loving picture-book collectors than for children, but there are few readers who won't come away impressed with the sheer detail of the illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS by Colin Thompson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"Captivating. (Picture book. 5+)"
The tale announcing the theme is quickly told: The ten-year- old narrator's grandfather returns from a life at sea to tell of fabulous Atlantis, to be found in his sea chest along with ``Everything you could ever want...if you know where to look for it''; then he sets out ``on his final voyage, across a sea of dreams.'' Grieving but curious, the boy explores from the attic down. Read full book review >

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THE PAPER BAG PRINCE by Colin Thompson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"More than just another ecological fantasy, this dump is a compelling symbol of the earth itself; it's to be hoped that, like the old man, humanity will be here to welcome nature back if the pollution ever abates. (Picture book. 7+)"
A gaunt old man spends every day at the town dump, feeding the many creatures that live there, poking through junk for firewood, clothes, and paper bags, and trying to ignore the thundering trucks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOOD NEIGHBORS by Colin Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Finished illustrations not seen. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Australian artist Thompson moves from finely detailed illustration work into prose for this broadly brushed farce. Read full book review >

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RUBY by Colin Thompson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1994

"Ruby's history is followed pictorially along the top of each page, making this two wonderful picture books in one. (Fiction/Picture book. All ages)"
A family of small folks—bowler-hatted, Ziggy-like people—lives in the roots of a tree. Read full book review >