Search Results: "Crockett Johnson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Likely to become the go-to biography of these two iconic figures—for specialists, but not just those in children's literature."
A thoroughgoing, if dispassionate, portrait of two relentlessly creative types whose contributions to children's literature—epochal as they are—make up only part of the story. Read full book review >

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MAGIC BEACH by Crockett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"As in so much else, she was right—but it does make a handsomely packaged artifact for adult readers of children's literature. (Picture book. Adult)"
Issued with revisions in 1965 as Castles in the Sand, with early 60s-ish illustrations by Betty Fraser, this philosophical tale appears here in its original form, beneath Johnson's own rough, expressive sketches—sandwiched between an eloquent appreciation of both author and art by Maurice Sendak, and a publishing history by renowned scholar Philip Nel. Read full book review >

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HAROLD'S TRIP TO THE SKY by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 1957

"Deliciously silly, this very tiny book, done in the Barnaby style, bridges the gap between comic books and serious reading, for the illustrations are integral to the text."
Terribly timid Harold, who has survived breathtaking adventures with the help of his own imagination and props he draws with a purple crayon, ventures into outer space this time. Read full book review >

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HAROLD'S CIRCUS by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1959

"In this episode Crockett Johnson achieves a singularly animated effect with his purple line drawings."
That lucky purple crayon of little Harold again works its magic. Read full book review >

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DAVID CROCKETT by III Groneman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A small survey of many virtues; it holds to the middle ground between hagiography and debunking, making allowances for Crockett's lapses into bad behavior while highlighting his better qualities."
Hero or opportunist? Rebel or terrorist? Did he even own a coonskin cap? Davy Crockett was an enigma in his own age—and certainly the right man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read full book review >

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UPSIDE DOWN by Crockett Johnson
Released: June 25, 1969

"Here Junior rights mother by reversing the book; most kids today could set her straight immediately (and most parents would want to)."
The dismay of a mother kangaroo who deduces from a geography book that she is really upside down is an amusing take off on an old befuddlement that's probably obsolete. Read full book review >

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WILL SPRING BE EARLY? OR WILL SPRING BE LATE? by Crockett Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 15, 1959

"In no sense a nature book."
Around the beginning of February the groundhog sticks his head out of his hole and asks his perennial question: "Will spring be early or will spring be late?" Read full book review >

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HAROLD AT THE NORTH POLE by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1958

"Harold's concentrated efficiency with the crayon is rewarded by a bountiful Christmas for him and a whimsical holiday treat for the young reader."
Harold's purple crayon once again works magic in this story of his North Pole adventure. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE RIBBON PUPPIES by Crockett Johnson
Released: Aug. 20, 1958

"Reenforced spine."
A little girl and a little boy must decide which of a whole menagerie of puppies shall be awarded the coveted blue ribbon —the fat one, the thin one, the spotty one, the plain one. Read full book review >

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A PICTURE FOR HAROLD'S ROOM by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 30, 1960

"Simple vocabulary and the magic of Harold's crayon make this a real inducement to the young child just beginning to read."
Once again Harold wields his purple crayon, this time intent upon drawing a picture for his room. Read full book review >

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THE FROWNING PRINCE by Crockett Johnson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1959

"Crockett Johnson, author of The Blue Ribbon Puppies and other books for children, writes of the make-believe in a low key, evolving a sensibly elastic world in which improbable happenings occur without shock."
When an immovable frown meets an irresistible smile, as the song goes, something's got to give. Read full book review >

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ELLEN'S LION by Crockett Johnson
Released: Aug. 5, 1959

"A word of warning to all children: Do not let this book into the hands of adults or you may have to queue up to read it."
It is perfectly natural that Ellen have a lion for a pet. Read full book review >