Search Results: "Dan Yaccarino"


BOOK REVIEW

DAN YACCARINO’S MOTHER GOOSE by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Mother Goose reinterpreted lives on. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Yaccarino casts 34 traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes into an unconventional urban setting. Read full book review >

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DAN by Joanna Ruocco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Giddy, intriguing stuff from a writer eager to let words misbehave."
A young woman becomes increasingly aware of authority—and the urge to push back against it—in this linguistically free-wheeling and challenging novel. Read full book review >

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MORRIS MOLE by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Plot holes may mar the story a bit, but there's plenty to dig anyway. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Morris strikes out on his own in this story about an anthropomorphic, iconoclast mole. Read full book review >

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BIG BERRY by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"This playful little tale and its companions are spoiled by the imposition of moral lessons. (Board book. 1-3)"
The lesson of this and every other story in the Happyland board-book series is proclaimed right on the cover. Read full book review >

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THE BIRTHDAY FISH by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"The bonding falls between the lines, but thoughtful readers and listeners will understand how it happens, and really perceptive ones may even see it coming. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this deceptively simple tale, a child obsessed with ponies doesn't get one for her birthday. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE FOUR WINDS BLOW by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Combining wafer-thin characters, clumsy attempts at humor, a wandering plotline, and a severe case of explaining rather than showing that makes the opening chapter positively tedious, this labored, agenda-heavy effort isn't rescued even by its many small, quirky illustrations. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Picture-book veteran Yaccarino tries his hand at a longer form, with less-than-happy results. Read full book review >

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DOUG UNPLUGS ON THE FARM by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"A fine farm story that doubles nicely as a lesson about experiential learning. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Doug is back, and he's ready for hands-on fun and learning down on the farm. Read full book review >

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DOUG UNPLUGGED by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A lively, colorful celebration of unmediated living. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A little robot boy goes on an urban adventure. Read full book review >

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LAWN TO LAWN by Dan Yaccarino
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Although many children might not have seen lawn ornaments before, Yaccarino's endearing, earnest characters are worth getting to know. (Picture book. 4-8)"
After their friend Pearl moves, four tacky lawn ornaments hit the road looking for her new home in Ritzy Estates. Read full book review >

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THE FANTASTIC UNDERSEA LIFE OF JACQUES COUSTEAU by Dan Yaccarino
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 24, 2009

"Cousteau's enduring fascination with the sea comes through clearly, and can't help sparking similar feelings in readers. (chronology, source list) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
This second early biography of Cousteau in a year echoes Jennifer Berne's Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (2008), illustrated by Eric Puybaret, in offering visuals that are more fanciful than informational, but also complements it with a focus less on the early life of the explorer and eco-activist than on his later inventions and achievements. Read full book review >

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GO, GO AMERICA by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Still, browsers will find this hard to put down, and more systematic sorts will linger over the closing chart of state capitals, mottos and the like. (source list) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Yaccarino sends readers whose ride aboard Peter Sís's Train of States (2004) has only whetted an appetite for random facts, quirky laws and roadside attractions on a somewhat more leisurely car trip from Maine to Hawaii. Read full book review >

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NEW PET by Dan Yaccarino
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"While the story won't send any young readers into orbit, it will appeal to those who adore aliens of any variety, and the third title in the series is already on the launch pad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy and a young space alien continue their Galactic Space Exchange Program in this second entry in a series by Yaccarino, following First Day on a Strange Planet (2000). Read full book review >