Search Results: "Daniel S. Kirk"


BOOK REVIEW

HUSH, LITTLE ALIEN by Daniel S. Kirk
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It's a bedtime journey as loving, if not quite as soporific, as the original. (Picture book. 3-5)"
PLB 0-7868-2469-7 Kirk (Bigger, 1998, etc.) spins out an extraterrestrial version of the familiar lullaby, featuring a four-armed father promising his banana-colored little one, among other prizes, a shooting star, an astronaut (against the astronaut's wishes, it appears), a laser rifle, tools to build a spaceship and, finally, a good-night kiss. Read full book review >

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REX TABBY: CAT DETECTIVE by Daniel Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2004

"Chet Gecko's still top egg in the hardboiled department, but life's going to be no bowl of cream for crooks with Rex—and sidekicks Si Meese and Frankie Fluff—on the case. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In his debut caper, feline police detective Rex Tabby sets out to collar two bad-to-the-bone kittens intent on springing tough-talking Ma Manx from the Whiskerville lockup. Read full book review >

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JACK AND JILL by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"The bandwagon's getting crowded with folklore takeoffs, but this deserves a spot on board for its faintly surreal air. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Jack and Jill get plenty of exercise toiling up and down that hill in this considerably extended version of the nursery rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIGGER by Daniel Kirk
by Daniel Kirk, illustrated by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 1998

"A concise and ebullient reminder that physical size is not the only way children grow. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Kirk (Breakfast at the Liberty Diner, 1997, etc.) has an unusual spin on an evergreen picture-book theme: getting bigger. Read full book review >

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DOGS RULE! by Daniel Kirk
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"When considered as poetry, the poems are a little sing-songy, but then they are songs, and children might just have more fun singing along with the CD than merely listening. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cheerful collection of compatible canines decorates the cover of this oversized volume, with a Chihuahua holding a bone monogrammed with the name of the author/illustrator. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RHINO IN THE HOUSE by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A solid introduction to wildlife conservation, but it misses the mark in providing a full context for the story. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Anna Merz was determined to protect endangered animals in East Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TUGGA-TUGGA TUGBOAT by Kevin Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A perfect ending to a perfect voyage. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Whatever it is, tugboats have it, some mojo that gives them an aura of joyfulness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THING ABOUT SPRING by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Although the underlying idea is that resistance to change is normal—and acceptance of change is healthy—an easier sell would have been an animal who dreaded the cold and dark of winter. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rabbit is apprehensive about winter turning to spring, and his friends Mouse, Bird and Bear help convince him that spring is equally wonderful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND, BUT I MISS YOU by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"There are no bad sock monkeys, not even the one or two who have forgotten themselves for a second. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sock monkey goes to the dark side, or as dark as a sock monkey can get, in Kirk's dovelike tale of dawning self-awareness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN THANK-YOU LETTERS by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"Inspirational examples abound in both giving thanks and sharing. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Before Pig can play with his pal Rabbit, he wants to finish his thank-you letter. But will his friend give him that chance? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 27, 2012

"Although great for reading aloud, put this at the top of the list for using as a springboard for creative writing or a discussion starter about what qualities make a good friend. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rabbit and Pig join the ranks of duos that grapple with the intricacies of friendship—and impressively stand out. Read full book review >

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HONK HONK! BEEP BEEP! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"Fans of the other two will likely find this title's familiarity comforting, but it just doesn't measure up. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young boy's toys come to life for a nighttime trek across the bedroom in their jeep. Read full book review >