Search Results: "David Catrow"


BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FUN IN THE SUN by David  Catrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"So enjoyable the real thing may pale in comparison. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A self-sufficient pup takes his beloved pet to the beach. High jinks ensue. Read full book review >

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THE FLY FLEW IN by David  Catrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Have fun with this fly. (Early reader. 2-6)"
A frolicsome fly disrupts a fancy concert. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"As well as being an engaging way of removing barriers to understanding raised by the Constitution's stylized language, this makes a first-class discussion starter for many of the ideas and issues it addresses. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Serving an earnest purpose with characteristic zaniness, Catrow (Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, 2001, etc.) twice interprets the Constitution's first sentence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T SHARE by Mike Reiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Kids will relish the illustrations and get a guffaw or two, though, and that can't be all bad. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Even Catrow's flamboyantly over-the-top art can't completely rescue this superficial cautionary tale from the heap of mediocre, heavy-handed takes on the theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLANTZILLA GOES TO CAMP by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Fans of Allan Sherman's classic ditty 'Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,' recently recast into print (2004, illustrated by Jack E. Davis), will camp out around this cousin. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This epistolary follow-up to Plantzilla (2002) sends nerdy young Mortimer to Camp Wannaleaveee, where the customary encounters with bugs and a bully occasion the expected plea for parental rescue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"What a boon to the catalogue of rude children's songs and rhymes, but best if taken in moderation. (Picture book/poetry. 5-9)"
Opening with clever additional verses for the title poem of Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Rhymes (2001), Katz again sets new lyrics to such musical chestnuts as Itsy Bitsy Spider ("Tiny Baby Brother"), Bingo ("I-T-C-H-Y") and Wheels On The Bus: "The lunches at my camp / Prepared by Joan / Didn't know / Cheese had bones . . ." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Catrow's illustrations are manic in a bug-eyed way, and it has to be handed to him that he hasn't stooped to the graphic to get chuckles, but keeps things at the suggestive level. (Picture book. 3-6)"
It's not that the new lyrics set to old-favorite tunes aren't humorous in Katz's book, it's that they are predictable. Read full book review >

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RIDICULOUS RHYMES FROM A TO Z by John Walker
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Once the ABCs are mastered, the book will inspire vocabulary-building; it may be debatable just how often Xerxes, mukluks, and katydids will be deployed by toddlers, but there's no arguing that the book is sheer good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The alphabet gets a good going-over, with each letter showcased in eight illustrated panels; the flurry of words set to rhyme are heavily weighted toward nonsense: ``Beginning with B/is a bookful of words/like bald-headed barbers/and blue barking birds.'' The emphasis in Walker's first book is on having grand old time: ``A meeting of mumbling men,/they meet each month of May./Their members murmur messages,/but who knows what they say.'' The nutty poems really fly when paired with Catrow's witty illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MIDDLE-CHILD BLUES by Kristyn Crow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"This ode to all the 'mid-kids' demands to be read aloud accompanied by plenty of foot tapping and grooving. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Being stuck in between a big brother and a younger sister has put Lee in touch with the spirit of the blues. Read full book review >