Search Results: "David Catrow"


BOOK REVIEW

DREAM DOG by Lou Berger
Kirkus Star
by Lou Berger, illustrated by David Catrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"This delightful story waffles irresistibly between reality and fantasy, and young readers will find Waffle the dream dog a tasty treat. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The common developmental stage of imaginary friendship is creatively and charmingly addressed in this bittersweet tale of a boy and his dogs—one real and one pretend (or maybe not). 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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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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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

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

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 >

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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: 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

WHERE'S MY T-R-U-C-K? by Karen Beaumont
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Don't read this at bedtime; the boisterous energy here is aptly summed up in the final rhyme: 'HOORAY! I FOUND MY T-R-U-C-K! / Come on, Bowser! Let's go play!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
Anyone who's ever interacted with a young child who's lost a favorite toy will immediately recognize this little boy and his single-mindedness in searching for his t-r-u-c-k. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON’T SAY THAT WORD! by Alan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2007

"EWSLUGp2003 and such—or maybe with etiquette books. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a set of rhymes that should have second graders of all ages rolling on the floor, young Michael's report on a school-day's events runs afoul of severe restrictions on the vocabulary he's allowed to use. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLANTZILLA by Jerdine Nolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Readers, plant-lovers or otherwise, will find this vegetative visitor taking root in their affections too. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Little Shop of Horrors" for the teddy bear set? Read full book review >