Search Results: "David T. Wenzel"


BOOK REVIEW

HALLOWEEN NIGHT by Arden Bruce
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Though there are no escorting adults in sight, the conventional, decidedly un-mysterious imagery captures the modern tameness of this ancient holiday, and is likely to induce more smiles than shivers in younger children. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The usual Halloween suspects come out in mildly menacing guises to participate in this simple, rhymed sequence of questions and answers—basically "Who can? Read full book review >

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THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS by Bil Lepp
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Adults and children who read this delightful and imaginative book together will find lots to talk about. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Don't underestimate the power and importance of small things. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Montgomery Rabbit by Sandy Little
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"A sweet, if slight, story about a rabbit's search for raspberries that relies too heavily on moral platitudes instead of character development."
A debut children's book that features an inquisitive animal and his colorful circle of friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAUNTINGS by Margaret Hodges
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Sources; illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Sixteen eerie tales, retold with varying success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACKYARD DRAGON by Betsy Sterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Imaginative, lonely fifth-grader Owen isn't unlike the boy who cried wolf: when he reports a dragon in his backyard, the police are skeptical. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FEATHERED DINOSAURS OF CHINA by Gregory Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"It is, however, the most extensive and up-to-date for younger readers, so despite its deficiencies—no bibliography or Web list, either—it's worth considering as a replacement for older surveys. (glossary/index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
For his solo debut, a veteran science illustrator takes dinophiles on a day trip to an early Cretaceous lake in modern China's Liaoning Province—identifying birds, insects, small mammals, and over a dozen species of the feathered or furred dinosaurs miraculously preserved there in the fossil record. Read full book review >

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GIANT DINOSAURS OF THE JURASSIC by Gregory Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Readers who just can't get enough on the topic will snap this up, but it's one of the banquet's blander courses. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
The author/illustrator of Feathered Dinosaurs of China (p. 43) looks closer to home, taking young dinophiles back 150 million years and focusing on species discovered in the Rocky Mountains' Morrison Formation. Read full book review >

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THEY ALL SAW A CAT by Brendan Wenzel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A solo debut for Wenzel showcasing both technical chops and a philosophical bent. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Wouldn't the same housecat look very different to a dog and a mouse, a bee and a flea, a fox, a goldfish, or a skunk? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1999

"The illustrations, despite their giddiness, have a decidedly old-fashioned feel, demonstrating Schindler's facility with nursery rhyme characterizations in finely inked cross-hatchings. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Some silly variations on the fates of familiar nursery rhyme characters add cheap laughs to traditional Mother Goose tales. Read full book review >