Search Results: "Derek Anderson"


BOOK REVIEW

STORY COUNTY by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Chicken rocking her eggs to sleep, here's a cheery invitation to children to imagine stories or story stages of their own. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In a fit of metafictional worldbuilding, Farmer and four animals march gaily onto blank pages and proceed in steps to build a barn, pour out brown fields (from a bag of "Instant Farm Field"), plant tall cornstalks and haystacks, erect a scarecrow (a princess, thanks to Miss Cow) and finally paint in an evening sky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN PIGS by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"Toddlers will enjoy this, the cleanest piggy count ever. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ten pigs in a tub?! That can't be fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER TRUCK MANIA! by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"A treat for Hot Rod fans as well as lovers of trucks and carnival rides. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hot Rod Hamster takes the fair by storm! Read full book review >

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GLADYS GOES OUT TO LUNCH by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Like Gladys's bananas, Anderson's story is simple comfort food, with eye-candy artwork providing a welcome dash of spice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gladys is a gorilla (never mind that she's purple, for there is more color on these pages than a harlequin's Technicolor dream coat). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW THE EASTER BUNNY SAVED CHRISTMAS by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A fast pace, broad humor and silly puns add to the effort, as do the super-sized illustrations in neon-bright, jewel tones, but the overall effect is rather frenetic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Santa is injured by a falling toy train on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus phones the Easter Bunny to save the day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE BURT AND WIGGLES by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A pure pleasure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Two best friends fail to keep summer from ending, but won't let winter end their friendship. Read full book review >

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ROMEO AND LOU BLAST OFF by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Anderson's serviceable acrylics aren't a match for his clever tale, which will allow young listeners to proudly display their superior knowledge of what's what. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Animal pals go on a wild adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER THE RIVER by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Musical arrangement, with full lyrics, on the endpapers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Anderson keeps most of the classic Thanksgiving song's lyrics, but puts a decided twist on its customary scenario. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN HUNGRY PIGS by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A snack-time (and storytime) treat. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Peanut-butter-and-jelly's a great snack for a pig and a duck…until nine unwanted guests show up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKING DRAGONS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Morning-routine stories abound, but for the very young this one bounces with exuberance. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Normally you don't want to wake the dragon… Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOT ROD HAMSTER by Cynthia Lord
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Young car enthusiasts won't be the only ones enamored of this hot-rodding rodent and his big canine buddy. (Picture book. 2-7)"
There's a hot-rod race at 4 Paws Speedway, and Hamster has a need for speed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BALLYHOO BAY by Judy Sierra
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"A pleasant romp into the serious business of the environment and democracy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mira Bella heads to the beach each Saturday to teach art to both humans and sea creatures, who use wings, fins, claws, tentacles and hands to equally enthusiastic effect. Read full book review >