Search Results: "Diana Cain Bluthenthal"


BOOK REVIEW

MATILDA THE MOOCHER by Diana Cain Bluthenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"Children faced with moochers of their own will find only a modicum of consolation here. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An odd take on friendship in this brightly illustrated but unsatisfying book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I’M NOT INVITED? by Diana Cain Bluthenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"While it skirts the heavy issue of how to cope when a child is truly left out of an important gathering of peers, Bluthenthal's understanding tale offers readers the solace of knowing that everyone at one time or another struggles with feeling left out. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A sensitive tale takes a wry look at the sometimes prickly and often painful path of children's social relationships. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEANER THAN MEANEST by Kevin Somers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"She even makes the rats look sweet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This pedestrian telling of the mean-witch-goes-good story gets a saving fillip from the delightfully crabbed and scratchy artwork from Bluthenthal (Our Marching Band, p. 745, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TIGER CALLED THOMAS by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A heartening episode to share with any shy newcomer. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Now reissued with its third set of illustrations, this 1963 text of Zolotow's remains timeless—not least because the people in it, uncharacteristically, are named rather than generic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOT FUDGE HERO by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Funny and sweet. (Fiction. 7-11)"
In the Redfeather series, an easy-to-read chapter book—with short lines of text, rather than paragraphs—that highlights a boy's small triumphs and his camaraderie with his friend, Isobel, his budding friendship with the ``mean'' neighbor next door, and his affection for his mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST IN CASE by Judith Viorst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"A worthy addition to Viorst's Alexander stories. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Charlie likes to be ready for any eventuality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR MARCHING BAND by Lloyd Moss
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Hip hip hooray! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Just as he did with the wonderful Zin! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NANA HANNAH'S PIANO by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"Bluthenthal's brashly cartoonish illustrations are technically sophisticated, particularly nice in the swooping lines of Nana in tango mode. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Piano practice is the bane of a boy's existence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Cute, but lacking in the wit and vision of other recent works that deconstruct the notion of The Book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An enterprising little line grows up from a scribble and (once it achieves "neat"ness) makes its way through a volume of nursery rhymes, solving the characters' problems along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LA-DI-DA HARE by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Bluthenthal's animated illustrations are an excellent complement, in beachcombing colors of sand and surf, convincing in the depiction of a place awash in fresh, salt breezes. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Clever wordplay and a marvelous island bestiary distinguish this rhymed wonder quest from Lewis (Black Swan/White Crow, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A YEAR FULL OF HOLIDAYS by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Preschool and kindergarten teachers will find this a tool of limited utility, as they will have to look elsewhere for holidays outside the Christian tradition and for alternative-family arrangements. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Young children who are always looking forward to the next holiday (and the adults they pester) will appreciate this one, as long as they are white Americans of the basically Judeo-Christian variety. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2005

"Fans of the teen detective genre will like the clever but tame co-mingling by Cain (Dharma Girl, not reviewed, etc.) of series heroes from Drew up to Encyclopedia Brown (but no sign of Harriet the Spy)."
A stocking-stuffer tell-all by the "real" Nancy Drew follows the sleuth decade by decade. Read full book review >