Search Results: "Donald Saaf"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ABC ANIMAL ORCHESTRA by Donald Saaf
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Preschoolers may not know all of the creatures (aardvark, kiwi, ibex), but they will have fun pointing out what's happening and connecting letters with them. Isn't that what alphabet books are supposed to do? (Picture book. 2-4)"
The title says it all—kind of. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUMP UP! by Dan Zanes
by Dan Zanes, illustrated by Donald Saaf
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"There is little need for the cardboard sleeve pasted to the inside cover; the CD will not reside there long. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Infectious, joyous and zany are a few words that come to mind to describe Zanes and his music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT DO DUCKS DREAM? by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Who would have thought a cat might dream of wearing red high heels? (afterword) (Picture book. 5-7)"
With a nod to Freud for her inspiration, Ziefert suggests that animals dream just as people do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN LITTLE SLEEPYHEADS by Elizabeth Provost
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Still-wakeful young listeners, if there are any, will be more than willing to take a repeat ride. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this inventive bedtime countdown, ten different insects—portrayed in sleepwear but with distinctive physical features, and even identified on the endpapers—drop off one by one around or inside a hollow tree: "Ten little sleepyheads / talking to their toys. / One falls asleep / in the middle of the noise." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUSHKIN MEETS THE BUNDLE by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"This take on the new-baby situation is rendered in bright, flat gouache colors; there is a fair amount of humor in the illustrations and Saaf shows a nice command of visual pattern and repetition, full of child appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pushkin, a very personable white dog in a red sweater, loves his life, living with his people, Kate and Michael, on a quiet street, sharing their lives and sleeping in their bedroom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKINNY BROWN DOG by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"A tasty treat for reading aloud that should get a rave reception. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After a scrawny stray wanders into his bakery, Benny the polar bear lures the well-dressed dog out with a piece of bread and the words, "A bakery isn't anyplace for a dog." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DONALD TRUMP by Jill Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A prefab profile that will be outdated long before it becomes available. (source notes, timeline, further reading, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
A quick scan of the recently elected chief executive's family, background, and campaign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EASTER BUNNY THAT OVERSLEPT by Priscilla Friedrich
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Altogether, a charming minor classic in tawdry new dress. (Picture book. 5-7)"
This protean holiday tale's third redaction (1st edition, 1957, illustrated by Adrienne Adams; revised edition, 1983, re-illustrated by Adams) has been dumbed down "for a new generation" (as the Publisher's Note has it) and paired to stiff, coarsely painted collages constructed in part from clipped photos and patterned wallpaper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Voters ready to pull the trigger one way or another probably won't be swayed by these revelations, but they are highly damning indeed."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes aim at his longtime bête noire, "a modern P.T. Barnum selling tickets to a modern variation of the Feejee Mermaid." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELEMENOPEO by Harriet Ziefert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Though perhaps not up to Thatcher Hurd's Art Dog (1996), this cat displays a promising imagination, and young readers, whatever their artistic proclivities, will enjoy making his acquaintance. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Meet Elemenopeo, a chubby black-and-white cat who takes pride in being able to come and go as he pleases, but discovers a hidden talent when his cat door is closed for repairs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF AFRICA by Isak Dinesen
Released: March 1, 1937

"Anecdotal — incidental — in character, but it is the manner of telling that gives it such rare charm, the fluency and case and delightful with and subtlety, which characterized her Seven Gothic Tales."
The author of Seven Gothic Tales — presents here reminiscences of twelve years on a coffee farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. Read full book review >