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

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

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

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

BIGMAMA'S by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"A grand alternative to the plethora of predictable books about white kids visiting grandparents on stereotypical family farms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beginning with the ride on the old Southern Railway car ("colored" says the sign on the wall), the sights, sounds, and warm delights of a summer visit to Grandma in Crews's own childhood—a three-day trip from somewhere up north. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2008

"Could be useful in classroom discussions on bullying. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
When Boy's adoptive grandmother Galifalia dies, he goes to the Luck Dragon compound and begs admittance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 11, 1999

"A safe collection, seldom veering from the canon. (index) (Poetry. 9-11)"
Hall (The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America, 1985, etc.), offers up a chestnut-flavored alternative for younger readers, matching roughly contemporary illustrations to one or two selections from each of 57 American poets. Read full book review >