Search Results: "Emma Stevenson"


BOOK REVIEW

KILLER ANTS by Nicholas Nirgiotis
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"A solid look at some species that are simultaneously fascinating and horrifying. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Nirgiotis brings to life the eerie world of killer ants. Read full book review >

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EGGS by Marilyn Singer
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2008

"An unusual take on a familiar subject. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Birds and spiders, most insects, fish, amphibians and even a few mammals lay eggs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"A thoroughgoing but sprightly biography of a fascinating outlander in our midst. (glossary, timeline, bibliography, notes, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Unlike Piltdown Man or Nebraska Man, Kennewick Man was the real, hoary deal, and Kirkpatrick here introduces him to young readers. Read full book review >

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CORN-FED by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"But readers overwhelmed by the recent tsunami of daffy, clever verse will find the reflective, faintly elegiac tone here a cornsiderable relief and a different reason to smile. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Despite the title, Stevenson's latest corncatenation of poems and pictures, or at least its second half, has an urban flavor, from buses full of children "[l]ooking for the universe" pulling up to the Hayden Planetarium to "I love dawn, / Especially with / New York City / under it" paired to a skyline. Read full book review >

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THE WORST PERSON'S CHRISTMAS by James Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"As usual, Stevenson's expertly scribbled illustrations are more than half the fun—eye-pleasing and witty. (Picture book. 4+)"
It was inevitable that this perennial Scrooge would finally encounter Christmas and mellow just a bit; still, fans should be amused by his typically curmudgeonly shenanigans before an unpremeditated sled journey precipitates him into a neighborhood party that softens him up in spite of himself. Read full book review >

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THE MUD FLAT OLYMPICS by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A lovely early chapter book that adults will find difficult to resist sharing aloud. (Fiction/Easy reader. 4-10)"
The animals' sports meet is the most good-natured of field days, from the eagerly anticipated arrival of the opossum Burbank with the torch to the celebratory picnic when Ardsley and Hastings (elephants) sing a duet as the others drift contentedly off to sleep. Read full book review >

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THE OLDEST ELF by James Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Created by an elf who's no where near Elwyn's age, this Christmas fantasy is written with sweetness and wit, infused with nostalgia for the good old days, and brimming with appeal for the good old now. (Picture book. 5+)"
In Santa's up-to-the-minute workshop, video games beep, battery-operated toys are the order of the day, and Blitzen has been replaced by a female reindeer, Josephine. Read full book review >

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MONTY by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: March 27, 1992

"Typically delightful Stevenson wit, in both the economical, cartoon-style drawings and the spare, pungent dialogue. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Arthur (a frog) and Doris (a duck) and Tom (a rabbit) depend on Monty (an alligator), or anyhow they walk on him: he swims them across the river on the way to school, and they've begun to take him for granted (``Let's see some speed, Monty!''). Read full book review >

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THAT'S EXACTLY THE WAY IT WASN'T by James Stevenson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 26, 1991

Stevenson's agile line, inimitable wit, and child appeal are undiminished as Grandpa and his little brother Wainey argue their way through still another hilarious cartoon reconstruction of their extraordinary youth, contradicting each other on every detail (``that was not a cave,'' corrects Uncle Wainey, ``It was an iguana's mouth'') of a tall-tale adventure involving a landslide, a volcano, and ice cream for dessert.~(Picture book. 4-9) Read full book review >

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MUD FLAT APRIL FOOL by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Tongue-in-cheek humor, delivered in deft and funny chapters. (Fiction. 6-8)"
April Fools' Day brings out the joker in Mud Flat's animal residents: George the fox breaks out his squirting lapel rose, Newt the gator tries the old dollar-on-a-string trick, a mole produces a note that she claims was left by space aliens. Read full book review >

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THE CASTAWAY by James Stevenson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Young travelers, timorous or otherwise, will chuckle. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stevenson continues the adventures of his usually intrepid mouse Hubie (The Stowaway, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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CORNFLAKES by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2000

"Tailor-made for sharing, in class or on a lap. (Poetry. 7-9, adult)"
Picking up where his third gathering of poetry and pictures (Candy Corn, 1999) left off, Stevenson gives wry or gently sentimental twists to 25 more everyday sights: fathers and sons in the park; bicyclists; old people and buildings; his paintbox; his wastebasket; a mountainous hamburger. Read full book review >