Search Results: "Eric Maddern"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"There hasn't been a scarier crocodile since the one that ate Captain Hook. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
From the adapter of The Fire Children (p. 788), a tale that explains how man came to possess fire. Read full book review >

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THE KING AND THE SEED by Eric Maddern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Chuckle-worthy, and with a seed of wisdom at its core. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
In this European version of Demi's The Empty Pot (1990), an aging, childless king tests would-be successors by handing each a seed and telling him to plant it. Read full book review >

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THE FIRE CHILDREN by Eric Maddern
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

A warmhearted Akan pourquoi tale that explains why people come in so many different colors: When the first man and woman become lonely, they make children out of clay. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN A NUT by Eric Maddern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Like Yugi Morales's Just a Minute (2003), this may help to make the Reaper a little less Grim for younger readers. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
Maddern smoothly retells a tale learned from Scots storyteller Duncan Williamson. Read full book review >

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THE COW ON THE ROOF by Eric Maddern
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Andrew Glass (1998). (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
A competent retelling of the old tale of a farmer and his wife who switch roles for a day, with disastrous results for the farmer. Read full book review >

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NAIL SOUP by Eric Maddern
by Eric Maddern, illustrated by Paul Hess
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"While the tale is well-known, Hess's paintings, with their surrealistic settings, canted perspectives, mysteriously exotic traveler and softly transformed housewife, lend unexpected freshness. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
A Scandinavian variant of the familiar Stone Soup retold by Welsh storyteller Maddern. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Pitrone (The Dodges: The Auto Family Fortune and Misfortune, not reviewed, etc.) paints an acid-tipped portrait of a self-obsessed, heedless semi-star, but this account lacks any depth or perceptiveness. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A paint-by-numbers biography of the much-married singer, actress, comedienne, pitchwoman. Read full book review >

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COLOR COMMENTARY
by Julie Danielson

I’ve always found it difficult to answer the what’s-your-favorite-color question, as the answer depends entirely on my mood. (I like deep blues for more contemplative times, but I need sunny yellow to help wake me in the mornings.)

Perhaps it’s even harder for artists to pick a favorite color. Is it like asking them to pick a favorite child? I ...


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BOOK REVIEW

COUNTING DOGS by Eric Barclay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"A sense of fun, clear, uncluttered design, and construction that should hold up to heavy use make this board book's relatively high price well worth the extra expense. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A book bound in a box, with layered die-cut board pages within, introduces a variety of animals for young children to practice counting. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL? by Eric Carle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"This menagerie offers picture-book lovers of all ages a glimpse into each creator's style, personality and brand of humor. (biographies, photographs, websites) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cause-related anthologies are challenging to do well, but this one (benefiting the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art) succeeds admirably—on multiple levels. Read full book review >

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MADDY KETTLE by Eric Orchard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A sweet-mannered debut with plenty of lift, despite the abrupt and wide-open ending. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
Intrepid young Maddy encounters goblins, flying whales, and allies ranging from a friendly vampire bat to a pair of "cloud cartographers" in this kickoff chapter. Read full book review >

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THE ARTIST WHO PAINTED A BLUE HORSE by Eric Carle
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Eye-catching fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This bright new entry by an old pro should find a place on the long shelf of picture books about animals and colors. Read full book review >