Search Results: "Eve Merriam"


BOOK REVIEW

TEN ROSY ROSES by Eve Merriam
Released: April 30, 1999

"Readers will delight in the antics of a bright yellow butterfly that joins the class on the eighth rose and remains on hand until the bouquet is presented to Ms. Jones. (Picture book. 3-6)"
PLB 0-06-027888-9 Hot pink and lipstick red swirls on the endpapers set the tone for this eye-catching counting book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIGGLE WIGGLE by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Nifty. (Poetry. 2-6)"
``Happy'' is the right word for these 25 deftly constructed poems about childhood pleasures: sounds, making faces (``How to Be Angry'': ``Scrunch your eyebrows/up to your hair,/pull on your chin/and glare glare glare...''), animals, weather, food, riddles, counting, day's end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOW SONG by Eve Merriam
by Eve Merriam, illustrated by Pam Paparone
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The rich language, rhyme, and rhythm of the text make this an engaging story for preschoolers and a logical choice for new readers too, who might try writing their own 'High Song' sequels. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Merriam (Where's That Cat, 2000, etc.) has a poet's gift for the sort of lively language play that delights young children with just a few well-chosen words, such as "Heels / Wheels / Flippery seals and slippery eels." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUIET, PLEASE by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"Still, this small addition to a distinguished oeuvre can be used as a concept-extender or as inspiration for similar lists, while the words benefit from Hamanaka's visualization: spare, boldly rendered compositions, glowing with luminosity and richly saturated color. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The late poet lists quiet things—``Invisible writing of butterflies''; ``Bare feet on the dewy grass at dawn''; ``Moonlight making a checkerboard on a brick wall''; etc.—more like notes for a poem than a finished work, since the language isn't especially evocative and choices such as stars, snow, milkweed, or giraffes aren't particularly unusual. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT TO ANNIE by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 1992

"Not a standout, but attractive and usable. (Picture book. 2-7)"
From the late poet, an unrhymed alphabet in which every line suggests the drowsy time before dreamland: ``Jugglers have put aside their jiggling, jouncing balls'' or ``Waves wash over the shore with a hush, shush, shhh....Xebecs are slowly sailing in the Mediterranean mist.'' The subjects aren't exceptional, but Schwartz depicts them with precision and affection, including a gently rounded capital letter in each carefully structured illustration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INNER CITY MOTHER GOOSE by Eve Merriam
POETRY
Released: May 1, 1996

The Inner City Mother Goose ($16.00; May 1, 1996; 70 pp.; 0-689- 80677-9): First published in 1969, Merriam's collection of urban rhymes has not only held its power, but some of the pieces are even more resonant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWELVE WAYS TO GET TO ELEVEN by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 1993

"An attractive book that invites the logical investigation of more concepts than most counting books. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the late poet, a whimsical exploration of enumeration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIGHTING WORDS by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 1992

Dale, on his toy-sized farm, glares across the river at Leda, who stands tall as a skyscraper in her city. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOLE STORY by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"It's all first rate. (Picture book/poetry. 3-7)"
A clever poem teamed with tremendous design sophistication illuminates a simple idea for the very young. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAM BAM BAM by Eve Merriam
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"A real attention- getter, this book looks as harsh and raucous as it sounds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An in-your-face version of a 1966 action poem, with a retro look and feel (do demolition crews still use pickaxes and sledgehammers?). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POETRY
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Poetry. 9+)"
The late poet continued and commemorated her love affair with words in this mixture of new and old verses, the latter from out-of-print sources. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IN THE WORLD? by Eve Merriam
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The heavy stock used in the book's production will likely withstand rigorous and multiple flips of the flaps. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In yet another reworking of an old title (see Zolotow, below), Merriam's 36-year-old rhymed guessing game shows no signs of its age: Decked out in Phillips-Duke's colored, high-contrast artwork and fold-out pages, it is as fresh as ever. Read full book review >