Search Results: "Fred Marcellino"


BOOK REVIEW

I, CROCODILE by Fred Marcellino
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"He's such an engaging sort that readers will surely forgive him for pulling down an occasional unwary passerby—a crocodile must eat, after all. (Picture book. 7-9)"
PLB 0-06-205199-7 More stylish invention from Marcellino (Natalie Babbitt's Ouch!, 1998, etc.), inspired by a 19th-century satire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PELICAN CHORUS by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"Lear never stales and Marcellino's luxurious productions add another fanciful dimension to such oddball entertainment. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Three fine and time-honored tales from Lear: ``The New Vestments,'' with its rollicking mob of ``beasticles, birdlings, and boys'' who make short work of the gentleman's farcical attire; ``The Owl and the Pussycat,'' in which the elegant fowl and the beautiful puss take their wedding vows under the bong tree, ministered by a turkey; and ``The Pelican Chorus,'' the bittersweet story of a young pelican who leaves family and home on the banks of the River Nile for the arms of the crane king. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUCH! by Natalie Babbitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 1998

"Street, forest, and water vistas share the rosy golden light of fairy tale; the whole is quite satisfying. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
A fine, comfortable storyteller's voice meets up with sly and elegant illustrations in this tale from the Brothers Grimm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF LITTLE BABAJI by Helen Bannerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Offered in a square format about an inch higher than the diminutive original, this remake combines a star illustrator and a story with proven appeal: You can't beat it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A children's classic gets the Michael Jackson treatment: lightened skin, fancy new dress, a bit of (editorial) cosmetic surgery and voila! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAINSCOTT WEASEL by Tor Seidler
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Twenty-one of the 50 elegantly rendered illustrations are in full color; Marcellino's gracious compositions, delicate modeling, and amiable characterizations are in perfect tune with the engagingly imaginative story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In the gentle spirit of Seidler's A Rat's Tale (1986), a fantasy set on eastern Long Island in a well-established woodland community of weasels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN by E.B. White
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1970

"However, when Louis raises his trumpet—to serenade the skeptical hotel clerk, for instance—or Mr. White pinions human foibles—'Kookooskoos' because 'a boy's camp should have a peculiar name'—reservations have a way of evaporating."
A swan with a speech defect. . . ? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMAGINARY FRED by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Not the solidest piece in the looking-for-a-friend genre. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginary person has needs of his own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER by Hans Christian Andersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Beautifully set in a wintry city of a hundred years ago (presumably Copenhagen): a handsomely designed book that respects the integrity of a favorite tale while giving it a fresh new interpretation. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A graceful, slightly abbreviated retelling that nicely captures Andersen's characteristic understated tone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRED & EDIE by Jill Dawson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A riveting story, not so much because of its tragic dimensions, but because of the remarkable degree to which Edie rises from the page to tell her tortured tale. Can the movie version, to be released here this year, compare?
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A third novel from British poet and editor Dawson (the YA How Do I Look, 1991, etc.), shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread and Orange Prizes and already a bestseller in the UK (30,000 copies thus far), works history and fiction seamlessly together in a complicated story of passion and murder that caused a sensation in England in 1922. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIREMAN FRED  by Lynn Rowe Reed
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"While the vocabulary is certainly easy and limited (alone and chief are the two hardest words), beginning readers will have heard enough stories about firefighters to spot the problems. (Early reader. 4-6)"
A title for beginning readers, this entry in the I Like to Read series follows Fireman Fred from the firehouse, out on a call and back again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRED FORGETS by Jarvis
by Jarvis, illustrated by Jarvis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Humorous but mean-spirited, this story about clever mind control that is only stopped by brute force is an unnecessary addition to the picture-book shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An impish monkey gets a comeuppance when pal Fred wakes up to some not-so-subtle mental bullying. Read full book review >