Search Results: "Fred Marcellino"


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

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 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 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 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

CAST AWAY ON THE LETTER A by Fred
Kirkus Star
by Fred, illustrated by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Not since Carroll's Alice has there been such a marvelous and incredible adventure. (visual glossary, index, maps) (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)
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A charming French import first published in 1972 and now translated into English for the first time about a boy who falls down a well and finds himself in a strange, whimsical world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUSPENDED CASTLE by Fred
by Fred, illustrated by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"While the whimsy and wonder run high, the narrative contrivances intrude more than in its predecessors. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
Philemon is back on—or rather in—the map with his friend Mr. Bartholomew, where they must help more peculiar inhabitants of the nonsensical map-world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILD PIANO by Fred
by Fred, illustrated by Fred, translated by Richard Kutner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Easily eclipsing the decades, this mind-bending fantasy blends familiar literary allusions, psychedelic settings, and just the right smattering of fun. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
Philemon (Cast Away on the Letter A, 2014) returns in another whimsical romp to revisit the letter A and free his friend Bartholomew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO CHEER UP DAD by Fred Koehler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2014

"Welcome Little Jumbo! We hope we'll see more of you. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In Koehler's picture-book debut, Little Jumbo repeatedly tries the patience of his dad but then does his best to make everything better. Read full book review >