Search Results: "G. Brian Karas"


BOOK REVIEW

ATLANTIC by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A lovely departure for the artist whose work usually makes readers laugh out loud. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Descriptions of the water and overviews of natural processes combine to make this a unique presentation of the story of the Atlantic Ocean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKIDAMARINK by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Each page fuels and satisfies expectations as the foldouts deliver their goods, and it is a testament to Karas's sweetly disarming artwork that these two don't appear an oddly matched couple, but made for one another. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This engaging piece of tomfoolery will be a fidgety reader's delight (though it must have been a bookmaker's nightmare). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AS AN OAK TREE GROWS by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2014

"Young readers may be charmed to realize that the tree sprout near the old oak's stump could by now be a sapling. This will invite repeat visits. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
From acorn to huge tree, an oak provides the focal point for this clear and simple look at over two centuries of change in a single landscape. Read full book review >

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THE VILLAGE GARAGE by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2010

"Inspired readers might head straight outside to their own yards, ready to weed the garden or rake leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The crew at The Village Garage works all spring, summer, autumn and winter, having fun while they patch potholes, clear leaves, plow snow, fix cars and keep their friendly town in good working order. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ZEUS by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Underplaying the old tale's violence (and leaving the gods' sexual 'fun' out altogether) without losing its general drift, the author crafts a robust but light alternative to the plethora of more conventional renditions available. (dramatis personae, author's note) (Picture book/mythology. 7-9)"
Adding a few details of his own (" ‘I'm Zeus, your brother,' said the victorious young god. ‘Let's play!' ") to ancient sources, Karas tracks the mighty lad as he grows up in hiding, forces his father Cronus to vomit up his older brother-and-sister gods, then frees his aunts and uncles the Cyclopes and Hundred-Handers to battle their own sibs, the Titans, for supremacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WINDY DAY by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"A cheeky, bracing take on a popular picture-book subject. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Curling away from a trade wind, a breeze gathers strength and blasts into a very calm town, sending hats, wigs, homework, clocks, spoons, and even lines of type sailing into the sky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE FARM, AT THE MARKET by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Simple but delectable. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
What goes on behind the scenes at a farmers market? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON EARTH by G. Brian Karas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Terrific. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-10)"
Really quite glorious in his simplicity, Karas in word and picture effortlessly imparts understanding of time, calendars, seasons and growth in the rotation and revolution of planet earth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEMONADE IN WINTER by Emily Jenkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"A tale of ingenuity, youthful determination and marvelous math. (Math picture book. 4-7)"
Why would anyone sell cold drinks on a blustery, winter day? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAZY LITTLE LOAFERS by Susan Orlean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A chuckle-inducing rant in the fine old tradition of Martha Alexander's Nobody Asked Me If I Wanted A Baby Sister (1971). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Struggling off to school beneath a huge backpack, a disgruntled child fulminates about how her urban world seems filled with babies lolling idly about. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANT AND HONEY BEE by Megan McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Look for further episodes. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
In this single-episode, upper-level easy reader, a pair of cohabiting insects get creative for a costume party, and even more so when things gang agley. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUT YOUR EYES UP HERE by Kalli Dakos
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2003

"Teachers in second- through fourth-grade classrooms will find this a useful and amusing addition to classroom libraries. (Poetry. 7-9)"
Dakos, an elementary-school reading specialist, offers another school-themed collection of poetry, this time describing a school year in an unusual classroom. Read full book review >