Search Results: "G. Brian Karas"


BOOK REVIEW

IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Applegate reinterprets her Newbery-winning story about Ivan the shopping-mall gorilla for a younger audience of up-and-coming animal activists. Read full book review >

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FRACTIONS = TROUBLE! by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2011

"Familiar school concerns, nicely resolved, make this another excellent selection for early chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 7-10) "
Third-grader Wilson Williams knows he'll never learn fractions: "Multiplication was hard enough," he tells his pet hamster, Pip. 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 >

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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

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 >

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 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

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

TAP TAP BOOM BOOM by Elizabeth Bluemle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Cuddle up for a rainy-day adventure. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A sudden thunderstorm inspires an impromptu gathering of congenial strangers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAKE WAY FOR READERS by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2015

"Any adult who has ever read to a group of preschoolers will grin with delight over these familiar antics, and regular storytimers will enjoy seeing this favorite activity depicted. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Link nursery rhymes with storytimes, add animal characters and whimsical illustrations, and voilà: a rollicking, rhyming story. Read full book review >

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TIPPY-TIPPY-TIPPY, HIDE! by Candace Fleming
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"This pleasant follow-up will rightfully charm many readers, but it lacks the unique verve of its rollicking predecessor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The pesky bunny trio from Fleming and Karas's Muncha! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVILLE by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A fine treatment of a tried-and-true theme. (Picture book 4-6)"
A little boy, bereft over moving, makes strides toward feeling at home in his new neighborhood. Read full book review >