Search Results: "Gail de Marcken"


BOOK REVIEW

CLEVER ALI by Nancy Farmer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though the text is lengthy for this format, it is replete with silly sound effects for a fun one-on-one read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ali has turned seven years old, and has taken the first step on the road to manhood: He's learning to be a royal pigeon-keeper like his father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUILTMAKERS JOURNEY by Jeff Brumbeau
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"An aerial map printed inside the jacket will be hidden by library processing, but young readers will pore over the rest of the art. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Billowing, jewel-toned patterns illuminate this visually and verbally lush prequel to The Quiltmaker's Gift (2001). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS HUNNICUTT’S HAT by Jeff Brumbeau
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Though the hats with live adornment have a certain amount of appeal, the overly long, somewhat pedantic story fails to convey in a meaningful way the intended message of respecting individual style, and the story's attempts at humor never achieve a satisfying fit. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Brumbeau and de Marcken (The Quiltmaker's Gift, 2001) turn their attention from a kindly but determined quilter and a greedy king to a kindly queen and a determined lady who wears a Parisian hat with a live chicken on top. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S SNOWING! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Though it lacks the flair and depth of others, the breadth and ease of the text make this a good introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The prolific Gibbons' latest is a utilitarian, beginner's look at snow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HORSES! by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 2003

"For interesting horse books, look anywhere else. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
This latest from the overly prolific Gibbons reads like an encyclopedia article but looks even worse due to shockingly abysmal artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNTRY FAIR by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But since there are more than 2,000 annual fairs in the United States, the best introduction is to go and visit one. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons (Spiders, 1993, etc.) cobbles together a host of country fairs—fun fairs and harvest fairs, art fairs and antique fairs—into one great megafair in this introduction to the countryside's most enduring, good-time institution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FRUITS WE EAT by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"This lacks the information of other nonfiction titles and the pizzazz of April Pulley Sayre's Go, Go, Grapes! (2012), but it may be just the ticket before a school trip to a farm. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The prolific Gibbons tackles fruits—how they grow, their parts, and what portions we eat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAVERS by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A great source for learning more about beavers and an incentive to get out in nature and see their handiwork. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Gibbons adds to her extensive nonfiction shelf with this informational guide to beavers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAURS! by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2008

"This very basic overview comes with a few dozen dino-names (with pronunciation guides) to practice, and leads naturally into the author's more detailed Dinosaur Discoveries (2005). (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Gibbons replaces her 1987 take on the topic (Dinosaurs—without the exclamation point) with a more populous and—usually—livelier primer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CORN by Gail Gibbons
by Gail Gibbons, illustrated by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Ho-hum. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Corn must be on preschool curricula, along with pumpkins, apples and harvest time: There's no other reason for this book, an adequate but unspectacular volume covering the history of corn (Indians, both South American and North American, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving—the standard story), types of corn and the different ways corn is used and grown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BE A GOOD DOG by Gail Page
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"The quirky humor in the brief text is matched by the funny antics of the floppy canine in the illustrations as he tries to be a good dog, but always in his own way. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Bobo is a large, white dog with a big, black nose who lives a pampered life alongside his fellow pet, a well-behaved cat who wears a proper apron when washing dishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALENTINE’S DAY IS... by Gail Gibbons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"With instructions for making a heart-shaped card, this makes a nice addition to Gibbons's holiday oeuvre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her signature style, Gibbons explains the origins, traditions and symbols of Valentine's Day. Read full book review >