Search Results: "Greg Clarke"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERY OF UFOS by Judith Herbst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A mesmerizing picture book of flying saucer lore as enticing as a book of ghost stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLOOD-HUNGRY SPLEEN by Allan Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Acrylic illustrations extend the humorous tone of the poems, and excretory system pieces in particular carry their own yuck value. (Poetry. 8-12)"
An overlong collection of poetry seeks to explicate seemingly every single body part and function—and then some: "Your sturdy ankle, strong and straight / its whole life it does dedicate / to holding up your body's weight." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO RAISE MOM AND DAD by Josh Lerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Clarke illustrates each recommended course of conduct as a set piece, nicely strung together as pearls of sisterly wisdom. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An older sister gives her younger brother parenting advice in Lerman's resonant, jesting story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORLDS APART by Gary Soto
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2005

"Clarke's comical, cartoonish illustrations contribute to the sense of exuberance and discovery in this disarming tribute to boyhood friendship and sweet, goofy travelogue for the armchair explorer. (Poetry. 8-12)"
The unnamed boy narrator and his best friend Fernie travel all over the world—in their wildest dreams—in Soto's winning follow-up to Fearless Fernie (2002). Read full book review >

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GREG PIZZOLI
by Megan Labrise

As a young reader, Greg Pizzoli found illustrated history books too sanitized and sententious.

“Nobody wants to hear that story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree and how he was good all the time,” says Pizzoli, author-illustrator of The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon. “Whatever ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HOW MANY DAYS TO MY BIRTHDAY? by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Danny's state of mind is not so much exaggerated as emphasized with a wry good humor that just may give kids a clue as to how their elders see them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's a book that's as focused as its small protagonist, who can't wait for the big day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETTY’S NOT WELL TODAY by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"This first American edition is well worth the price of a sturdy paperback. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A girl and her doll are sick in bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

E I E I O by Gus Clarke
adapted by Gus Clarke, illustrated by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-7)"
Any new edition of ``Old MacDonald'' needs a compelling novelty to justify its existence; here, the author-illustrator of Eddie and Teddy (1991) comes up with an elaborate scheme of incorporating the animals' ``quacks,'' ``moos,'' etc., in cartoon-style balloons that are cleverly integrated into the text on the verso pages where they are first introduced; on the rectos, the animals assemble in their increasing numbers to issue a comical cacophony for new readers to sort out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN GREEN MONSTERS by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"After he gets his just deserts, young readers are sure to go back to the beginning to check out the preceding byplay once again; fortunately, the sturdy pages and binding should withstand plenty of rereadings. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An unusually appealing book with a number of surefire features, not least of which are the eponymous monsters ``standing on the wall'' who, one by one, ``accidentally fall'' in the classic tradition—as revealed by opening a broad flap on each spread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCRATCH `N' SNIFF by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Clarke's dry wit is evident in every line of this wry tale; his humorous illustrations of the bumbling but lovable Sniff and the crafty but harmless Scratch enliven an already comical text. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A clever plot masterminded by a shrewd feline is the basis of this engaging olfactory mystery by Clarke (Ten Green Monsters, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIFFRAFF by J. Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Broad but lively humor, with a not-too-obvious moral or two. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of a YA book about some comically bizarre parents—Al Capsella and the Watchdogs, 1991—zeros in on an equally bizarre preadolescent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PANTS PROJECT by Cat Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A fine addition to LGBTQ children's literature. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a few months, Liv effects a major change in his new middle school's antiquated dress code while simultaneously acquiring the courage to come out as transgender. Read full book review >