Search Results: "Greg Spalenka"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EYES OF THE UNICORN by Teresa Bateman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Satisfyingly gorgeous. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A pretty story tenderly told and fabulously illustrated. 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

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"An appealingly colorful, deadpan account of a remarkably audacious and creative criminal. (glossary, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Geisel winner Pizzoli turns from early readers to biography with this story of a consummate 20th-century con man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WATERMELON SEED by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A humorous vignette with deliciously bright colors that leap from the page. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A watermelon-loving crocodile worries over a swallowed seed in this balmy tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THANK YOU BEAR by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"A smooth union of words and art to illustrate an important message. (Picture book. 3-5)"
One day Bear finds a small box, "the greatest thing ever," and sets out to give it to Mouse, certain he will love it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLOUGHBY & THE LION by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"In spite of this Foley's signature sweetness is definitely present and accounted for. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willoughby Smith doesn't much like his new home but learns that all is not lost when he discovers a magical wish-giving lion stuck on a rock in his backyard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLOUGHBY & THE MOON by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"A far cry from the usual fear-of-the-dark fare—and a strangely comforting and beautiful one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Close on the heels of his previous adventure (Willoughby and the Lion, 2009), young Willoughby faces his fears in the light of a disappearing moon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ICE CREAM KING by Greg McEvoy
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1998

"Illustrations reminiscent of Bill Peet's work complement this slim, silly story, suitable for preschoolers who can appreciate the in-joke about kings as well as the ice cream trimmings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
With dreams of dispensing ice cream to all his subjects, Lionel enrolls in King School; upon graduating, he sets out, diploma in hand, to seek a palace of his very own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PURPLE LITTLE BIRD by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2011

"Satisfying for the very youngest. (Picture book. 18 mos.-4)"
A small purple bird—Pierre is the name on his purple mailbox—who "love[s] everything purple" circumnavigates the world in search of the missing ingredient in his nearly perfect purple house: a little variety in color, as it turns out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEMPLETON GETS HIS WISH by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Moderately inspired but tired all the same. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Pizzoli's young cat, Templeton, gets what he wishes for, with predictable results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NUMBER ONE SAM by Greg Pizzoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A polished work, from the words to the finish on the race cars. (Picture book. 3-5)"
There's more than one way to be the big dog in the little bestiary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON’T WORRY BEAR by Greg Foley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"A great book to share with little ones who face a prolonged absence from a beloved friend or relative. (Picture book. 3-6)"
For the second in the Thank You Bear series, Foley once again manages to convey maximum message with minimal text and illustration. Read full book review >