Search Results: "Guy Parker-Rees"


BOOK REVIEW

NEVER ASK A DINOSAUR TO DINNER by Gareth Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"A silly bedtime read. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Rhyming text and boisterous art combine to deliver a string of humorous mini-cautionary tales leading up to a peaceful bedtime. Read full book review >

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ARE YOU MY DADDY? by Ilanit Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"It's in no way exceptional, but this interactive title will keep toddlers entertained in a pinch. (Board book. 2-4)"
In this interactive hide-and-seek adventure, Walt the Walrus searches the zoo for his daddy. Read full book review >

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DINOSAURUMPUS! by Tony Mitton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Despite fitting into a familiar genre, Mitton has somehow—perhaps through the rhyme, perhaps through sheer ebullience of language—tapped into a satisfying freshness that says stomping out a Dinosaurumpus is for anytime. (Picture book. 4-7)"
As long as there are kids, dinosaur books have less chance of extinction than the actual dinosaurs did. Read full book review >

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PLAYFUL LITTLE PENGUINS by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"This unnecessarily re-titled American edition of the British Perky Little Penguins will have story-timers tapping their toes and begging for repeat reads. (Picture book. 2-6)"
"Playful little penguins coming out today / looking for their furry friends . . . Here they are—hooray!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARMER JOE AND THE MUSIC SHOW by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 2009

"Ultimately the book falls short of the panache of other barnyard merriments, such as Martin Waddell's The Pig in the Pond, illustrated by Jill Barton (1992). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitton's modest, if mildly agreeable, contribution to the barnyard-hoedown genre opens with a bad case of malaise on Farmer Joe's spread. Read full book review >

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THE JUNGLE RUN by Tony Mitton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Fun for one or two reads, but, unlike Cub, it probably won't have much staying power. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Free-spirited artwork with colors of psychedelic intensity smooths the rather fitful nature of this race through the jungle. Read full book review >

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DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"A slice of tomfoolery, suitable to be read as a song, giving the action the kind of chipper and carefree spin it begs for. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A wacky romp of a tale, full of simple and buoyant verse and accompanied by electrically jazzy artwork, of a barnyard of creatures cutting it up down by the old waterhole. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BAD BUNNY by Alan Durant
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Big Bad Bunny is very, very funny. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Here comes Big Bad Bunny. He's coming to take your money!" Read full book review >

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GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE by Giles Andreae
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Gerald doesn't find himself; he simply learns how to mimic. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Andreae's ode to a different drummer stumbles when it preaches about uncovering your own beat, but is ferried along by enough sweet verse and Parker-Rees's dazzling colors that it almost pulls its own weight. Read full book review >

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SPOOKY HOUR by Tony Mitton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A safe choice for holiday reading, with a bit of counting practice thrown in. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Standing in for readers or listeners, an anxious-looking dog and cat look on as, once the clock strikes twelve, eleven witches, ten ghosts, and so on, troop through moonlit woods to the castle of witchy twins Mitch and Titch to chow down on "ONE GIGANTIC PUMPKIN PIE." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH’S BOAT! by Tony Mitton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Closing with a burst of color brought on by a pair of newly hatched butterflies, last seen fluttering off toward the rainbow arcing overhead, this makes a particularly buoyant version of the world's best-known cruise. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When the animals on the ark become bored and irritable, quick-thinking Noah proposes a talent show to give their energies an outlet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK CROW, BLACK CROW by Ginger Foglesong Guy
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 1991

"A happy fusion of unusual idea, melodious words, and charmingly lucid art. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A repetitive, lyrical text (``Black crow, black crow, what do you caw about?/What do you jaw about high in your tree?/I wake up my children, my small sleeping children...'')with just a few words changed in each versetakes a crow and her young through a day, from ``high in the sky'' to ``home in your nest.'' Parker pictures the young crows, who wear simple clothes and have toys, engaged in activities (eating, playing) paralleled by the child who asks the questions. Read full book review >