Search Results: "Helen Oxenbury"


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"Eight of these charming little books is not too many!"
A gifted British author-illustrator continues the saga of a cheerful toddler and his toy monkey, first met in four titles in 1988. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 30, 1988

"Wonderful."
From one of the finest practitioners of the art of the picture book for the youngest children, four disarming vignettes about a toddler and his toy monkey: Pippo, who has played in the mud, goes into the washing machine after a poignant kiss goodbye in case he never gets out; after a walk on a cold day when both Tom and Pippo fall into a puddle, Mommy gives them separate baths and a warm drink together by the fire; Tom likes to do what Daddy does—including scolding poor Pippo as instigator when Tom makes a mess by "helping" with the painting; and when Daddy is tired of reading to Tom, Tom "reads" to Pippo. Read full book review >

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TOM AND PIPPO ON THE BEACH by Helen Oxenbury
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"As always, Oxenbury's warm, skillfully drafted sketches and beautifully observed watercolors are perfection. (Picture book. 1-5)"
It's grand to have the toddler and his toy monkey back for another visit. Read full book review >

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IT'S MY BIRTHDAY by Helen Oxenbury
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The pencil and pale wash illustrations are also distinctive Oxenbury: amiable, affectionate, and like old pals by the end of the story. (Picture book. 2+)"
A sweet young epicene sets out to bake a birthday cake. Read full book review >

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PIG TALE by Helen Oxenbury
illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Released: Nov. 21, 1973

"Oxenbury's fleshy pigs are pictured with a free-and-easy flair; her rhymed text has some bright touches too, although it tends to become monotonous toward the end as it bounces along in the service of the overly familiar concept."
From the 1970 Kate Greenaway Medal winner, another reminder that the simple life is where it's at and animals should definitely not wear clothing. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1987

"Excellent choices for independent browsing and reading aloud."
These delightful, action-filled "Big Board Books" show toddlers—black, white and Oriental—interacting with each other and care-givers of both sexes. Read full book review >

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NUMBERS OF THINGS by Helen Oxenbury
Released: June 1, 1968

"Children will have to stay alert to count the separate objects they're not neatly lined up but this would do handsomely as, say, a second counting book."
Numbers of things to count: ONE one lion, two cars, six acrobats, ten animals, twenty balloons, fifty ladybugs which indicates the numerical range, the spread of subjects, doesn't suggest the variety achieved in fourteen tall, skinny illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE THREE LITTLE WOLVES AND THE BIG BAD PIG by Eugene Trivizas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Oxenbury provides dauntingly well- executed watercolors, offering such charming contrasts as an angular modernistic concrete home in an otherwise pastoral setting. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Never mind the other incarnations of this tale—classic, fractured, rapped; this inversion will have children giggling from the outset. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN JACK AND THE PIRATES by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"Gently and agreeably thrilling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jack, Zack, and Caspar (King Jack and the Dragon, 2011) are back in an adventure by the seaside, complete with stormy waters…and pirates!Read full book review >

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS by Lewis Carroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"An outstanding rendition equally suited to reading aloud or alone. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Every bit as handsome as its Greenaway Medal-winning predecessor (1999), this edition of young Alice's second venture beyond the everyday world features a text printed in a comfortably legible font on creamy paper, well supplied with vignettes, sepia figures and full-color scenes done in Oxenbury's trademark pale hues and delicate lines. Read full book review >

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FARMER DUCK by Martin Waddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"MPQUOTEPAGECOUNT 58): a book with all the marks of a nursery classic. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A faithful duck labors while the indolent farmer lazes in bed, eating candy and occasionally inquiring, "How goes the work?"—to which the duck replies, "Quack!" Read full book review >