Search Results: "Hiawyn Oram"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1999

"Such lessons can't undercut the charm of this tale; Varley's watercolors are attractive and pleasing and add generously to the antic proceedings. (Picture book. 3-9)"
This cautionary tale from Oram (Just Dog, 1998, etc.) has a lot of wit and sparkle, coming to a breathless close almost before it's begun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABA YAGA AND THE WISE DOLL by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Russian'' in style, but it is excellent witchy stuff. (Picture book/folklore. 6- 10)"
Superb artwork enhances this offbeat, minimalist retelling of the old Russian folktale in which Baba Yaga the witch is outwitted by an innocent little girl, with the help of a magic doll bequeathed to her by her now-dead mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FILBERT by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"For fans of Ferdinand and anyone who wants to share the message of celebrating or at least respecting differences. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An adorable little fiend that looks a bit like a Wild Thing is—disappointingly—anything but. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF THE BLUE by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"An inviting book, with enough comical surprises, satirical insights, and flashes of lyricism to keep readers reading. (Poetry/Picture book. 5-10)"
From red to violet, with the usual extras, Oram comes up with a dozen or so poems for each hue, grouped across several spreads with McKee's lively illustrations featuring appropriate colors and cleverly incorporating characters and text. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING TO GRANDPA’S by Hiawyn Oram
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A mellow tempo infuses what otherwise would be a nerve-fraying piece of travel madness, all warmly abetted by Joos's watercolors. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A curious but effective blend of gentleness and energy give this book from the team that created Kiss It Better (not reviewed) the fillip it needs to catch and hold the attention of the very young. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RECKLESS RUBY by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"The stereotype- bashing is heavy-handed, but the perky text and wickedly zany illustrations are witty enough to retrieve the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ruby glows like a jewel; her mother calls her ``precious'' and hopes ``she'll grow up and marry a prince who'll wrap her in cotton and only bring her out for glittering banquets.'' On the advice of friend Harvey, Ruby spends the book in progressively more reckless acts calculated to win her a new image; she gets injured a lot, but finally gets her wish—plus Harvey's admiration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNTING LEOPARD'S SPOTS by Hiawyn Oram
ANIMALS
Released: June 20, 1998

"Warnes has an impressive knack for summoning the African landscape in expressive forms and very few colors. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
Although the language of the originals seems to have been oversimplified (there are no notes or sources given), these ten retellings about African animals—how the gluttonous zebra got its vulgar stripes, how the boastful hippo lost his silken hair and acquired his nocturnal habits, and more—remain thoroughly entertaining. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BOY WANTS A DINOSAUR by Hiawyn Oram
ANIMALS
Released: April 24, 1991

"Oram tells her familiar tale with imagination and dry wit, nicely matched in the energetically comic illustrations: these dinosaurs have real style and charm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``A boy wants...a boy should have...,'' asserts Grandfather, and takes him to the four-story, glass-encased, dinosaur-shaped Dino-Store to choose one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CREEPY CRAWLY SONG BOOK by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"It would be fun to package this with Fleischman's Joyful Noise (1988) and Osborne's Spider Kane mysteries (p. 667) for kids who've outgrown Eric Carle's creepy-crawlies. (Song book. 8-12)"
Verbal, musical, and visual wit: 17 songs, with simple piano accompaniments, about centipedes, head lice, snails, and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FRIEND FRED by Hiawyn Oram
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"It's a doggone shame that didacticism mars the depiction of a young owner's relationship with her beloved pup. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A young girl shares a special bond with Fred, her family's pooch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LET’S DO THAT AGAIN! by Hiawyn Oram
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

After her mother playfully sneaks up on her, Little Brownmouse cries, "Let's do that again!" Mrs. Brownmouse patiently replies, "Hmm, not now, because right now it's time to go home." Read full book review >