Search Results: "Ivan Bates"


BOOK REVIEW

FIVE LITTLE DUCKS by Ivan Bates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"As an excellent storytime read, this will encourage children to quack along—and quite likely, listeners young and old will slip into the song's familiar melody, printed on the final page. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Bates expertly applies full-page soft watercolor-and-pencil illustrations to the classic song. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUPPIES AND PIGGIES by Cynthia Rylant
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Comforting and carefree fare for tiny tots. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A bevy of farm creatures enjoy a few of their favorite things in this barnyard charmer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE, OH WHERE, IS SANTA CLAUS? by Lisa Wheeler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A surefire success for Santa storytimes. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Where, oh where, is there a delightfully fresh Christmas story? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE DARK NIGHT by Lisa Wheeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Bates's (Do Like a Duck Does, 2002, etc.) watercolors, with their touches of waxy tactility, move with surety and character between tension and sweet resolution. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The circumstances are fraught with trepidation as a few citizens of the forest, at opposite ends of the food chain, meet one another in the dark of the night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS by Sam McBratney
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"In his first book, Bates chooses a palette of dark purples, browns, and ambers; the mice seem sculpted from the gloom of the cellar. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this book, McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You, 1995, not reviewed, etc.) has crystallized every single detail into part of a winning formula. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE BROWN BUNNY by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A strong selection that showcases many basic concepts in an entertaining, fun-filled manner, and a solid choice for school or home. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A bright-eyed little bunny looks for playmates to share a sunny day in this engaging, energetic counting rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HIDE-AND-SCARE BEAR by Ivan Bates
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"Though a bit pat, the book addresses an important social skill for the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rambunctious bear thinks it is fun to scare all the other animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO LIKE A DUCK DOES! by Judy Hindley
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The rhyming text filled with repetitive phrases make this a natural for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Five little ducklings follow their mother and do what all ducks do, but when a sixth large and very hairy duckling joins the line, Mama Duck must use her ingenuity to root out the imposter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THERE, THERE by Sam McBratney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A pleasing portrait of a nurturing father-son relationship, McBratney's latest should find a warm welcome. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Fans of McBratney's best-known work, Guess How Much I Love You (illustrated by Anita Jeram, 1994), will recognize (and embrace) the cozy tone of this charming story about how to cope with mishaps. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW MANY KISSES DO YOU WANT TONIGHT? by Varsha Bajaj
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Cutesy, but a good bedtime story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Animal and human babies get smoochies in a saccharine, but snuggly, tucking-in rhyme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARMER DALE’S RED PICKUP TRUCK by Lisa Wheeler
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Luckily, this is one ride readers will look forward to taking over and over, allowing them to extract every bit of fun from the trip. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Plenty of wordplay and a rollicking rhythm turn a predictable plot into a practically perfect read-aloud. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA ELEPHANT’S IN CHARGE by Martin Jenkins
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"While not all grandmas will appreciate comparisons to the ponderous pachyderms, ones with a sense of humor will enjoy sharing this title with their grandchildren. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Human grandmas and preschoolers will relish this picture-book look at grandma elephant, "the most important member of an elephant family." Read full book review >