Search Results: "Jack E. Davis"


BOOK REVIEW

PUTTING THE MONKEYS TO BED by Gennifer Choldenko
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"With bedtime-story shelves bursting, this is one that can be set aside. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Those monkeys just don't want to sleep! Read full book review >

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DIRTY JOE THE PIRATE by Bill Harley
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Clever rhyming, plus illustrations filled with colorfully clad pirates and soiled laundry hoist the audience appeal here to the tiptop of the mast. (Picture book. 5-9)"

BOOK REVIEW

MY LAST CHANCE BROTHER by Amy Axelrod
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Though this describes a less nuanced relationship than Polacco's My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (1994) or Kellogg's Much Bigger Than Martin (1976), it may persuade feuding sibs to lighten up, at least temporarily. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this bellyaching monologue, a child presents a litany of offenses to justify his birthday wish that prankish older brother Gordon turn into a bug overnight. Read full book review >

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THEY’LL BELIEVE ME WHEN I’M GONE by Amy Axelrod
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"More wish-fulfillment featuring the contentious sibs introduced in My Last Chance Brother (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Young Max may be surrounded by laughing skeptics, but he's utterly convinced that aliens are going to take him away from his pesky big brother Gordon, broccoli, and similar nuisances. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARSUPIAL SUE by John Lithgow
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The oversized format, double-page spreads, and professional, witty CD make this a natural for reading aloud (and singing along) with a group. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Marsupial Sue must learn that lesson that so many picture-book heroes and heroines have learned before: just be yourself and follow your own "marsupial star," whatever that felicitous phrase might mean. Read full book review >

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PEANUT BUTTER AND HOMEWORK SANDWICHES by Lisa Broadie Cook
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"A funny riff on the ever-popular dog-ate-my-homework theme; would that every child's homework excuses were as legitimate as Martin's. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When a beloved teacher is replaced by a substitute for the week, Martin lives out every homework excuse in the book. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHIE FEATHERSPOON by Cathy Stefanec Ogren
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Spacious typeface, predictable story line, wacky cartoon illustrations, and raucous humor add up to another enjoyable title in the Ready-for-Chapters series. (Fiction. 7-10)"
High-flying antics and over-the-top silliness bring this tall tale to life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GULF by Jack E. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant narrative braced by a fierce, sobering environmental conviction."
A sweeping environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that duly considers the ravages of nature and man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT by Zachary Shapiro
ABC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Noah's Ark stories are as plentiful as starfish in the sea, but this offering from a first-time author has something new to say: Cooperation and support in tough times can keep a boatload of buddies afloat. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)"
The animals pile into the Ark, two by two, bringing along their umbrellas, rain hats and take-out pizza for the journey. Read full book review >

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I AM THE DOG by Daniel Pinkwater
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A very snug collaboration; must have been the homework that tipped it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This amiable and impressive walk for Pinkwater breezily showcases his skill as a comic storyteller and how that skill is a smooth handoff to an illustrator. Read full book review >

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MOOSE TRACKS! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Neat freaks and most parents will be eager to share this breezy outing with the slobs in their lives. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Overlaid with hoofprints, but also filled floor to ceiling with clutter and bric-a-brac, Davis's full-bleed domestic scenes furnish a backdrop to an unseen narrator's mystified rhyme, as an array of wildlife looks on: "There are wood chips in my guest bed, / but a beaver spent the night. / He got hungry, and the bedpost / looked so good, he took a bite. / Wood chips, I remember. / But who left all these moose tracks?" Read full book review >

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WOULD I EVER LIE TO YOU? by Caralyn Buehner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp2006, this offers just deserts for pranksters everywhere. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A young narrator afflicted by an older relative with a fondness for playing head games finally exacts sweet revenge. Read full book review >