Search Results: "Jacqueline Chwast"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW RABBIT LOST HIS TAIL by Ann Tompert
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

"Tompert has fashioned a good and simple porquoi tale from the Native American legend; Chwast's bold, color-drenched artwork, woodcut in style, gives the story a welcome verve. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
Seneca legend has it that Rabbit once had a long and flowing tail; Tompert (A Carol for Christmas, 1994) and Chwast offer a sturdy look at just how he lost it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARLIGHT AND CANDLES by Fran Manushkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"This fond introduction, full of information, effectively conveys the warms spirits of one family's weekly rituals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Manushkin (My Christmas Safari, 1993, etc.) affectionately depicts a contemporary Jewish family keeping Sabbath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT ARE ROSES FOR? by Sandol Stoddard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"The words and pictures will enchant toddlers, while the ideas will give older children much to contemplate. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Another successful effort from Stoddard and Chwast, who collaborated on I Like You (1965). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOBO'S SMILE by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2012

"Unfortunately, the well-meaning message is delivered by a character whose lack of affect has no likely appeal for the intended preschool audience. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A particularly poker-faced clown searches far and wide for happiness after the circus closes, only to find it after a most unexpected and unpleasant event. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWELVE CIRCUS RINGS by Seymour Chwast
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Ingeniously constructed and designed with panache: a delightful addition to the genre. (Picture book. 3-9)"
The graphic designer who created The Alphabet Parade (1991) returns with an even more ebullient counting book patterned on ``The Twelve Days of Christmas'': ``In the fifth circus ring, my sister saw with me five dogs a-barking, four aerialists zooming, three monkeys playing, two elephants, and a daredevil on a high wire''—and so on, each spread exhibiting, for each of the numerals, new acts and performers, all of whom the reader is challenged to add up, variously, at the end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GET DRESSED! by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A clever, dapper package. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A fashion lookbook for the preschool set—including a soup pot and a skirt made of envelopes? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAD GADYA by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Backmatter includes the musical score and the original Aramaic version with suggestions for dramatic acting, as well as a good explanation by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld on the history and symbolic meaning of the song. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"Had Gadya" or "One Little Goat" traditionally brings the annual Passover Seder to a close as families jubilantly sing each portion over and over again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. MERLIN AND THE TURTLE by Seymour Chwast
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The humor is never pushy and always on target. (Picture book. 4+)"
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin are bored with their pet turtle, so Mr. Merlin turns it into a bird. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOCTOR DOLITTLE by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Whether this meets a real need is debatable, but the format has its appeal for children still working on reading skills. (Graphic classic. 7-10)"
Following successful graphic adaptations of Canterbury Tales (2011) and The Odyssey (2012), Chwast ups the ante with Hugh Lofting's more challenging classic. Good luck.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MIRACLE OF HANUKKAH by Seymour Chwast
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Additional fare for the holiday shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Earthy, muted watercolor drawings with blue outlined cartoon-styled characters show the Hanukkah story, from the looting and destruction of the Temple to the Maccabees' victory to the eight day miraculous burning of one day's supply of oil to the prime significance of the word "Hanukkah." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALPHABET PARADE by Seymour Chwast
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Crisp, clean design, amusing detail. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A cheerfully inventive array of characters march across the airy white space of this generously sized, square book, observed by a continuous row of spectators who also contribute to the fun and to the letter connections— which are listed at the end (as few as four for ``Xx,'' 35 for ``Ss''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANTE’S DIVINE COMEDY by Seymour Chwast
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"An achievement kindred to R. Crumb's Genesis (2009), though less literal and more compressed."
In his first graphic novel, one classic artist channels another. Read full book review >