Search Results: "James Marshall"


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JAMES MARSHALL'S MOTHER GOOSE by James Marshall
POETRY
Released: Sept. 28, 1979

"When Marshall is good he's pretty funny, and when he's bad he's not horrid, merely flat."
You'll skip right through this Mother Goose—partly because Marshall's selections are consistently bouncy and light, but partly because his goofy, one-note pictures don't often invite poring over. Read full book review >

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THE GUEST by James Marshall
FICTION
Released: April 25, 1975

"This is patently a variation on Marshall's last successful matchmaking job, though as usual his cheerfully costumed blimps make a visual splash."
Maurice and Mona aren't the perfectly matched couple that George and Martha were. Read full book review >

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FOX ON THE JOB by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1988

"Marshall's comic illustrations, situations, and well-phrased text are sure to keep them reading."
In his sixth appearance, Fox is still amusingly ridiculous and recognizably human. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Like its predecessor, perfect for several uses, from picture-book hour to beginning reading."
With the same delightfully irreverent spirit that he brought to his retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood" (1987), Marshall enlivens another favorite. Read full book review >

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THREE UP A TREE by James Marshall
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1986

"Marshall's lively, cartoon-like illustrations are just right."
Spider, Sam and Lolly of Three by the Sea are back, with some competitive storytelling in a tree house. Read full book review >

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RAPSCALLION JONES by James Marshall
Released: Oct. 1, 1983

"Trite and lame."
Some hollow flimflam about an aging, needy fox who decides to become a writer. Read full book review >

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TAKING CARE OF CARRUTHERS by James Marshall
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1982

"A restorative tonic for the grumpiest bear."
Marshall begins with Eugene the turtle, who's written a story, reading it to grumpy Carruthers the bear. Read full book review >

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THE CUT-UPS CRACK UP by James Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Kids may not be aware of just how deft and economical Marshall's plotting is here, but they sure to be delighted with the lively events and wryly comical illustrations in this fifth in a popular series. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Irrepressible "cut-ups" Spud and Joe abandon their game of car crash to try to get a video of themselves in old enemy Principal Lamar J. Spurgle's new red convertible. Read full book review >

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PORTLY MCSWINE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: March 26, 1979

"Fetchingly ludicrous."
What if my party isn't amusing enough? . . . Read full book review >

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RATS ON THE ROOF by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: June 17, 1991

"Sure appeal; a natural for reading aloud. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-10)"
The author-illustrator of a fine array of comical easy readers, picture books, and creatively retold nursery tales adopts a new genre. Read full book review >

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POCKETFUL OF NONSENSE by James Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Fifteen traditional limericks and other nonsense rhymes, plus five in the same spirit by the late illustrator ("Antoinette Leach came in from the beach/with a lobster asleep in her curls..."), each visualized in fairly literal fashion, without many of the witty graphic embroideries at which Marshall was so adept. Read full book review >

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER WONDERFUL DOG by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1991

"Predictably unpredictable and genuinely funny; and, of course, the art here is not only wickedly satirical but done with exceeding skill. (Folklore/Picture book. 4+)"
Marshall doesn't retell this old favorite, as he did in his revisionary nursery tales (Red Riding Hood, 1987); he uses it as springboard for a series of outrageously risible illustrations of the jowly old lady and her jowly pet frequenting imaginatively conceived shops or cozily at home, reading The Daily Drool or engaged in other industrious or self-indulgent pursuits. Read full book review >