Search Results: "James Marshall"


BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE AND MARTHA BACK IN TOWN by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1984

"The magic, as always, is the economy of means."
Further episodes—some characteristically sly, each one engaging—in the delicately balanced friendship of portly hippos George and Martha. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA ENCORE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1973

The idyllic friendship of those shy pin-eyed, buck-toothed hippos ambles on through Martha's dance recital, George's unsuccessful attempt to disguise himself as an Indian, a French lesson ("Voulez-vous m'embrasser?"), and the planting of cut tulips in Martha's garden; it even survives Martha's bad case of sunburn because "George never said 'I told you so!'" The "two great chums," decked out here in dancing costumes and enormous horizontal striped bathing suits, have grown tamer since their first outing, but their ingenuous exercises in mutual admiration are worth the encore. Read full book review >

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FOUR LITTLE TROUBLES by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1975

"But it takes more than furnishing all the dumpy looking animals with clothes and cozy homes to make these very little fabrications worth the trouble."
With indifferently reproduced three color drawings and soft paper covers, this boxed package of four puny variations on a minimal theme is better suited to toting to the sandbox than returning to the library. Read full book review >

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WILLIS by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1974

"Again the buoyant blimpiness of Marshall's open-hearted creatures is paralleled in the disarmingly goofy delivery of his message."
All that unhappy Willis, a sort of potbellied crocagator, needs to cheer him up is a pair of sunglasses so that he can open his eyes and take in the fun on the beautiful beach, but though his new friends Bird, Snake, and Lobster are eager to help, they can only come up with ten cents toward the 29¢ glasses. Read full book review >

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RED RIDING HOOD by James Marshall
Kirkus Star
adapted and illustrated by James Marshall
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 30, 1987

"Bravo!"
A thoroughly modern, thoroughly charming retelling of the old favorite. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: March 29, 1972

"The pictures — of George trying to roller skate or to ascend in a balloon, of Martha gazing into the mirror — hold up their end of the 'lovable blimp' load, and though this George and Martha won't go down in history, they are worth looking in on."
"Five stories about two great friends" — a pair of hippos named George and Martha. Read full book review >

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HANSEL AND GRETEL by James Marshall
Released: Sept. 10, 1994

"Marshall's comic genius is less appropriate to this dark tale of betrayal than to 'Red Riding Hood' and 'The Three Little Pigs,' which better lend themselves to farce; but his fans will probably be delighted with this anyway."
Once again Marshall works his magic on a popular tale, retelling without reshaping it and infusing both text and pictures with ingenuous simplicity lit by flashes of roguish humor. Read full book review >

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YUMMERS! STARRING EMILY AND EUGENE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1973

"And Eugene is a model straight man."
Whereas in George and Martha (1972) Marshall portrayed a pair of lovably blimpy hippopotami without overt reference to their proportions, here he confronts the subjects of overweight and compulsive eating head on. Read full book review >

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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 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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FOX OUTFOXED by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations limned with Marshall's usual zest and verve; good comical fun. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
In his seventh appearance, Fox—always a bit too clever for his own good—gets three more just deserts: when he cheats by using little sister Louise as the engine of his homemade race car; when a neighbor gleefully absconds with the beloved comics he has mendaciously disparaged; and when Louise, abandoned in her Halloween pumpkin costume by the older kids, renders some delightfully novel and appropriate poetic justice. Read full book review >