Search Results: "James Stevenson"


BOOK REVIEW

MUD FLAT APRIL FOOL by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"Tongue-in-cheek humor, delivered in deft and funny chapters. (Fiction. 6-8)"
April Fools' Day brings out the joker in Mud Flat's animal residents: George the fox breaks out his squirting lapel rose, Newt the gator tries the old dollar-on-a-string trick, a mole produces a note that she claims was left by space aliens. Read full book review >

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THE CASTAWAY by James Stevenson
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Young travelers, timorous or otherwise, will chuckle. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stevenson continues the adventures of his usually intrepid mouse Hubie (The Stowaway, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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CORNFLAKES by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2000

"Tailor-made for sharing, in class or on a lap. (Poetry. 7-9, adult)"
Picking up where his third gathering of poetry and pictures (Candy Corn, 1999) left off, Stevenson gives wry or gently sentimental twists to 25 more everyday sights: fathers and sons in the park; bicyclists; old people and buildings; his paintbox; his wastebasket; a mountainous hamburger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET CORN by James Stevenson
POETRY
Released: April 1, 1995

"A book that says much in small ways. (Poetry. 8+)"
``WHY AM I HAPPY / THAT I WAS BORN? / JUST ONE REASON / (IN SEASON): / SWEET CORN!'' And so this exaltation, titled, ``Roadside Stand,'' sets the tone for Stevenson's collection of 28 short poems. Read full book review >

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JUST AROUND THE CORNER by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2001

"Time spent stalking this poet is never frittered away. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Sentimental but never corny, Stevenson offers more sweet kernels of verbal and visual poetry, celebrating the everyday world of cookies, ice cream, and old shoes, a seaside tire exposed at low tide, "growing its own seaweed and barnacles," a partly demolished house, a closed-down diner, images evoked by a clutter of objects on a kitchen windowsill. Read full book review >

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NO LAUGHING, NO SMILING, NO GIGGLING by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2004

"Despite covering familiar territory, this outing is sure to delight Stevenson's zillions of fans, or anyone with a funny bone, for that matter. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stevenson reprises Don't Make Me Laugh (1999): a grumpy alligator named Mr. Frimdimpny again proclaims himself "in charge," warning that any reader who so much as cracks a smile has to turn back to the first page and start over. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FLYING ACORNS by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1993

"A book that begs to be read aloud. (Picture book. 5-10)"
When the turkey puts up a poster—``CIRCUS: Good Acts Needed''—three bored squirrels decide to become aerial artists, but their efforts to work up a routine lead to one pratfall after another; meanwhile, three equally bored vacationing snails look on, commenting among themselves (``This should be thrilling''; ``They're very dedicated''). Read full book review >

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ROLLING ROSE by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"Charming. (Picture book. 0-6)"
A familiar piece of baby equipment—the rolling walker—is celebrated in artfully cadenced, unrhymed verse whose rolling rhythm vividly evokes the heady freedom endowed by these first wheels, as does the imaginative text. Read full book review >

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CORN-FED by James Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"But readers overwhelmed by the recent tsunami of daffy, clever verse will find the reflective, faintly elegiac tone here a cornsiderable relief and a different reason to smile. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Despite the title, Stevenson's latest corncatenation of poems and pictures, or at least its second half, has an urban flavor, from buses full of children "[l]ooking for the universe" pulling up to the Hayden Planetarium to "I love dawn, / Especially with / New York City / under it" paired to a skyline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WORST PERSON'S CHRISTMAS by James Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"As usual, Stevenson's expertly scribbled illustrations are more than half the fun—eye-pleasing and witty. (Picture book. 4+)"
It was inevitable that this perennial Scrooge would finally encounter Christmas and mellow just a bit; still, fans should be amused by his typically curmudgeonly shenanigans before an unpremeditated sled journey precipitates him into a neighborhood party that softens him up in spite of himself. Read full book review >

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THE MUD FLAT OLYMPICS by James Stevenson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A lovely early chapter book that adults will find difficult to resist sharing aloud. (Fiction/Easy reader. 4-10)"
The animals' sports meet is the most good-natured of field days, from the eagerly anticipated arrival of the opossum Burbank with the torch to the celebratory picnic when Ardsley and Hastings (elephants) sing a duet as the others drift contentedly off to sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OLDEST ELF by James Stevenson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Created by an elf who's no where near Elwyn's age, this Christmas fantasy is written with sweetness and wit, infused with nostalgia for the good old days, and brimming with appeal for the good old now. (Picture book. 5+)"
In Santa's up-to-the-minute workshop, video games beep, battery-operated toys are the order of the day, and Blitzen has been replaced by a female reindeer, Josephine. Read full book review >