Search Results: "Jan Berenstain"


BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS AT THE SOUTH POLE by Stan Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Sadly, while the concept is clever, the unwieldy, often awkward verse ensures that this effort will place a distant second to the many tales featuring those Bears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children's-literature buffs and staunch fans of the Berenstains (The Big Honey Hunt, 1962, etc.) will be thrilled that the second manuscript ever produced by the famed pair—shelved due to the enormous success of the Berenstain Bears characters introduced in their first book—is finally seeing the light of day. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"Closing with standard tributes to editors and collaborators, plus a few fan-mail anecdotes, these pedestrian memoirs add detail but no dimension to profiles in reference titles. (index, huge bibliography) (Autobiography. 12+)"
Two of the all-time bestselling children's authors reminisce—at length—about growing up in the '30s and '40s, getting their start in magazine cartooning, then moving into children's books as proteges of Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Read full book review >

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL by Mike Berenstain
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"ISBN: 978-0-310-71250-3) and The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers (ISBN: 978-0-310-71246-6). (Picture book/religion. 3-8)"
The son of the original creators of the Berenstain Bears series continues the saga of the popular bear family with several titles that focus on religious or moral issues. Read full book review >

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS MOTHER'S DAY BLESSINGS by Mike Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"This Mother's Day tale is rather limited in its audience to those who can afford fancy brunch after their own religious services, contrary to its apparent message that being together is all that matters. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Berenstains' son adds a Mother's Day entry to the series, continuing the adventures of the Bear family with a religious focus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOW-AND-TELL by Mike Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Although the message that newer is not always better will be welcome with caregivers, it's unlikely this book will change any children's minds about trying to top their classmates' latest and greatest gadgets. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When show-and-tell becomes all about the latest gadgets and newest stuff, Sister and Brother come up with an item for Sister to present that breaks the consumerist mold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1992

"Berenstain lives part of the year in Java, has worked as a field ecologist and written for National Geographic; though a knowledgeable provider of information about Indonesian culture, he never brings that world to life."
Berenstain's debut shows him adept at explaining Indonesia and the world of expatriates, but less skilled at writing fiction. Read full book review >

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THE EASTER BUNNY'S ASSISTANT by Jan Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An amusing approach to a popular springtime craft, presented with a spray of not-so-subtle humor. (Picture book. 4-10)"
This super-simple story with bold, cartoon-style illustrations features just two characters, the Easter Bunny and a skunk, and one joke: The overly enthusiastic skunk can't control his excitement, leading repeatedly to unpleasantly odiferous results. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A revealing look at a vibrant and distinct culture. (author's note, glossary, source notes) (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Six Maasai proverbs complement glimpses into the daily life of a Maasai community in a compact and fascinating portrait of this nomadic people and their changing world. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"In a clear and dynamic voice, the author gracefully weaves information on Balinese spiritual ritual practices and the dangers of overproduction into the explanation of this tiny—but oh-so-powerful—grain. (author's note, map, web resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A staple food for a large part of the world, rice is a very important crop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EASTER EGG by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Luscious. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Brett is in rare visual form in this tale of a bunny who hopes to win a prized opportunity to help the Easter Rabbit. Read full book review >

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HERE COMES THE BIG, MEAN DUST BUNNY! by Jan Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Expressive faces steal the show as the characters' thick eyebrows, protruding noses and untamed fur react to each hilarious circumstance, demonstrating that a little dust is well worth the mess. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The wacky dust bunnies return, now terrorized by an intimidating gray ball of fanged fuzz instead of the vacuum cleaner (Rhyming Dust Bunnies, 2008). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN AN ELEPHANT COMES TO SCHOOL by Jan Ormerod
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"So the next time a new kid comes to your school, treat him like an elephant. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When an elephant comes to school, well, he's an awful lot like a new kid, especially when the other kids are humans. Read full book review >