Search Results: "Jan Brett"


BOOK REVIEW

BRETT McCARTHY by Maria Padian
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2008

"The pacing is smooth and the actions build to a sad, if realistic, ending. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Bigmouth Brett has two great loves: vocabulary words and soccer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Too painful to be a comfort to other parents and lovers, this is—as it seems meant to be—a tribute to the richness and vitality of a young woman who fought to make every dying day count for life."
The dramatic, sad story of a young woman's prolonged death from cancer, as told by her devastated father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMALS' SANTA by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Brett excels at snowy settings, and her legions of fans will enjoy this well-told tale accompanied by her usual highly detailed watercolor illustrations and skillfully integrated secondary story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Brett's latest holiday offering is set in northern Canada, featuring a cast of forest animals who celebrate Christmas together with handmade gifts left by their own special Santa. Read full book review >

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THE THREE SNOW BEARS by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Children and adults alike will pore over each page, relishing the richness of Brett's artwork. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Brett sets the familiar story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in the Arctic, replacing Goldilocks with Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl who stumbles upon the snow bears' igloo while hunting for her lost dog team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UMBRELLA by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Indeed, Brett surpasses herself in this handsomely designed and beautifully executed appreciation of so different a setting. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Carlos makes an umbrella from shiny, green fronds to go into the cloud forest, hoping to see many animals. Read full book review >

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DAISY COMES HOME by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The lesson of standing up for oneself is very gently etched in a read-aloud that will reward lots of poring over pictures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This popular author visits Asia for a charming tale of a plucky hen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR OUR CHILDREN by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 1991

"Most useful as an adjunct to the recently issued musical album of the same title, featuring popular rock and pop performers, and as a sampling of the artists' work. (Nonfiction. 2-10)*justify no*"
Subtitled A Book to Benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, an eclectic group of 19 songs—nursery, folk, popular—with music included for just five, and illustrations (mostly new) contributed by 24 well-known children's illustrators. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE LITTLE DASSIES by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Beguiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mashing up the ever-popular English story of "The Three Little Pigs" with her Namibian experiences, Brett uses her magical watercolor-and-gouache paintings to create a distinctive visual world. Read full book review >

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ON NOAH’S ARK by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Striking in its simplicity of telling, the watercolor and gouache artwork of birds, insects, and mammals breathes life into this apocryphal tale. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Bushels of interpretations of this Bible story exist, from humorous spins to wooden stylized images to an endangered animals slant, but Brett applies her familiar, appealing style and creates a child-friendly, beautifully crafted version. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MERMAID by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Not quite just right but sure to please Brett's fans. (Picture book. 3-5)"
More "The Three Bears" than "The Little Mermaid," Brett's latest picture book was inspired by her visits to Okinawa and the New England Aquarium, where she encountered the Pacific octopus. Read full book review >