Search Results: "Jan Brett"


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 >

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TOWN MOUSE, COUNTRY MOUSE by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"A strong entry from a popular artist. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Brett's (Christmas Trolls, 1993, etc.) embellishment of the familiar tale is clever: Each mouse here has a wife, and, like many contemporary couples, these two decide to exchange homes for a while. 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 TURNIP by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Another Brett winner to add to the shelf. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A classic Russian tale gets Brett's signature artwork and a twist ending. Read full book review >

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MOSSY by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A quirky and very satisfying tale of nature and home. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A turtle with a garden on her shell? 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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BERLIOZ THE BEAR by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 11, 1991

"A book to pore over for its wealth of visual pleasures. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the way to a village ball with his orchestra (six bears), Berlioz forgets his concern about the mysterious buzz in his double bass when his bandwagon's wheel falls into a pothole—and when the mule goes on a sitdown strike from which a long series of helpful animals fails to dislodge him. Read full book review >

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HONEY...HONEY...LION! by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The cumulative patterns, sound effects and suspense, together with the dramatically depicted animals, will make this a popular choice for reading aloud. (Picture book. 4-7)"
African animals and landscapes take center stage in this lively retelling of a traditional folktale from Botswana. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HAT by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"Brett's somber tones of pre-winter are enlivened by the intricate, colorful clothing; her fine, independent heroine is in charge of the story, and the inventive little hedgehog triumphs as well. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In a companion book to Brett's The Mitten (1989), a little girl decides to unpack her winter woolens from their decorated chest and hang them out on a line to air before winter comes. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS TROLLS by Jan Brett
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Scandinavian details in Brett's bright, crisply delineated art, especially in the intriguing borders—where the trolls' charming pet hedgehogs are busy with their own related pursuits. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blond, blue-eyed Treva (The Trouble with Trolls, 1992) teaches a pair of greedy little trolls how to celebrate Christmas: following them in order to find the gifts and ornaments they've snitched from her house, she helps them decorate their home, shows them how to share, and offers them a gift—a gesture they make in return on Christmas morning. Read full book review >