Search Results: "Jan Wahl"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LONG TALL JOURNEY by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A stunningly produced version of an odd but oft-told story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In 1825, the Ottoman viceroy of Egypt gave a giraffe to Charles X of France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ART COLLECTOR by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Art needs fans and collectors as well as creators, and this will encourage some new ones. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A pure and simple appreciation of art—and of loving it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELF NIGHT by Jan Wahl
by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Peter Weevers
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 2001

"The starry images and veteran author Wahl's (Mabel Ran Away with the Toys, not reviewed, etc.) dreamy sensibility, however, make this an adequate addition to the bedtime shelf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A minor nighttime tale, with an excellent opening line, doesn't hold its magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE EIGHT JOHN by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An amusing but flawed rendition of this old-fashioned cautionary tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
When Little Eight John's mother warns that misfortune will follow if he kicks the toad frogs, sits backwards on a chair, or counts his teeth, it only spurs him on; later, he laughs gleefully when the baby gets colic, the cow stops giving milk, and his family goes broke. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CANDY SHOP by Jan Wahl
by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Nicole Wong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Still, the message is simple and effective and the story can be used as a springboard for just such a discussion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An act of bigotry gets a sharp and practical response in this message-driven tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I MET A DINOSAUR by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A good-looking design includes a clean layout and thoughtful composition, but the book in general does not sustain the creativity evidenced in its first and final panels. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl's visit to the natural-history museum is intended to be an invitation to imagining dinosaurs everywhere— in the park, at the gas station, behind the shed, on the lake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSA'S PARROT by Jan Wahl
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

"The story is loosely plotted, with the locale providing an excuse for Howard to break out the brightest colors in her palette; the book is not strong enough for repeat readings, but preschoolers will be curious about what kind of havoc the impish Pico will wreak. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An exotic and lushly illustrated book about Rosa, slightly hard of hearing, and her mischievous parrot, Pico, who is supposed to assist her by repeating things loudly for her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CABBAGE MOON by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Johnson-Petrov's evocative pastels strive to bring continuity to the pages, but the book exhibits none of Wahl's usual skill. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This fantasy from Wahl (The Singing Geese, 1998, etc.) suffers from disjointedness; far too many of the sentences are crafted to be pretty rather than to tell a story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOCK! KNOCK! by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The illustrations, with their exaggerated perspectives and spooky shadows, seal the deal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This take on a traditional tale promises a surprise ending but does not deliver "gotcha" that readers will expect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SINGING GEESE by Jan Wahl
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"The goose never looks cooked, or dead for that matter, with its head and neck rising above the pot of tomatoes and carrots; that suits this slightly surreal tale just fine. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Wahl (I Met a Dinosaur, p. 1396, etc.) retells a weird but funny story told, he says, by an old black man on a porch in West Virginia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Mazzucco's lively illustrations are an integral part of the story; her comical depiction of the action and sly incorporation of a cat and mouse into nearly every scene heap measures of fun into the witty retelling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A felonious witch and a ingenious young boy match wits in this latest folktale from Wahl (Rosa's Parrot, p. 307, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RABBITS ON MARS by Jan Wahl
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"EWSLUGp1997 or the outright silliness of Arthur Yorinks Quack (p. 68), but the journey is still worth making, particularly as it ends with both a safe return and one rabbit, at least, whose curiosity about other worlds remains undimmed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Weary of hostile dogs, dangerous highways, and a general lack of carrots, three bunnies blast off for Mars aboard a homemade rocket, hoping for a better life. Read full book review >