Search Results: "Jane Wattenberg"


BOOK REVIEW

NEVER CRY WOOF! by Jane Wattenberg
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"No explicit moral, but there's a lesson here somewhere. (Fable. 6-8)"
Using the same sort of wild collage and typography that revved up her Henny-Penny (2000), Wattenberg recasts The Boy Who Cried Wolf as a "Dog-U-Drama," featuring an all-canine cast (except for the sheep) photographed in a variety of human headgear and strewn across decidedly unnatural-looking greensward. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENNY-PENNY by Jane Wattenberg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Sure to evoke lots of giggling at story hour. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
'Tis the season for sassy retellings of classic tales, as in Marjorie Priceman's Froggie Went A-Courting (see above). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DUCK AND THE KANGAROO by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Top marks for visual exuberance; this is the first separate edition of the verses available in this country in decades. (illustrator's notes) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A lesser-known romantic lyric from the author of "The Owl and the Pussycat" is set to suitably wild photo-collage illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS THE RAIN by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"As essential to library collections as rain is to summer sunflowers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"This is the ocean, / blue and vast, / that holds the rainwater from the past." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST UNIVERSAL NATION by Ben J. Wattenberg
Released: Dec. 3, 1990

A deft weaving together by author/syndicated columnist Wattenberg (The Good News is the Bad News is Wrong, 1984) of his columns from the 80's, with plenty of hindsight stitched on, as well as a long introduction that states the book's theme: "We are the first universal nation. 'First' as in 'number one.' And 'universal' both within our borders and globally." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO MORE CUDDLES! by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A fully rounded, easily associative, and visually inviting story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As everybody knows, a bigfoot likes his privacy, even if he is built to cuddle: snuggly, soft, and silky (at least those bigfeet like Barry, who evidently knows about bathing). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Sweet, if freighted. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cabrera transmutes the simple children's song into a participatory singalong with a nod to wildlife diversity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILLIE FIERCE by Jane Manning
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"The spiky, colorful art is more interesting than the plot, but Millie's fierceness in the middle will speak both to tots who've tried it and those who haven't. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Alluring, edgy watercolors with sharp angles show a tyke's transformation from mild to monstrous and back again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I'M NOT SLEEPY by Jane Chapman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An ideal story for those who prefer softer edges to their bedtime shenanigans. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little owlet employs a big bag of tricks when Grandma tries to get him to settle down to sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN IN THE BED by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Yet, there's an engaging sense of rhythm and actions in the simple yet imaginative two-page spreads that is balanced by the safe and sunny atmosphere. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A dynamic version of the familiar counting ditty and storytime staple. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD MOTHER HUBBARD by Jane Cabrera
adapted by Jane Cabrera, illustrated by Jane Cabrera
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Ex-toddlers will eat this up. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Cabrera (Dog's Day, 2000, etc.) illustrates this abbreviated adaptation of the nursery rhyme with broadly brushed, vibrantly colored scenes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAT'S COLORS by Jane Cabrera
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Impish and informational. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Those who think they've seen everything in the ubiquitous color concept-book genre haven't seen Cabrera's debut, an irresistible take on the subject. Read full book review >