Search Results: "Janet Marshall"


BOOK REVIEW

A HONEY OF A DAY by Janet Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2000

"A clever idea, but one that is unsuccessfully executed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A host of wild animals attends the wedding of two bears set among the abundant wildflowers that have inspired this story. Read full book review >

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BANANA MOON by Janet Marshall
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The pages of the book are thick and coated, making them durable and easy for small fingers to turn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Marshall (Look Once, Look Twice, 1995, etc.) uses die-cut illustrations as a tease, for objects glimpsed on the other side of a hole are not what they appear: Candy canes turn out to be the sails of sailboats, and salt-water taffy is transformed into the whorls of a turtle's shell. Read full book review >

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LOOK ONCE, LOOK TWICE by Janet Marshall
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1995

"But the guessing game is fun, and may encourage children to look more closely at patterns in everyday life. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The bold colors, sharp graphics, and pure design of this alphabet book will nab children's attention initially, but the ideas beyond that first look may confuse even older readers. Read full book review >

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JAMES MARSHALL'S MOTHER GOOSE by James Marshall
POETRY
Released: Sept. 28, 1979

"When Marshall is good he's pretty funny, and when he's bad he's not horrid, merely flat."
You'll skip right through this Mother Goose—partly because Marshall's selections are consistently bouncy and light, but partly because his goofy, one-note pictures don't often invite poring over. Read full book review >

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FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS by Natalie Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An unnecessary book. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
A board-book reinterpretation of the well-known nursery rhyme. Read full book review >

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RATS ON THE ROOF by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: June 17, 1991

"Sure appeal; a natural for reading aloud. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-10)"
The author-illustrator of a fine array of comical easy readers, picture books, and creatively retold nursery tales adopts a new genre. Read full book review >

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POCKETFUL OF NONSENSE by James Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Fifteen traditional limericks and other nonsense rhymes, plus five in the same spirit by the late illustrator ("Antoinette Leach came in from the beach/with a lobster asleep in her curls..."), each visualized in fairly literal fashion, without many of the witty graphic embroideries at which Marshall was so adept. Read full book review >

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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER WONDERFUL DOG by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1991

"Predictably unpredictable and genuinely funny; and, of course, the art here is not only wickedly satirical but done with exceeding skill. (Folklore/Picture book. 4+)"
Marshall doesn't retell this old favorite, as he did in his revisionary nursery tales (Red Riding Hood, 1987); he uses it as springboard for a series of outrageously risible illustrations of the jowly old lady and her jowly pet frequenting imaginatively conceived shops or cozily at home, reading The Daily Drool or engaged in other industrious or self-indulgent pursuits. Read full book review >

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GEORGE AND MARTHA RISE AND SHINE by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 29, 1976

"To see Martha carrying a dainty pocketbook or hopping on her pogo stick, or George rump end up among the seats at the movie house or leaping onto the chandelier (and off the top of the page) at the sight of a snake, is to recognize the sunny incongruity that made them a success."
Five more tiny stories about Marshall's absurdly bloated-looking hippos—who though not blind to each other's foibles, are admirably indulgent. Read full book review >

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MONSTER, BE GOOD! by Natalie Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"'If a monster is tired and grumpy, send it to bed and say, ‘GO TO SLEEP!' ' Like that would work. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A blatantly psychotherapeutic variation on Where the Wild Things Are and like empowerment fare.Read full book review >