Search Results: "Janet Stevens"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE RED PEN by Janet Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"Teachers will certainly find themselves wishing for their own arsenal of supplies to help them with their grading, and students may take a second glance at that innocuous-looking red pen on the teacher's desk. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Obviously inspired by "The Little Red Hen," this goes beyond the foundation tale's basic moral about work ethic to explore problem solving, teamwork and doing one's best. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD ABOUT US! by Karen Beaumont
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"A gleeful look at self-acceptance (and don't forget to search for the hidden fly). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Various zoo animals celebrate their favorite features, warts and all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COYOTE STEALS THE BLANKET by Janet Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"An outstanding setting for a lively, sagacious, well-sourced tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
``I go where I want, I do what I want, and I take what I want,'' boasts Coyote; when Hummingbird warns him not to touch the blankets draped over desert rocks, he seizes one for a coat. ``Rumble, rumble—the huge, round rock follows him, threatening to crush him each time he rests. Read full book review >

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PLAIDYPUS LOST by Janet Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Not a bad idea, but busy and bumpy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Nicely drawn pencil, watercolor, and digital collage illustrations are lost in these aggressive, over-designed pages about a girl's habit of losing and finding her favorite toy repeatedly: "Plaidypus lost. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Required reading for all Jacks and Jills. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The creators of Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! (1999) spin off a freewheeling yarn from a familiar nursery rhyme, salting their tale with awful puns and peppering it with folktale references. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"Stevens sisters. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Joining that other epistle-toting dog LaRue (first met in Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School, 2002), self-described "Canine Counselor" Mr. Mutt fires off savvy solutions for correspondents with a string of doggy dilemmas, from enforced diets and silly costumes to humans who'd rather watch TV than play "fetch." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACKALOPE by Janet Stevens
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Crummel and Stevens's previous collaborations (And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, 2001, etc.) have shown a distinct tendency toward self-referential narrative; this offering, with its promising concept, carries this style into self-indulgent. (Picture book. 5-8)"
What should be a whimsical tale of the fictitious desert critter found on so many postcards in the Southwest instead becomes a labored slog through a confused tall-fairy-tale landscape. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT FUZZ FRENZY by Janet Stevens
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

What would happen if a dog of the canine persuasion were to drop a green tennis ball down a prairie dogs' burrow? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIND A COW NOW! by Janet Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Skillfully told and satisfying, this is sure to delight young listeners in on the joke. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Bird sends restless Dog to the country to find a cow to herd, the result is a comical series of misidentifications and an exhausting trip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EPOSSUMONDAS by Coleen Salley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Shaggy-haired, diaper-clad Epossumondas becomes a new name for a classic character with a wry, southern twist, and no misunderstanding—it's outrageous fun! (Folktale. 3-8)"
Variations of Epaminondas or Foolish Jack have had the noodlehead misconstruing his mama's advice for years, from black face and black dialect to more comic renditions, but this version hangs by a tail—and a possum's tail no less. Read full book review >

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WHY EPOSSUMONDAS HAS NO HAIR ON HIS TAIL by Coleen Salley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Grrrrrrreat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Thinking about his long, skinny, and very pink tail, Epossumondas questions why, of all the animal tails he has seen, his is the funniest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EPOSSUMONDAS PLAYS POSSUM by Coleen Salley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Farewell, Epossumondas; we'll miss you. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
That adorable diaper-clad scalawag is back, doing what he does best. Read full book review >