Search Results: "Jayn Arnold"


BOOK REVIEW

ROBO BUDDY by Skyreader Media
developed by Skyreader Media, by Jayn Arnold, illustrated by Jim Steck
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 23, 2011

"Given the artistry of its interactive elements and the overall design, its shortcomings make it an even bigger disappointment than less-ambitious efforts. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
A lot of design creativity is wasted on a sub-sitcom-level story that never reaches for the stars, despite its Jetsons-meets-Marvel Comics approach. Read full book review >

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LIKING THE UNLIKABLE
by Leila Roy

I know it’s not cool to define yourself by a boy. Girls are supposed to be independent, these days. We should be Strong Female Characters, we should be tough and self-motivated and grrrrrls instead of girls. We’re supposed to run the world—girls—and look unapologetically into the camera. We don’t have to smile. We can cross our arms or curl our ...
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BOOK REVIEW

VINCENT PAINTS HIS HOUSE by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"So very Van Gogh and so very satisfying! (Picture book. 3-8)"
The conceit at the center of this celebration of art and color? Tell a pleasingly repetitive tale featuring the Dutch post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh without ever mentioning his full name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIDE, FLY GUY, RIDE! by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Keep flying, Fly Guy! (Early reader. 4-8)
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A ride in the car has never been scarier—or this much fun Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREEN WILMA, FROG IN SPACE by Tedd Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"What gives Wilma a touch of the special is her equanimity; after all, she finds herself in some pretty strange precincts, but she keeps her cool and her focus, even though she never gets the fly. (Picture book. 3-5)"
More than 15 years ago, Green Wilma made a splashy, absurdist debut (Green Wilma, 1993), and now Arnold has splendidly resurrected the young frog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARTS by Tedd Arnold
by Tedd Arnold, illustrated by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Stupid, silly, and base, in equal measure, this has watercolor illustrations that are textured with colored-pencil curlicues in such a way that they look hairy—like the tangles that clog a shower drain. (Book-of-the- Month Club) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Arnold (The Simple People, 1992, etc.) cashes in by grossing out the picture-book set in this story in rhyme, which kids with rough-and-ready sensibilities will relish and fastidious adults will shun, for the same reasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATURAL HISTORY FROM A TO Z by Tim Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Plants and animals are presented alphabetically here to illustrate concepts and principles of biology, from anteaters and aardvarks used as examples of convergent evolution to zebra finches, which build elaborate nests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PET FOR FLY GUY by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 2014

"Readers will agree that being a pet isn't a bad life, as long as you have a good pet keeper. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy and his pet fly, Fly Guy, learn that being a friend has lots of similarities to being a pet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLY GUY PRESENTS: SHARKS by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A first-rate sharkfest, unusually nutritious for all its brevity. (Informational easy reader. 5-7)"
Buzz and his buzzy buddy open a spinoff series of nonfiction early readers with an aquarium visit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLY HIGH, FLY GUY! by Tedd Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"From the very shiny cover's dizzying perspective to the heroic conclusion, this fifth outing's a shoo-in for kids who prefer their beginning readers funny and action-packed. (Early reader. 4-7)"
When Buzz and his parents take a road trip, pet-of-sorts Fly Guy stows away in the trunk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWIN PRINCES by Tedd Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Presented as a tale being told to Henry's royal chicks by their nanny, it won't outpace 'The Tortoise and the Hare,' and other versions of the folktale, but readers won't have any trouble staying the course. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Replete with poultry-related double entendres and (in the pictures, at least) popeyed, rubber-legged steeds, this tale of sibling rivalry offers plenty of chuckles—even if the climactic twist is too contrived to be credible. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ADVENTURES OF SNOWWOMAN by Katya Arnold
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Everything here is obligingly clunky and stop-start, from the story line and broadly outlined, comic woodcut-like artwork, to the pages with a succession of illustrations that mark an increase in the story's tempo. (Picture book/folklore. 3-7)"
This personable adaptation of Vladimir Suteev's The Conifer from Arnold (Meow!, p. 492, etc.) definitely has the air of an early animated film, with the same endearing (and faintly menacing) gawkiness. Read full book review >