Search Results: "Jean Cassels"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERIOUS COLLECTION OF DR. DAVID HARLEYSON by Jean Cassels
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"However, the implication that readers can themselves solve the bulk of the mystery is misleading and may cause some disappointment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clever gouache paintings and lovely, attractive design can't save this beckoning "mystery" from a fundamental problem: despite an invitation to help solve it, readers don't have much left to do after the characters do their work. Read full book review >

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BR’ER RABBIT CAPTURED! by Jean Cassels
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp1986, illustrated by Barry Moser, Julius Lester's Tales of Uncle Remus (1987), illustrated by Jerry Pinkney and their sequels. (Picture book/folktales. 7-9)"
Hoping to add Br'er Rabbit's to the suite of familiar folk-tale character portraits exhibited in The Mysterious Collection of Dr. David Harleyson (2004), the porcine painter sets out for rural Sandy Creek. Read full book review >

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LONESOME GEORGE THE GIANT TORTOISE by Francine Jacobs
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An appealing picture-book introduction to ecology—and an unusual animal. (Web sites) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Jacobs offers a story based on the true story of George, a giant land tortoise from Pinta Island in the Galapagos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GROUNDHOG STAYS UP LATE by Margery Cuyler
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Great for a read-aloud in classrooms. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a twist on the classic tale of the Grasshopper and the Ants, Groundhog must find a way to get his hibernating friends to share their food stores with him after he has played away the fall and early winter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONCE I KNEW A SPIDER by Jennifer Owings Dewey
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"An author's note provides an additional page of facts about spiders and their behavior. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Dewey (Paisano, the Roadrunner, 2001, etc.) spins a quiet tale describing the unusually long life of a particular orb spider that lays her eggs in the window of an adobe house. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN LOUISIANA by Jean Cassels
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2007

In this informative and entertaining offering, Cassels and Cravath give the traditional Christmas song a Louisiana twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWIFT AS THE WIND by Barbara Juster Esbensen
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Especially appealing are the many close-ups of fuzzy cubs and the dramatic jacket painting of a cheetah at full gallop. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Another fine science title from the author of Tiger with Wings (1991), focusing on the cheetah, the swiftest animal on earth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"If only the telling itself had a little Crescent City flair. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Larson and Nethery relate the true story of a dog and a cat, both tailless, that come to be called Bobbi and Bob Cat, respectively. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YONDERFEL’S CASTLE by Jean Gralley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The result is a dry twist on a universal truth: Truly, no good deed goes unpunished. (Picture book. 5-9)"
King Yonderfel was once revered for his generous spirit; he beckoned all travelers to visit until his castle overflowed with guests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS NOT A BOOK by Jean Jullien
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2016

"A decidedly mixed bag of ideas that does not quite come together. (Board book. 3-5)"
This unusual board book is a visual ode to both the rectangular and things that open and close. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE & AFTER by Jean Jullien
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2017

"Older preschoolers maturing from concrete thinking to more abstract thought will find this a hoot. (Board book. 3-5)"
Whimsical illustrations challenge young readers to go beyond the obvious. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RABBIT MOON by Jean Kim
by Jean Kim, illustrated by Jean Kim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Lilting lines combine with endearing characters in an effervescent examination of fulfilled desires and kindness reciprocated. (Picture book. 2-5)"
While moon gazing is surely a universal experience, not everyone sees the same thing. Read full book review >