Search Results: "Jeanne Steig"


BOOK REVIEW

A HANDFUL OF BEANS by Jeanne Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 1998

"Fans of James Marshall's droll takes on some of the same chestnuts, such as Red Riding Hood (1987), will appreciate this small, poised gathering. (Folklore. 8-10)"
Many of the characters in these standards break into jingles—"Hansel skinny or Hansel fat, / He shall be eaten, and that is that"—at pivotal moments; otherwise, the stories are traditional versions, lightly massaged to bring out their humorous or ironic aspects. Read full book review >

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A GIFT FROM ZEUS by Jeanne Steig
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 30, 2001

"Readers already familiar with the stories will enjoy these somewhat skewed renditions immensely. (Mythology. 12+)"
The Steigs follow up A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales (1998) with tales of heroic deeds, passionate love, mistreated women, and Olympian hanky-panky from an older tradition. Read full book review >

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ALPHA BETA CHOWDER by Jeanne Steig
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"Not to be missed. (Poetry/Picture book. 5+)"
In the marvelously witty style of Consider the Lemming (1988), an alphabet of comical verses, each peppered with its prevailing letter: satirical portraits ("Noisome Naomi" is a "nightmare,/She's nervy as a newt./Her ma and pa are nitwits- -/They think Naomi's cute"), sardonic dramas, and other succinctly penned nonsense. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM GIZZARD’S GRILL by Jeanne Steig
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"The smelly-foot trope is a perennial crowd-pleaser, but adults may be won over more easily than child readers by these ballads. (Poetry. 8+)"
In three rhymed Old West tales, Steig casts a tough-talking but motherly Sheriff and a crew of wanderers who settle into unlikely occupations. Read full book review >

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FLEAS! by Jeanne Steig
Kirkus Star
by Jeanne Steig, illustrated by Britt Spencer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Spencer's accompanying watercolor-and-ink illustrations, filled with humor and exaggeration, are just the right complement to the text's amiable foolishness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's a perfect day, and Quantz is happily gardening when a dog stops for a scratch. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

In an immoderately engaging profile of arguably the most visible and widely known public artists alive today, Greenberg and Jordan retrace the duo's career and capture a sense of the wonder that their large-scale projects evoke. Read full book review >

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THE TWINS JEFFREY AND JEANNE by Jeanne Baier
Released: June 9, 2011

"An effective, if visually undistinguished, tale with a straightforward message of reassurance for children affected by divorce."
A picture book offering the point of view of twins offers affirmation and comfort to young children of separated parents. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"Ridley has definitely done her homework in recognizing Baret as an overlooked but important historical figure."
Dense, inquisitive biography of the first woman to circle the globe by sea. Read full book review >

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PETE'S A PIZZA by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"As always, Steig's illustrations are a natural—an organic—part of the story, whether Pete's a pizza, or not. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Steig (Toby, Where Are You?, 1997, etc.), inspired by a game he used to play with his daughter, turns a rainy day into a pizza party, starring a caring father and his feeling-blue son, Pete. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR DE SOTO GOES TO AFRICA by William Steig
Released: June 30, 1992

"The last page hints that the mice will continue to explore 'our beautiful planet.' (Picture book. 3+)"
Mudambo, an elephant, has a terrible toothache; all expenses will be paid if the De Sotos will come. Read full book review >

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THE ZABAJABA JUNGLE by William Steig
Released: Oct. 7, 1987

"This may be Kafka's benign flip side, but why not just relax and enjoy it?"
A boy has a dreamlike adventure in a mellow, fantastic, inimitably Steig-imagined jungle. Read full book review >

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THE BAD ISLAND by William Steig
Released: Sept. 15, 1969

"Actually this is not so much a parable in pictures as a pictured parable, or a labeled, labored lesson."
On Steig's "rotten, horrible, awful, burning hot, freezing-cold and rocky island," the first flower is as potent as Thurber's last flower. Read full book review >