Search Results: "Jeanne Steig"


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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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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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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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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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GROWN-UPS GET TO DO ALL THE DRIVING by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Even minor Steig is memorable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Required reading for all children who have ever grumbled that "grownups get to have all the fun." Read full book review >

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THE TOY BROTHER by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1996

"Another crowd pleaser. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Steig (Grown-ups Get to Do All the Driving, p. 640, etc.) is in fine form in this tale of the alchemist's children. Read full book review >

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ZEKE PIPPIN by William Steig
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"Steig's golden touch shines on. (Fiction/Picture book. 3+)"
Zeke Pippin, a pig, happens across a harmonica. Read full book review >

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SPINKY SULKS by William Steig
Released: Oct. 31, 1988

"Steig recounts this bit of realia with a splendid array of vivid words, comfortably arranged in colloquial cadences; his illustrations amplify the deft characterizations and nuances with warmth and impeccable design."
Spinky has such an exaggerated case of the sulks that the most confirmed pouter (unless similarly engaged at the moment) will see its humor, even while empathizing with Spinky's stubbornness. Read full book review >

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AMOS & BORIS by William Steig
Released: Oct. 15, 1971

"Amos' feat is perhaps less satisfying than that of Aesop's mouse who gnaws the lion's ropes without any help from his oversized friends, but there is no question that Steig's affectionately witty pictures and perfectly complementary narration make this a durable picture book friendship."
Deftly proportioned and disarmingly matter-of-fact, the story of a friendship between Amos, an adventurous mouse who goes to sea "full of wonder, full of enterprise, and full of love for life," and Boris, the accommodating whale who rescues Amos from drowning and carries him home on his back. Read full book review >

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"His 'small fry' cartoons are amonghis best, and this small volume is made up of a selection of124, in different categories, good for many a chuckle and afew belly laughs."
The Lonely Ones, About People and All Embarrassed haverolled up substantial sales for the publishers of thisfavorite of cartoonists. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR DE SOTO by William Steig
Released: Nov. 12, 1982

"Simple but sly, a mischievously imaginative rendition of the classic theme."
In this captivating story of a mouse dentist, Steig sets his stage according to the ludicrous logic of size discrepancy that intrigues children: to treat large animals (such as the pig shown), Dr. De Sore stands on a ladder; and for extra-large animals (a donkey is pictured), he is hoisted up on a pulley contraption by his wife/assistant. Read full book review >