Search Results: "Jef Czekaj"


BOOK REVIEW

A CALL FOR A NEW ALPHABET by Jef Czekaj
ABC BOOKS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A clever use of a familiar but not stale premise to clue new readers in to some of our written language's little foibles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Weary of being stuck near the end of the ABCs and saddled with the same old "xylophone" and "x-ray" all the time, the letter X campaigns for a new alphabetical order and a different job in this wry variation on Althea Kontis' Alpha-Oops!, illustrated by Bob Kolar (2003), and Steve Metzger's The Mixed-Up Alphabet, illustrated by Jannie Ho (2007). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUSTIN, LOST IN AMERICA by Jef Czekaj
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not the best introduction to the country in terms of either facts or a geography lesson. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A pet-store dog tired of not having a home escapes and heads across the country in search of one. Read full book review >

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YES, YES, YAUL! by Jef Czekaj
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Czekaj's tale radiates good cheer, in both its snappy dialogue and its vitalizing artwork, and effectively counsels that involvement is one of the keys to living. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hip and Hop (Hip & Hop, Don't Stop!, 2010) return to put some positive vibes into the life of a Mr. Negativo. Read full book review >

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OINK-A-DOODLE-MOO by Jef Czekaj
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Get ready for many, ever-sillier rereadings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Warning: This book will make children want to play the telephone game all day long. Read full book review >

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HIP & HOP, DON’T STOP! by Jef Czekaj
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 16, 2010

"Readers can set the lyrics to their own kind of music, engage with poetry and the written word and maybe experience a little of that universal harmony. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Music is the universal solvent of socioeconomic and geopolitical barriers. Read full book review >

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DOG RULES by Jef Czekaj
by Jef Czekaj, illustrated by Jef Czekaj
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Enjoyable humor with a subtle lesson about parents accepting a child who is different. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two dogs find an egg in a nest and try to teach a newly hatched baby bird how to be a puppy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNITE OR DIE by Jacqueline Jules
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"We're Writing the Constitution (1987). (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Memorable for the contrast between the melodramatic title and Czekaj's funny cartoon scenes of popeyed children putting on a low-budget stage play, this account of our Constitutional Convention should leave even less attentive readers with some idea of what the resultant document is all about. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION

"A daunting but worthwhile journey through the material and divine realms of our universe."
An intriguing if sometimes ponderous examination of man's place in the universe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR SANTASAURUS by Stacy McAnulty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Funny but not hilarious—a book that proves the truism, less is more. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ernest B. Spinosaurus is a young dinosaur boy who is trying to stay on Santa's Nice List. Santasaurus, that is. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOTOR GOOSE by Rebecca Colby
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A partial misfire. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Mother Goose gets a mechanical makeover in this gear-inspired nursery-rhyme collection. Read full book review >