Search Results: "Jeff Himmelman"


BOOK REVIEW

JEAN LAFFITE by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, this will suffice as an introduction for die-hard pirate fans and add an interesting, quirky footnote to American history. (author's note, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Who knew that some pirates in the old days were Jewish and fought on the side of the good guys? Mateys, meet Jean Laffite, a real pirate of the Caribbean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOISY BUG SING-A-LONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Bug devotees may pick this up for a glance, but it is not likely to be a repeat favorite. (activities exploring sounds, link to audio file of bug sounds (not heard)) (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
The illustrations are a feast for bug lovers' eyes, but the text could be so much more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIGHTS OUT! by John Himmelman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1995

"Himmelman creates an impressive host of spooks and appealing little scouts; this is a well-handled, modest pleasure. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Six young scouts at Camp Bader are having trouble with the dark of night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATIE AND THE PUPPY NEXT DOOR by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Katie and Ruby and their kitty friends enjoy themselves; young readers will enjoy them too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A jaunty hound learns to share and play nicely with her next-door-neighbor dog in this sequel to Katie Loves the Kittens (2008). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOUSE IN A MEADOW by John Himmelman
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Captioned with simple, declarative sentences, capped by a multimedia resource list, this makes an engaging invitation to young naturalists to go outside, sit down, and look around. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Himmelman pans across a Northeastern meadow at ground level, introducing an array of exactly drawn, delicately colored flora and fauna. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HONEST TULIO by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The story is absurd and artless, while the frenetic, cartoonish clutter of the illustrations lacks wit. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A story with threads borrowed from various folktales turns into a cumulative tale run to excess. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOISY FROG SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Without benefit of recordings, onomatopoeia alone can't convey what the book hopes to. (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Himmelman follows up his salute to noisy bugs with a look at frogs—how and why they sing and what their songs sound like. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

10 LITTLE HOT DOGS by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"With the dogs being so small in relation to the page size, this is best saved for one-on-one sharing with true dachshund lovers. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"One little hot dog sitting on a chair…" quickly multiplies to ten in this unimaginative counting book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COW SAID MEOW by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A menagerie of fun that readers will revisit time and time again. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A cacophony of animals sneak their way into an elderly, nearsighted white woman's home to get out of the rain, producing a funny, musical menagerie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOISY BIRD SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"For fostering nature awareness, this is a welcome companion to the author's previous titles about noisy bugs and noisy frogs. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A say-along, sing-along invitation introduces the art of birding by ear through simple, recognizable bird songs and sounds and, mostly, familiar birds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCK TO THE RESCUE by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"This well-intentioned duck has a heart of gold to go with his lead foot and ham fist—er, wing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Now that the pigs, the chickens and the cows at Greenstalk's farm have made merry mayhem (Cows to the Rescue, 2011, etc.), it's the duck's turn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COWS TO THE RESCUE by John Himmelman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"In the end, the cows get burnt out, and who can blame them? Then it's time for the duck to show his stuff—is more hilarity in the works? (Picture book. 3-6)"
A herd of cows repeatedly comes to the rescue of a hapless family on fair day. Read full book review >