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 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 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

TALES OF BUNJITSU BUNNY by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Nonviolence (mostly), the bunjitsu way. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Martial arts high jinks with Bunjitsu Bunny. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKENS TO THE RESCUE by John Himmelman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Further proof, as if it were needed, that chickens are funny. (Picture book. 5-7)"
With hilarious, Keystone Kops-style urgency, chickens scurry, flop, leap, flap, peck and stumble to the rescue when Farmer Greenstalk drops his watch down the well, when Mrs. Greenstalk collapses in exhaustion into an easy chair just before dinnertime, when Ernie the duck tries to drive off in the pickup and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GUEST IS A GUEST by John Himmelman
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"Lively illustrations extend the tall-tale humor, right up to the good-humoredly logical conclusion that follows. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Billy Beanbuckets gets permission to have a friend for the night, Mom doesn't realize that ``Oliver'' is a pig whose whole family will come too. ``A guest is a guest, and we must show them our best,'' says Farmer Beanbuckets, but after the rest of the farmyard joins the invasion he finally declares, ``...when enough is enough, you have to get tough''—whereupon the ungrateful animals thrown the Beanbuckets family out of their own house. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A BUG ON MY BOOK! by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"This simple, interactive book about the appearances and movements of things that creep and crawl is elevated by its insistence that all creatures deserve to be respected and handled with care. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Several small animals commonly considered bugs, as well as a snake and a frog, supposedly land on this book and then leave—for a variety of reasons—each using its own special method of locomotion. 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 >