Search Results: "Jessica Ahlberg"


BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY TALES FOR MR. BARKER by Jessica Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"A fairy-tale mashup light as a feather and pretty as a sunny morning. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The scion of Janet and Allan Ahlberg continues the family tradition with another novelty fractured fairy tale—actually, make that tales. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDILOCKS VARIATIONS by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"The frequently distributed buns aren't all that's delicious in this exhilarating suite of variations on a classic. (Pop-up/fractured fairy tale. 5-9)"
A familiar old tale is taken for a terrific spin with more bears, three pigs, assorted woodland animals, space aliens, additional young cast members (including one in a red hood) and lots and lots of sticky buns. Read full book review >

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HALF A PIG by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"The fun does not obscure the senior Ahlberg's very serious commitment to words, and one can only hope that readers (and listeners) will take him up on his exhortation to use some good ones in stories of their own. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A wild custody battle over a pig becomes the raison d'être for Ahlberg père's latest deconstruction of the picture book. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE by Toon Tellegen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Illustrations not seen. (Belles lettres. 9-11)"
In a set of surreal, mostly epistolary vignettes, Elephant begs permission to stand on Snail's house (Snail politely declines), Crow writes a gloomy letter to Sparrow and gets a heartening response, Carp pens a prayer addressed: "Dear Stranger," Squirrel writes to his table and also to the very letter he's writing and on the last day of the year all of the animals get together to send a "cordial begging letter" to the sun, who answers "See you soon." Read full book review >

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FAR AWAY ACROSS THE SEA by Toon Tellegen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

In 19 more ineffable vignettes, Tellegen's cast of woodland creatures write letters to themselves ("Dear Squirrel, I don't know how I'm doing. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR NOBODY WANTED by Allan Ahlberg
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Perfect for sharing aloud. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Made on an assembly line, the bear fails inspection and lands in the reject bin—a calamity that, ironically, is more difficult for him to endure since it's a result of his supercilious expression: a mouth stitch gone awry and a misplaced eye affect his character as much as they do his visage. Read full book review >

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MY BROTHER’S GHOST by Allan Ahlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Frances's matter of fact, plainspoken tale will leave smart readers thinking about ghosts and memories, brothers and sisters, and the timelessness of love. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Even after his death, Tom is there for his little sister and brother in this poignant ghost story. Read full book review >

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THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN by Janet Ahlberg
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Pure delight. (Picture book. 2+)"
What could be more appropriate? Read full book review >

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THE BLACK CAT; THE PET SHOP by Allan Ahlberg
Released: Oct. 17, 1990

The characters in these stories—two more in the Funnybones series—are mostly skeletons, which would give them high interest even without Ahlberg's inventive wit. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF BERT by Allan Ahlberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2001

"Bring us more Bert, please. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Top-drawer, absurd entertainment from two English masters of the droll. Read full book review >