Search Results: "Joan Rankin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE POPCORN ASTRONAUTS by Deborah Ruddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"A scrumptious set of food-themed poems for budding gourmets, ripe for hours of read-aloud fun. (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Ruddell's collection of 21 bite-sized poems whets even the littlest of literary appetites. Read full book review >

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THE AFRICAN ORCHESTRA by Wendy Hartmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2017

"A magical tour of the natural wonders of the African continent tied with a celebration of the cultural foundations of African people who mined these sounds to create beautiful music. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In simple and magical verse, Hartmann transports readers to the beautiful landscapes of Africa with a celebration of African music and instruments and the accompanying splendid natural sounds that birthed them. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST DAY by Joan Rankin
by Joan Rankin, illustrated by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception. Read full book review >

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SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. Read full book review >

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WOW! IT'S GREAT BEING A DUCK by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The various font sizes are so aggressively manipulated that they mitigate any potential momentum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cumulative tale from Rankin (Scaredy Cat, 1996, etc.), as much about the choice of typeface as it is a story, falls short despite its elegant, finely detailed artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1999

"Children, often bullied, more often misunderstood, will find their spirits lifted by this encounter with Walliwigs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rare Great Black Cockatoo is stranded as a fledgling aboard a steamship that has been his home since birth in this funny outing from Rankin (Wow! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TODAY AT THE BLUEBIRD CAFÉ by Deborah Ruddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"A refreshing step up from nursery rhyme and a terrific introduction to poetry, with a smile attached. (Picture book/poetry. 4-9)"
Ruddell's debut features 22 delightfully diverse poems taking a new view of various feathered friends. Read full book review >

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A WHIFF OF PINE, A HINT OF SKUNK by Deborah Ruddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"An excellent collection with broad age appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Twenty-three evocative poems about forest animals, beautifully illustrated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FROG IN THE BOG by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Since the counting only goes up and down to five and everyone is safe at the end, this is especially suitable for the youngest beginning counters. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A simple counting rhyme relates the tale of a frog who eats his way through the bog: one tick, two fleas, three flies, and so on. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OFF TO FIRST GRADE by Louise Borden
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"An altogether thoughtful and affirming book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Anna to Mr. Zimmerman, an alphabetical array of children, joined at the appropriate moments by their teacher, bus driver and principal, all recount the beginning of the first day of first grade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. MCTATS AND HER HOUSEFUL OF CATS by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Children will want to count the cats on each page and follow their favorites through the story, particularly on the page where they are all hiding or where they are all gathered together for a group shot. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Mrs. McTats lives in a cozy cottage with only her cat, Abner, until one day visitors begin arriving wanting to stay. Read full book review >