Search Results: "Joanna C. Galdone"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TURTLE AND THE MONKEY by Joanna C. Galdone
Released: March 21, 1983

"Even Galdone's drawings lack spirit, with repetitive, minimally varied shots of Monkey and Turtle facing off against a slapdash tropical background."
Described as "a Philippine tale," this story of a turtle who finds a banana tree in the river and a monkey who cheats her out of its fruit begins with a catchy folklore situation but ultimately trails off in bits and pieces. Read full book review >

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Released: April 29, 1971

"The fox's wary glances, self-satisfied grin and disdainful posturing provide all the comment a child will need on the straightforward narration of the text."
This picture-book version of three of Aesop's better-known fables includes the fox's pursuit and rejection of the "sour grapes," his comeuppance at the hands of the stork over the shape of their soup dishes, and his flattery of the crow into singing and dropping the coveted cheese from her mouth. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 20, 1970

"No one will want to abandon Leslie Brooke but like Galdone's Henny Penny, this animates the tale for the widest possible audience."
Three little pigs to savor, and a wolf to lord it over: from the clover-sprigged jacket (three-leaf of course) to the third little pig covering the steaming pot from which the wolf's tail protrudes, this is a blithe, unbloody business with a leer on the face of the wolf that you can only laugh at. Read full book review >

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PUSS IN BOOTS by Paul Galdone
Released: April 9, 1976

"A Puss for the people."
Like Stobbs last year, Galdone trims Puss's tale for younger listeners and sacrifices also the dash and splendor of Marcia Brown's illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST SEVEN DAYS by Paul Galdone
Released: March 15, 1962

"The basic question of visually interpreting mankind's oldest story for children on so grand a scale and through one's private imagery can never even arise since this particular effort is so evidently unappealing."
An artist who has achieved superb effects in comic and human interest themes and considerable originality in depicting light verse for children has gone far afield in attempting to illustrate the story of creation. Read full book review >

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THE HORSE, THE FOX AND THE LION by Paul Galdone
Released: Feb. 28, 1968

"You don't, of course, need the book otherwise."
A little-known, decidedly lesser Grimm story ("The Fox and the Horse") is the basis for an amusing set of pictures as the old horse, turned out by the ungrateful farmer, is assisted by the fox in capturing the lion, thereby assuring himself of the farmer's protection for the rest of his life. Read full book review >

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LITTLE TUPPEN by Paul Galdone
Released: Feb. 23, 1967

A simple, sturdy Scandinavian cumulative tale on the pattern of The Old Woman and Her Pig; a smallish, squarish format Just the shape of mother hen sitting; appropriately expressive but not exaggerated illustrations: a pleasant package for the littlest listeners. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING PIG by Paul Galdone
Released: March 1, 1981

"Never mind that Galdone's pictures have become predictable—they still give his stories more life and simple fun than many more ambitious illustrators can summon."
Once more a king announces a contest for his daughter's hand; once more a poor peasant sets out to win it; and once more Galdone disarms with his down-to-earth egalitarian humor. Read full book review >

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Released: March 4, 1974

"Round the wonderful bean."
A brisk, rhymed "Jack and the Beanstalk" first published in England in 1807 and set off here with bright, broadly comic (and, in the case of the looming giant, broadly grisly) pictures. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED HEN by Paul Galdone
Released: Aug. 1, 1973

"The industrious hen provides the action, and it's all played out in a minutely realized dilapidated old farmhouse and a sunny yard that fairly leaps with wheat and weeds and flowers."
Everymother has her day, and the freeloading cat, dog and mouse their comeuppance, in fresh, expressive pictures that do full justice to the enduring tale. Read full book review >

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KING OF THE CATS by Paul Galdone
Released: April 1, 1980

"Instead of using a folk tale as occasion for display, Galdone applies himself to the spirit of the story—with results that should transfix a kindergarten audience."
With his well-known facility for expressive if unsubtle accompaniment, Galdone plays up the spooky humor of this tale from Jacobs. Read full book review >

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THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Paul Galdone
Released: Feb. 22, 1973

"But even the goats (until that idyllic conclusion) have a wildly insistent look about them, and those who find Brown's troll too scary will be grossed out by this one's large blue nose (especially when seen from below), yellow teeth, bulging eyes, and hair of floating rainbow colored scribbles."
Galdone's troll is every bit as gruesome as any we've seen, but without any of the awesomeness that Marcia Brown or the D'Aulaires suggest. Read full book review >