Search Results: "John Stadler"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT’S SO SCARY? by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"No Paint (below). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stadler's cartoonishly drawn characters escape both disaster and authorial control in this freewheeling romp. Read full book review >

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WILSON AND MISS LOVELY by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: June 23, 2009

"Sweetly surreal. (Picture book/novelty. 4-7)"
After just one week, Wilson the rabbit loves his teacher, Miss Lovely, so much that he just can't wait for the next one. Read full book review >

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THE CATS OF MRS. CALAMARI by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Great loony stuff. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From its title to its last page, absolutely inspired silliness from Stadler (Cat Is Back at Bat, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BALLAD OF WILBUR AND THE MOOSE by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: June 10, 2008

"Yup, a real knee-slapper. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Originally published in 1989 and billed here as new and revised (though evidently not enough to update the copyright year), this somewhat tall Western yarn recounts the exploits of young Wilbur Little, a lime-juice-loving pig-herder who takes on a crooked gambler and then a set of rustlers with help from his ex-pugilist blue moose, Alvin. Read full book review >

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CATILDA by John Stadler
by John Stadler, illustrated by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Deceptively simple at first glance, this suspenseful episode will keep a surprising range of readers rapt. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Reminiscent of John Burningham's classic Come Away From the Water, Shirley (1977) and other stories in which the text and pictures tell very different tales, this pairs a hushed conversation between never-seen parents and a child's silent, adventure-filled sojourn over the ocean to reclaim a left-behind teddy bear. Read full book review >

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CAT IS BACK AT BAT by John Stadler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Good practice for novices, who may want to make up their own rhymed, comical situations. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
On each double spread of this amusing very easy reader, Stadler links three rhyming words in a brief sentence and illustrates the silly results, some of which are funnier than others: ``A goat in a coat sails a boat'' is predictable, but ``A crab tries to grab a cab'' is worth a chuckle when he appears on a city street with a briefcase. Read full book review >

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ONE SEAL by John Stadler
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A surprising last twist reveals the lone boy once again scurrying after his fleeing kite and leaves ample room for speculation as to what glorious event will occur next. (Picture book. 4-7)"
PLB 0-531-33195-4 Chasing after his kite, which has been liberated by the wind, a small boy spies a solitary seal, the first in an extraordinary assortment of animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEVERLY BILLINGSLY TAKES A BOW by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Stadler succeeds in both his amusing illustrations and his well-paced, polished story, and surely Beverly will be back for an encore, perhaps baking brownies, buying a bicycle, or building a bridge as she conquers new fears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beverly Billingsly is back (Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book, 2002), this time with a new venue for her worries: auditions for the school musical called Stormy Weather. Read full book review >

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BEVERLY BILLINGSLY BORROWS A BOOK by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"A refreshingly welcome new library story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beverly (a little hippo) is sky-high when she gets her first library card. Read full book review >

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BEVERLY BILLINGSLY CAN’T CATCH by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"No more. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tired of being the last picked to play softball, Beverly and her friend Oliver—who might know how to crack the books, but never hear that sound when they swing the bat—decide to study up on the game to get better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALLAN STEIN by Matthew Stadler
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A hackneyed portrayal of gay lust: vacuous, pointless, and tasteless in the extreme."
A pedophilic fantasy by the popular gay novelist (The Sex Offender, 1994, etc.) whose earlier work showed signs of a vivid imagination rather reluctantly reined in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEX OFFENDER by Matthew Stadler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"Not quite impotent, but less than satisfying."
Despite his insight and lyricism, Stadler (The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee, 1993, etc.) can't keep this overambitious commentary on sex and the state from falling flat. Read full book review >