Search Results: "Jon Buller"


BOOK REVIEW

TOAD ON THE ROAD by Susan Schade
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"The simple text is deftly rhymed and rhythmic; the bright, cartoony illustrations exude good humor. (Easy reader. 4-7)"
In a sunny ``Step into Reading'' book on ``Step 1,'' a cheerful toad in a bubble-topped auto tools around town and country picking up friends, observing the rules of the road, and generally enjoying life. Read full book review >

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SIMON’S DREAM by Susan Schade
ADVENTURE
Released: June 3, 2008

"Fortunately, this aimless, confusing and, as it turns out, agenda-driven cautionary tale won't. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
Distinguished by its experimental format but not much else, the post-apocalyptic Fog Mound trilogy concludes with happy reunions among its cast of talking animals, a more or less decisive battle with the reptilian Dragon Lady and light shed at last on what became of humans. Read full book review >

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WOODCHUCK NATION by Mark Saltzman
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1994

"Clever and fun. (Picture book. 5+)"
While the woodchuck family waits in a meadow wondering whether anyone else will show up for the reunion, Daddy tells his kids about the fabulous Woodchuck Festival 25 years ago, when such luminaries as Rabbit Shankar and ``that web-footed wonder of psychedelic guitar, Jimi Hendrake'' played for a crowd so huge that he and his pals Digger and Macra-May decided to park their van and hike in through the Cat Skull Mountains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"An abrupt end signals future episodes on the way; perhaps they'll be better. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Set in a future from which humanity has vanished, leaving only legends behind, this text-and-graphic-novel hybrid takes a chatty young chipmunk from the supposed safety of his hollow-tree home to a derelict city ruled by a komodo dragon with "ratmink" minions, and then on to an idyllic animal community perched atop a plateau ringed by poisonous fog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARADAWN by Susan Schade
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"The ominous closing suggestion that some creatures are beginning to repeat the technological mistakes that caused the (near) extinction of the human race sets the stage for sequels. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Continuing in alternate chapters of illustrated prose and comics-style graphics, the second episode of this post-apocalypse tale takes several talking animal friends and Bill, the enigmatic miniature human, back to the Untamed Forest and the City of Ruins, and then on to a remote island. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS NOT MY HAT by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Hats off! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit. Read full book review >

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MEET THE DOGS OF BEDLAM FARM by Jon Katz
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 2011

"Young dog lovers will enjoy this, particularly those who own border collies or black labs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Katz has written several well-received books for adults about his working dogs and their life together at Bedlam Farm in upstate New York (Dog Days, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RETIRED KID by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2008

"An amusing take on the 'no place like home' theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when an eight-year-old boy decides being a kid is hard work and it's time to retire? Read full book review >

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SMART FELLER FART SMELLER by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Shel Silverstein's Runny Babbit (2005), the joke definitely wears thin—but readers of the target mentality may be tempted to rake the tall and bun with it. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
From anagrams (Elvis Lives!, 2000) and palindromes (Palindromania!, 2002), Agee moves to a more rudimentary form of wordplay, pairing spoonerisms framed as questions and answers ("What did Rapunzel say to the filthy giant?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHOPSTICKS by Jon Berkeley
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"Still, a dragon's a dragon, and wee dragon aficionados probably can't get enough. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Berkeley offers a mildly entertaining story of the friendship between a mouse and his dragon. Read full book review >

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FLAPSTICK! by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Sturdy pages and construction, but nowhere to accommodate library fixtures without disrupting an essential spread. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Elegant, lighthearted fun: ``10 Ridiculous Rhymes with Flaps''—e.g., ``The maestro Leopardo/Sat down to play some Bach./It sounded very pleasant/But smelled like an old—'' (grand piano lid lifts to reveal a sock). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPLAT! by Jon Burgerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A gimmick, though a playful one. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Ever wonder what happens to the previous page after you've turned to the next? Read full book review >