Search Results: "Jon Lycett-Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG SPLASH! by A.H. Benjamin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Read it aloud a few times, and younger voices will soon join in. (foldout splash scene [not seen]) (Picture book. 2-5)"
Cartoonish animals, repetitive phrases and fast-paced suspense make for a story that toddlers and their slightly older siblings can enjoy together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT WILL I BE? by Richard Sinclair
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2013

"Despite meaningless distractions, a happy story full of possibilities. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A cheery story tells children that they can be whatever they want to be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOO SAID MORRIS by Jon Lycett-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Though the interactive features are nondescript, this sweet, simple story may spur a valuable conversation or two about nonconformity. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
This tiny tale about individuality aims to encourage kids to be exactly who they are—without apology. Read full book review >

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SQUIDS WILL BE SQUIDS by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"In illustrations that are as fresh and eyecatching as ever, the goofiness is as enticing as junk food, the colors Fruit-Loop bright, but fables usually have purpose, not punchlines; without such purpose, this is just another joke book for the '90s. (Picture book. 6-10)"
This latest bright, glib collection of tales irreverently updates Aesop-like fables as Beavis and Butthead might have rewritten them. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GOOFY by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A third fast-paced entry in the ``Time Warp Trio'' series (initiated with Knights of the Kitchen Table, 1991) takes the boys from watching a cowboys-and-Indians show that one of them describes as ``just a bad character actor reinforcing mindless stereotypes'' to a parodied western adventure that's just as lively but more PC: The cowboys are multiracial, and when the boys are captured by Indians, there's a debate about their potentially gruesome fate; ultimately, the good braves save the boys from Custer's cavalry and are in turn saved by the boys as they contrive to return to the present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUMMER READING IS KILLING ME by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1998

"With plenty of action and silly humor, the book itself is a pretty good addition to summer reading lists. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-11)"
In this latest Time Warp Trio entry, Fred, Joe, and Sam have sworn off using that volume of dangerous time-travel, The Book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NOT-SO-JOLLY ROGER by Jon Scieszka
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Historical afterword'' on Blackbeard; another (tongue firmly in cheek) on the boys. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A second ``Time Warp Trio'' story (cf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STINKY CHEESE MAN by Jon Scieszka
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Irrepressibly zany fun. (Fiction/Picture book. 5+)"
From the front jacket copy (``...56 action-packed pages, 75% more than those old 32-page `Brand-X' books'') to the Little Red Hen's back-cover diatribe (``Who is this ISBN guy?''), the parodic humor here runs riot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEEN ART? by Jon Scieszka
by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

A child goes to the Museum of Modern Art looking for his friend Art, but finds lots of art instead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCIENCE VERSE by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"If this offering falls short of the standard set by Math Curse, it will nevertheless find an eager audience, who will hope that the results of Mr. Picasso's curse will soon be forthcoming. (Poetry. 8-12)"
In 1995, Mrs. Fibonacci laid a Math Curse; this year, it's Mr. Newton who says, " . . . if you listen closely enough, you can hear the poetry of science in everything." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BALONEY (HENRY P.) by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"If only all pedagogy were this much fun. (Picture book. 6-12)"
It's "Permanent Lifelong Detention" for Henry P. Baloney, unless the tardy alien can come up with "one very good and very believable excuse" for Miss Bugscuffle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MATH CURSE by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers can check their answers on the back cover. (Picture book. 7-9)"
An unsuspecting student falls victim to the Math Curse when her teacher notes that ``You can think of almost everything as a math problem.'' Suddenly, everything is: ``I wake up at 7:15. Read full book review >