Search Results: "Jonathan Heale"


BOOK REVIEW

HAZEL THE GUINEA PIG by A.N. Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Boldly delineated b&w illustrations contribute to the inviting format. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Three easily read episodes, realistic except for the guinea pigs' spritely conversations that—though they do enjoy choosing just the right word—are mostly plausible verbalizations of what the little creatures might be experiencing. Read full book review >

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LADY MUCK by William Mayne
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"It please her from silk ear to scratch back' ''), though inventive, will turn off readers who have no sweet tooth for dialect. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From Mayne (Pandora, 1996, etc.), the arch tale of two pigs in search of swine ambrosia—truffles. Read full book review >

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THE UGLY DUCKLING by Hans Christian Andersen
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1994

"Not essential, but not a travesty; the appeal of the elegant illustrations is a good match for a text which, even though abridged, preserves Andersen's inimitable flavor. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Set in handsome format with dramatic woodcuts enhanced with watercolors in muted hues, a ``retelling'' that frequently echoes the well-regarded Keigwin translation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARM by Jonathan Litton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"A cheery, interactive offering that serves tots well by bringing a selection of interesting sensations right to their eager little fingertips. (Board book. 1-3)"
This rhyming, tactile title introduces little ones to life on a farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Raise the roof for this picture book. It's something special. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Bean sets aside the urban setting of his Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, At Night (2007), in this homage to his back-to-the-land parents, who built his childhood home in the 1970s. Read full book review >

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DON'T COPY ME! by Jonathan Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Young children acquainted with the pleasure of conspiring to annoy an older child and those who've suffered the indignity of being made fun of will enjoy seeing just who outsmarts whom. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Here's Little Puffin, minding his own business and enjoying a walk when a trio of impish gull chicks turn up and start mimicking his every move. Read full book review >

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“I’M NOT SANTA!” by Jonathan Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Allen's simple but effective illustrations, with their heavily outlined characters, are a perfect match to his simple but effective story, and he has toddler sensibilities down to a T. Carry on, Baby Owl, and tell us what else you're not. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Allen continues his amusing series about the ridiculously cute Baby Owl who in previous outings has declared himself "not cute!" and "not scared!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is silly slapstick for the ears, assured by its engineering to be popular. (Pop-up. 4-8)"
This variation on the Sleeping Beauty story uses sound and motion to good effect—such good effect, in fact, that it may be too raucous for quieter institutional settings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BADLANDS SALOON by Jonathan Twingley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"Slight and superficial, with no real connection between Ollie and the other characters."
Professional illustrator Twingley's first novel tells how an aspiring illustrator spends his summer vacation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS MY HOME, THIS IS MY SCHOOL by Jonathan Bean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Home sweet school. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The family from BuildingOurHouse (2013) returns, but this time their son tells readers all about life as a home-schooled kid.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE IS BEAR? by Jonathan Bentley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2017

"An inventive twist on the familiar lost-teddy story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young tot is trying to find Bear before bedtime. Read full book review >