Search Results: "Jos. A. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

STOPPING FOR A SPELL by Diana Wynne Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
Three stories, each with several chapters, whose remarkable comic events turn on magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELWOOD AND THE WITCH by Nicholas Heller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Capturing the bright clueless look in Elwood's eyes and a touch of the sinister in the witch's raging expression, Smith creates exactly the right amount of hysteria to put the story over the top. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Elwood the pig's chance encounter with a witch's broom sets magic in motion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOBLINS IN GREEN by Nicholas Heller
COLORS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The goblins are funny and childlike; if all of their ilk had this much personality, their appearance each year wouldn't be limited to the weeks leading up to Halloween. (Picture book. 4+)"
From A to Z, the surprises never let up, and neither do the brightly festooned goblins who cavort through the attic of a spying boy and girl, donning a wacky assortment of human costumes in a mirror image of kids on Halloween. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHIPMUNK! by Jessie Haas
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Just right to share with the younger preschoolers, as well as a book beginning readers will enjoy. (Picture book. 3- 7)"
``All Puss wanted was a place to put her chipmunk so it couldn't get away,'' begins this comically succinct reprise of a conflict of interests in a country household. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENJAMIN BIGFOOT by Mary Serfozo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Serfozo's gracefully honed text, perfectly in tune with a small child's concerns, is nicely served by Smith's realistic, humorous illustrations—which slyly reveal that Benjamin has been a little lonely at home. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like many a preschooler, Benjamin has a favorite thing: Dad's old shoes, which he wears constantly, through dust or mud, dry leaves or snow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREGOR MENDEL by Cheryl Bardoe
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A lovely tribute. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
The life and work of the father of modern genetic study receive a quiet exploration in this offering, published in association with The Field Museum. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"An excellent example of what picture-book biography can be. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The son of a wealthy planter in the West Indies, naturalist and frontiersman John James Audubon devoted himself to difficult journeys through American forests, swamps, mountains, and plains in search of plants and animals unknown to science. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLAY BOY by Mirra Ginsburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Fans of the gingerbread boy and Jack Kent's retelling of Fat Cat (1971) will relish this hungry clay Frankenstein and his shattering comeuppance. (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
Ginsburg (The Old Man and His Birds, 1994, etc.) borrows freely from Russian folklore to create her own version of the tale of the ravenous clay boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEP BY STEP by Diane Wolkstein
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Long a favorite in Wolkstein's storytelling repertoire, a spare, well- honed tale in an appealing setting that will make it a winner with the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Right from the title page, where the little ant sits on a chair backed with mapleseeds to don four red sneakers, children will gleefully enter Smith's world of enormous-looking grasses and leaves as seen from an insect's point of view. ``Step by step'' she travels from home, over stones and under branches, to meet her friend, a grasshopper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BANDIT'S MOON by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"What holds it together is the tense but warm relationship between Annyrose and Joaquin; Fleischman infuses their scenes with charm and offers plenty of excitement set in an intriguing historical period. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fleischman (The Abracadabra Kid, 1996, etc.) tells a meandering but effective story of a Mexican outlaw and a spunky "gringo" girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOWING by Jessie Haas
by Jessie Haas, illustrated by Jos. A. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

When Gramp takes the horses out to mow hay, little Nora comes along; it's not safe for her to ride while the cutter bar is lowered, but she can help by watching for animals in the tall grass. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH’S CHILD by Arthur Yorinks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Pair this with Audrey Wood's Heckedy Peg (1987), illustrated by Don Wood, for an effective fright-fest. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A bit of TLC accomplishes what a mighty witch's powers cannot in this pointed melodrama. Read full book review >