Search Results: "Judith Byron Schachner"


BOOK REVIEW

YO, VIKINGS! by Judith Byron Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"An author's note includes facts about Vikings, a bit about the background of the story (the authors' daughters really did procure a Viking ship from a Leif Ericsson organization), and a list of sources for further reading. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A seemingly outrageous fantasy comes at least partly true for imaginative Emma when she's able to purchase an actual Viking ship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLY AND MAY by Judith Byron Schachner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This mostly unassuming tale delivers plenty of joy on Aunt May's—and Santa's—coattails. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The adventures of a young girl (who narrates), her mildly eccentric Aunt May, and May's rascally canary, Willy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. EMERSON'S COOK by Judith Byron Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An informative afterword gives Emerson's and Annie's backgrounds. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Schachner (Willy and May, 1995, etc.) presents Ralph Waldo Emerson and his world through the eyes of his Irish cook (and the author's ancestor), Annie Burns. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRANNYMAN by Judith Byron Schachner
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Schachner's artwork is tender and apt, capturing nuances in the postures struck, the cock of the head, the bend of the tail. (Picture book. 3-8)"
From Schachner (Mr. Emerson's Cook, 1998, etc.), a book tailored to cat lovers, as those best versed to appreciate the many subtle feline endearments caught in these pages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAYING WITH GRANDMOTHER by Barbara Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A well-crafted story, gently suffused with affection. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
After Clair's parents kiss her good-bye, she feels sad; but she shares a hug with Grandmother (who looks sad, too) and goes upstairs to put her things in her mother's old room before helping to set the table (the macaroni ``is good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW THE CAT SWALLOWED THUNDER by Lloyd Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

An original pour quoi tale explaining why cats have the ability to purr, pleasing both themselves and their owners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIMMY, THE PICKPOCKET OF THE PALACE by Donna Jo Napoli
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"With enough action, suspense, and humor for younger readers, this successful successor is certain to satisfy old fans and win new friends for the frog prince and his brood. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In this sequel to the charming Prince of the Pond (1992), Jimmy, frog-son of the frog prince, must save the pond from the evil Hag, who is working on a spell to dry it up so she can find her lost magic ring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE BEARS by Byron Barton
adapted by Byron Barton, illustrated by Byron Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Attractive but not Barton's best. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-7)"
An illustrator noted for innovative use of bright color and bold forms turns in a predictable performance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKIPPYJON JONES AND THE BIG BONES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"With the familiar acrylic and pen-and-ink illustrations of this goofy pint-size cat who thinks he's a Chihuahua, large-type sound effects, Spanglish words and silly rhymes, fans will cheer for this loco kitty and his funny-bones escapade. (CD) (Picture book. 5-8)"
That devilish, irrepressible Skippyjon Jones is back in his fourth adventure and digging up big-time trouble—again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SARABELLA'S THINKING CAP by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A specious attempt to present an inclusive view of the self-expression of creative children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sarabella is a quiet and contemplative young girl who doesn't always choose to verbalize her thoughts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKIPPYJON JONES CIRQUE DE OLÉ by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Olé, muchachos! Skippyjon Jones the handsome daredevil-ito! (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Circus berserkus!" Skippyjon Jones heads for the big top! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEWEY BOB by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An undisciplined mess. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The creator of Skippyjon Jones leaves behind, at least temporarily, her bestselling Siamese kitten's Frito Bandito-speak for pure corn pone in her new story of a little hoarder raccoon. Read full book review >