Search Results: "Kathy-jo Wargin"


BOOK REVIEW

OTTER OUT OF WATER by Kathy-jo Wargin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2014

"Stick with Numeroff for her if-then tales, and look to Eric Pinder and Marc Brown's If All the Animals Came Inside and Judi Barrett's romps for more animals-acting-like-people humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The age-old trope of an animal following someone home is taken to new levels in this look at an otter out of water. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Papp's relentlessly lit spreads are peopled with some of the cleanest, best-fed Pilgrims and Irish immigrants in literature, complementing the highly directive subtitle to a T. The parenthetical 'or else' may be unsaid, but certainly does not go unfelt. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Mary, newly arrived with her family from Ireland, has few friends, and her family doesn't have the extra money for a turkey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

F IS FOR FIREFLIES by Kathy-jo Wargin
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2011

"A sunny celebration. (Picture book/religion. 2-5)"
Wargin continues her series of seasonal alphabet books (K Is for Kite: God's Springtime Alphabet, 2010, etc.) with this exploration of summertime delights interwoven with a religious message. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

S IS FOR SNOWMAN by Kathy-jo Wargin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A nice addition to seasonal bookshelves that will find extra use in church-school programs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wargin's latest completes her four-season abecedarian series and relates the wonders of winter to God's goodness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

K IS FOR KITE by Kathy-jo Wargin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Parents and preschoolers will enjoy the joyous, fresh illustrations and the basic alphabet format, as long as they're not too picky about details. (Religion/picture book. 2-5)"
In her first picture book, Gatto offers cheerful, brilliantly colored paintings of children celebrating springtime and Easter pursuits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALFRED NOBEL by Kathy-jo Wargin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

A picture-book biography of the inventor of dynamite and creator of the Nobel Prizes fills a niche but oversimplifies somewhat in so doing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FROG PRINCE by Kathy-jo Wargin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"The Grimms' ending, in which the prince's faithful servant Henry's iron bands about his chest are loosed for joy at his master's return and marriage, is also included. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)"
A very pretty rendering of this difficult story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LEGEND OF LEELANAU by Kathy-jo Wargin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"An author's note explains that this tale also accounts for the origin of the name of Leelanau County in Michigan. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
Another successful collaboration from the author and illustrator of The Legend of Sleepy Bear, this 18th-century tale was originally retold as "Leelinau, or The Lost Daughter" by an Indian agent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

P IS FOR PUMPKIN by Kathy-jo Wargin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The little girl shown on the jacket is sound asleep with her dog in a pumpkin patch, but the inside spreads are much more lively than the cover illustration indicates. (Picture book/religion. 2-6)"
The traditional alphabet-book format combines with rhyming couplets that relate Christian concepts to aspects of the fall season. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCK & COMPANY by Kathy Caple
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2007

"Snap this one up—it's sure to fly off the shelves. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Duck and Rat co-own a bookstore, and this easy reader's five chapters offer a charming glimpse into the highs and lows of their workaday life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST DUCKY by Kathy Mallat
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A charmer. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ducky searches high and low for a friend who can play, but discovers that the best friend he can have is literally right under his nose. Read full book review >