Search Results: "Keith Graves"


BOOK REVIEW

SECOND BANANA by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Take this off the shelf to share with primary-grade students who are navigating the ever changing landscape of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Under the big top, the show must go on, but the relationship between a spotlight-grabbing monkey and the amiable gorilla that assists him is ripe for a change. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN OF AWKWARD FALLS by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Unfortunate Events galore, served with relish. (finished illustrations not seen) (Melodrama. 11-13)"
The creator of such picture books as Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999) and Three Nasty Gnarlies (2003) dishes up a first novel seasoned with the same delightfully twisted, ghoulish sensibility. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHICKEN BIG by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"For all kids who know they are really smarter than the grown-ups. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, humongous egg"—and, of course, out of that egg hatches a big, humongous chick. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTERATOR by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A true, monstrous success! (Picture book. 5-9)"
A been-there-done-that just-try-to-impress-me boy gets his wish to "be something screamingly scary. / Something fanged and foul and terribly hairy!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT A PARTY! by Sandy Asher
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Parents should find the whole scenario entirely familiar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Froggie has such fantastic experiences at Grandpa's birthday party that he doesn't want it to end. Read full book review >

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DESERT ROSE AND HER HIGHFALUTIN HOG by Alison Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The plot, lifted nearly lock, stock and barrel from Joseph Jacobs's 'The Old Woman and the Pig,' is pretty bare bones, but readers will be so focused on the prose and on plucky Desert Rose, they probably won't notice. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old English folktale gets a Texas makeover. Read full book review >

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UNCLE BLUBBAFINK’S SERIOUSLY RIDICULOUS STORIES by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But it's hard to imagine an adult able to bear reading it to them. (Picture book. 7-10)"
"OK, so I'm Uncle Blubbafink. Hello already. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LORETTA by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Ace Scout Loretta isn't particularly appealing, but perhaps she's not meant to be—perfectionism is not a desirable trait, and children may recognize a bit of Loretta in themselves before it gets out of hand. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Loretta's goal to be the latest in a long line of perfect Pinky Scouts is foiled by her inability to toast a marshmallow to golden perfection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNEXPECTEDLY BAD HAIR OF BARCELONA SMITH by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Though less gross than Graves's best work, this is sufficiently wacky to sit next to, say, Margie Palatini's Bedhead, illustrated by Jack E. Davis (2000). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A hyper-cautious lad is dragged by his hair—literally—into a looser lifestyle in this typically off-the-wall episode from Graves. Read full book review >

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THREE NASTY GNARLIES by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A yucky, mucky crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The author of Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999) and other grotesqueries proposes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder—funky though that beauty may be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUPPY! by Keith Graves
by Keith Graves, illustrated by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Not so different from having a 'puppy' of the canine sort. Except for the stripes. And the impressive teeth. (Picture book. 6-8)"
For boys, at least, some things haven't changed since the Stone Age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PET BOY by Keith Graves
by Keith Graves, illustrated by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Certainly a very useful book to have on hand when a chorus of avoidance meets the dog's desire for dinner and a scratch behind the ear. (Picture book 5-8)"
For those times when it is forgotten that a pet is not a toy, Graves provides a pointed little cautionary tale. Read full book review >