Search Results: "Ken Baker"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS, AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE by Ken Baker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 22, 2014

"A biggest loser. (Fiction. 14-16)"
A fat teen employs patently unsafe weight-loss techniques on reality television and gets skinny. Read full book review >

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FANGIRL by Ken Baker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Intriguing premise, flawed execution. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In what could have been an escapist fantasy romp, E! Entertainment Television chief news correspondent Baker delivers a tepid Hollywood romance. Read full book review >

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FINDING FOREVER by Ken Baker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"With poor structure and minimal stakes, this is a mystery best left alone. (Mystery. 12-16)"
A teen starlet is kidnapped and an investigative blogger is on the case in this series opener. Read full book review >

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BRAVE LITTLE MONSTER by Ken Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"While this is by no means the first of its kind—Jeanne Willis's The Monster Bed (1987) is still the benchmark—it's a great addition to the group of stories that puts monsters in the category of 'things that fear you more than you fear them.' (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little monsters fear little girls and boys hiding in their rooms in this delightful parody of a nightly bedtime ritual. Read full book review >

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1-2-3 PEAS by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 24, 2012

"Whether they're counting scores of peas, enjoying the rhymes and puns or relishing the funny visual quirks, families are sure to devour Baker's latest winner. Totally ap-pea-ling! (Picture book. 3-7)"
After an alphabetical, rhyming tour de force (LMNO Peas, 2010), Baker's energetic pea pack is back—this time, to count by ones and 10s. Read full book review >

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BIG FAT HEN by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Still, the art is gorgeous. (Picture book. 2-7)"
In vibrant full-bleed spreads, a boldly graphic rendition of ``1, 2, buckle my shoe,'' with the numbers from 1 to 10 enacted by the ``big fat hen'' and her friends and their hatching chicks. Read full book review >

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HAP-PEA ALL YEAR by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An infectious, pea-sized romp. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Having conquered the alphabet (LMNO Peas, 2010), numbers (1-2-3 Peas, 2012), and colors (Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors, 2014), Baker's goofy spherical seeds return to revel in the seasons and holidays in this book of months. Read full book review >

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MY OCTOPUS ARMS by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Though a little on the bland side, this effort should reassure little ones resting in the human arms of favorite story readers. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who hasn't occasionally wished for more than two hands (or arms) in order to simultaneously accomplish all that one needs to? Read full book review >

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HICKORY DICKORY DOCK by Keith Baker
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"A great addition to the collection of 'singing' books, with the added bonus of helping readers practice counting and time-telling skills. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The familiar nursery rhyme gains new verses in this latest from Baker, who rounds out the rest of the mouse's busy hours. Read full book review >

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MORE MR. AND MRS. GREEN by Keith Baker
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

The big-hearted alligators introduced in Meet Mr. and Mrs. Green (2002, but reformatted as an easy reader, too) return for three more feel-good episodes. Mr. Green catches fish after fish, leaving Mrs. Green "frustrated and fishless" until he shares his secret bait: jellybeans. Read full book review >

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QUACK AND COUNT by Keith Baker
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Children will regretfully wave goodbye as the ducks fly off in neat formation at the end of this brief, painless introduction to several basic math concepts. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Baker (Big Fat Hen, 1994, etc.) engages in more number play, posing ducklings in every combination of groups, e.g., "Splashing as they leap and dive/7 ducklings, 2 plus 5." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDE AND SNAKE by Keith Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 3-8)"
Hidden among other patterns as repetitive and brightly colored as his own variegated stripes, a snake challenges readers to discover him in one picture after another: "I'm playing with toys / twisting `round vases, / weaving through baskets, / and tangling with laces.'' The text doesn't add much here, but Baker's bold, handsomely stylized art is sure to amuse with its many clever pseudo-snakes and intriguing camouflages of the real one. Read full book review >