Search Results: "Kevin Hawkes"


BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE MOUTHS OF LITTLE TOM DRUM by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Inventors and pie lovers will find this one delicious. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Little Tom Drum's love of strawberry pie leads to a lot more than he bargained for. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH by Anne Isaacs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"True love is no tall tale in this delightfully overblown story of a plucky widow, a herd of greedy cowboys and a Texas summer so hot the chickens lay hard-boiled eggs. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There's nothing like the unexpected arrival of a millionaire widow to spur a stampede of Texas cowboys. Read full book review >

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THE WICKED BIG TODDLAH GOES TO NEW YORK by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2011

"A memorable excursion for city residents and would-be tourists alike. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Still called "Toddie" (though now he looks more like a preschoolah), the Bunyanesqe Mainer first met in The Wicked Big Toddlah (2007) tours the Big Apple—both with and without his normal-sized parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WICKED BIG TODDLAH by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2007

"Lynne Bertrand's New Hampshire-based Granite Baby (2005). (Picture book. 3-5)"
Setting and plot play equal roles here, as Hawkes pays tribute to his home state of Maine in the course of a big sister's affectionate account of her outsized little brother's first year or so. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CHRISTMAS TREASURY by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"No new ground is broken in this volume, but Hawkes's illustrations are appealing, especially his costumed animal characters, and readers will be drawn to the attractive cover with the title in raised golden letters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Hawkes (Handel Who Knew What He Liked, p. 1352, etc.) illustrates this large-format anthology of Christmas stories and poems with his luminous, detail-filled paintings featuring muffler-wrapped field mice, a comical dog in a Santa suit, and a traditional St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIS ROYAL BUCKLINESS by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"The verse narrative stumbles a bit, but Hawkes's paintings of his fantasy adventure glow with vitality and humor, while the theme of a small person winning autonomy is dramatized with unusual panache. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hawkes (Then the Troll Heard the Squeak, 1991) tells another ebulliently offbeat tale. ``The giants stole Lord Buckley and crowned him their king''—carrying the lad off to a northern land where they coddle him, but don't ``let him slide or bump or run'' lest he break. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REMY AND LULU by Kevin  Hawkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Readers will find themselves with their noses to the pages to observe and enjoy the stylistic variation. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Behind every great painter there's a great painter who's a dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUST BEHAVE, PABLO PICASSO! by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An energetic and affectionate introduction to an artist who was always somewhat larger than life. (biographical note) (Picture book. 5-10)"
A terrific opening—a serene, classical landscape interrupted by Pablo Picasso's exuberant burst through the canvas of this bucolic scene—leads into a simplified look at Picasso's artistic development from adolescent prodigy through his 20s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGONFLY POOL by Eva Ibbotson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The book, based on the author's own childhood experiences, is a romantic tale of friendship, loyalty and heroism, and her fans will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Ibbotson's multi-stranded story begins in England at the start of World War II and ends six years later. Read full book review >

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VELMA GRATCH & THE WAY COOL BUTTERFLY by Alan Madison
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Hawkes deftly replicates the wingspan of a monarch butterfly in Velma's thick ponytails, giving the general impression of a girl emerging from her old self into her new. (Picture book. 5-8)"
First-time first-grader Velma Gratch finds that extricating herself from the grandiose shadows of her older sisters is a daunting task. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANITE BABY by Lynne Bertrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2005

"Fans of Jerdine Nolen's Big Jabe (2000), Catherine Anderson's Steamboat Annie and the Thousand Pound Catfish (2001), and similar outsized yarns will holler with glee at this new arrival. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Considerably taller than average, this original tale pits five towering, talented but not naturally maternal sisters against a wee baby whose continual howls actually rise in a cloud to cover parts of three New England states. Read full book review >