Search Results: "Laurent de Brunhoff"


BOOK REVIEW

BABAR ON PARADISE ISLAND by Laurent de Brunhoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"Familiarity here breeds contentment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Shipwrecked pachyderms find many pleasures and surprises on a tropical island. Read full book review >

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SERAFINA THE GIRAFFE by Laurent de Brunhoff
Released: Feb. 20, 1961

"Lady Rhinoceros comes to the rescue however, when after the animal children's dismal cake baking failure, she appears with a store bought cake for Grandmother."
As Serafina prepares for her Grandmother's birthday party, she and her friends are distracted by several unfortunate mishaps. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 25, 1971

"Their antics and encounters, however, have neither plot nor point, and the amusing conceits, such as umbrella plants that ripen just before the rain, don't provide the thrust this formless little bonbon needs."
There is a certain ingenuous charm in this sketchily illustrated present-tense story of a rabbit and a turtle who take off in an odd flying machine for a valley where an orchestra of llamas, antelopes and sheep perform evening concerts and a lonely horse watches TV from morning to night. Read full book review >

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BABARS FAIR by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1956

"They go through their motions a little like U.N. delegates on holiday and, being very human, endear themselves to us the more."
The complete insouciance and artlessness with which the Babar books are written and illustrated, continues to fascinate. Read full book review >

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BABAR AND THE NEW BABY by Laurent de Brunhoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A starter set for grown-up Babar fans who want to introduce the classic characters to their children. (Board book. 2-4)"
A simplified and condensed version of Babar's Little Girl (1987), starring Princess Isabelle. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 19, 1970

"Otherwise it commends itself chiefly by its existence."
The surprise is to be a statue of Babar carved in a side of the mountain, and the story revolves — monotonously — around keeping it a surprise. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S BATTLE by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Pleasantly predictable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Echoing recent political change and prescribing more peaceable strategies, Brunhoff adds still another episode to the annals of the popular elephant king. Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1957

Our ponderous pachyderm friends of Celesteville, King Babar and Queen Celeste, are visited by the Old Lady and her brother Professor Grifaton — a typical butterfly collector, with his two children Colin and Nadine. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S LITTLE GIRL by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: April 15, 1987

"As another in a well-loved series, it's a welcome restatement of one of childhood's themes in a grand, familiar setting."
Babar and the serenely pastoral country around Celesteville are back, with a new daughter's early years and misdemeanors. Read full book review >

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BABAR'S MYSTERY by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 2, 1978

"It's all too blankly mysterious to be much fun."
There's no guessing what's afoot as first Babar's piano disappears, then his car, then the gold statue he's scheduled to unveil (helas! a crude dummy). Read full book review >

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BABAR LOSES HIS CROWN by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"Maybe for early learners to read to their superseded parents?"
This latest episode comes in a new don't-wait-for-mother, read-it-yourself format, and parents who enjoyed Babar as much as their offspring are the first losers; next are the youngsters who absorbed a little piquancy along with the plot. Read full book review >

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BABAR’S MUSEUM OF ART by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"As a primer for both parents and children on how to manage a family visit to an art museum, it cheerily offers both good and bad examples to follow and avoid; as a deeper invitation to encounter art, it barely serves as an introduction. (Picture book. 4-8)"
That venerable elephant returns in another classically plotless but curiously appealing outing, this time to the new art museum of Celesteville (modeled on the Musée d'Orsay). Read full book review >