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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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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BONHOMME AND THE HUGE BEAST by Laurent de Brunhoff
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 8, 1974

"That's all and though there's no telling what kind of matter-of-factly told nonsense preschoolers will take to, you won't miss another Babar if you pass this by."
As pictured, Emilie's squiggly friend Bonhomme falls somewhere between a blob of glup and Casper the friendly ghost. 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. 6, 1975

"Surely no one but a de Brunhoff could get away with such a plot, but no doubt de Brunhoff will—not only for old acquaintance's sake but, too, for the surprises when it seems all has been resolved: first the rhinos thunder through Celesteville and recapture the Wully-Wully, and then as both sides prepare for war there's a more redeeming switch with little Flora elephant visiting the rhino king and persuading him to set the disputed Wully-Wully free to go where he wishes."
A family of elephants and their monkey friend find something called a Wully-Wully and adopt it as a pet. Read full book review >

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THE ONE PIG WITH HORNS by Richard  Howard
ANIMALS
Released: March 12, 1979

"A cartoonland burlesque that's especially gross in this form."
For all that one can tell, this pig has lost his marbles—he stands on top of a garbage heap with horns fixed to his head ("to be as handsome as a bull"); literally explodes when he's angry and (literally) loses his head; starts cavorting like a clown and explodes again when no one laughs; plays a mother and a baby, plants himself in the ground like a flower. . . until that off-and-on head falls out of a tree and loses its horns—whereupon he puts it back on his head "for good," reconciled to being a real pig. 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 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 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 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 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 >