Search Results: "Leo Lionni"


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IT'S MINE! by Leo Lionni
Released: March 24, 1986

"Overall, the art lacks the wit of Frederick and the extravagance of Swimmy and Inch by Inch, but suits the story well."
Another sweetly didactic picture book in Lionni's familiar, brightly colored collage style. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BLUE AND LITTLE YELLOW by Leo Lionni
Released: July 10, 1959

"A somewhat slight idea, but one which should delight the whimsical minded young reader with its lighthanded fluency."
Two little blobs of color, one yellow and one blue, are extremely close friends. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 15, 1971

"Lionni's collages in earthy browns and greens (except for the mushrooms) are more restrained than his backgrounds for Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse (1969) and subtler in their interplay of artifice and nature."
When timid, inconsequential Theodore (a close cousin to Frederick and Alexander) discovers a blue mushroom that says "quirk," he convinces his friends—a lizard, a turtle, and a frog—that this is the Mushroom of Truth, "the only one in the whole world," and that "quirk" means "that the mouse should be venerated above all other animals." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 12, 1969

"Still, a little of Alexander and Willy is better than none."
It's the turn this very ordinary plot takes that makes all the difference: envying Willy the wind-up mouse bemuse he's loved not chased, Alexander arranges with the magic lizard to be transformed into a toy too—until Willy is discarded and Alexander, thinking fast, determines that the wind-up should become a real mouse instead. Read full book review >

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PARALLEL BOTANY by Leo Lionni
Released: Oct. 1, 1977

"Among the deadpan disquisitions, the imposing gibberish (intuitive codification, fluctuations of ozonoferous density), and the incongruous examples (bagels, gypsy music) are Lionni's cunning illustrations—a garden of unearthly delights, richly ambiguous, rooted in mischief."
What Linnaeus overlooked Lionni has undertaken, teasing a new academic discipline out of his wily imagination. Read full book review >

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TILLIE AND THE WALL by Leo Lionni
Released: March 10, 1989

"Bold and colorful, these are perfect for sharing with a group."
The much-honored illustrator continues his exploration of reconciliation with another fable. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW'S DREAM by Leo Lionni
Released: March 1, 1991

"An attractive reiteration of an important theme."
A classic Lionni mouse (torn paper, pink ears) visits a museum, dreams about entering the marvelous, varied paintings, and realizes that his destiny is to be an artist. Read full book review >

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A COLOR OF HIS OWN by Leo Lionni
illustrated by Leo Lionni, edited by Simon Boughton
Released: April 26, 1976

"Alike yes—but nothing like Frederick, Swimmy, or Little Yellow."
You'd think the chameleon's ability to change his hue would afford a splendid chance for a dazzling Lionni display, and even his engaging little story—of one particular chameleon who longs for a color of his own—seems designed as a backdrop. Read full book review >

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AN EXTRAORDINARY EGG by Leo Lionni
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Just the thing to lighten up a picture-book hour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Jessica is a fancier of stones and pebbles, but her friends Marilyn and August, also frogs, don't share her enthusiasm until she turns up with what Marilyn, "who knew everything about everything," identifies as a "chicken egg." Read full book review >

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MR. McMOUSE by Leo Lionni
by Leo Lionni, illustrated by Leo Lionni
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, it's told with style and good humor, while the art of this three-time Caldecott Honor winner is always of interest. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Timothy (a typical Lionni mouse) looks in the mirror, he's startled to see a stranger in black who looks a lot like a businessman with a tail. Read full book review >

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A BUSY YEAR by Leo Lionni
by Leo Lionni, illustrated by Leo Lionni
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Still, nice. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This tall, thin book opens to nearly square spreads that nicely accommodate collages of two mice and their friend, a fruit tree that talks. Read full book review >

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FLEA STORY by Leo Lionni
Released: Aug. 22, 1977

"All in all, a bit of fun but not one of Lionni's more enticing creations."
The whole story is a balloon-enclosed dialogue between two unseen fleas, one of whom is eager to explore the world while the other prefers to stay put. Read full book review >