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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PEZZETTINO by Leo Lionni
Released: Oct. 6, 1975

"A loving, lightly tendered affirmation—and, incidentally, an ideal storyboard for young film animators."
In this charming tale of Pezzettino who is so much smaller than the others that he thinks he must be a little piece of someone else, Lionni combines a common theme with a very personal treatment and, in his pictures, mixes the marbelized rocks that have become his trademark with visually abstract characters reminiscent of Little Blue and Little Yellow. 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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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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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 >

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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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THE BIGGEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD by Leo Lionni
Released: April 17, 1968

"It's a lesson that youngsters are likely to like with images they're sure to remember."
A billowing green cabbage plant, a many-splendored snail shell that becomes a cracked and gaping ruin, and a startling ground-level landscape accompany a young snail's education in the perils of being overburdened, the pleasures of maintaining mobility. Read full book review >

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IN THE RABBITGARDEN by Leo Lionni
Released: April 12, 1975

"And children as yet innocent of the constraining original will find the story as natural and satisfying as the author intended."
Nothing less than a revision of Genesis is what Lionni is up to in this liberating fable (with just a hint as well of Peter Rabbit) about two little rabbits who are warned not to eat apples from the tree (or "the fox will get you") but who, in their father's absence, are induced to do so by a serpent who not only picks them the ripest apples but also plays with them and even chases the fox away. Read full book review >