Search Results: "Lynne Chapman"


BOOK REVIEW

CLASS TWO AT THE ZOO by Julia Jarman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Just the ticket for reading prior to a class trip. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A visit to the zoo turns suddenly perilous for a rambunctious class in this bouncy cautionary tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MULE SCHOOL by Julia Rawlinson
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Chapman's bright, cartoonish chalk pastels heighten the humor. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this quirky but direct take on the "it's okay to be different" theme, Stomper, a polite and caring mule, struggles with his school's curriculum, which focuses entirely on mastering stubbornness skills. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The short length of the poems, humorous illustration and, of course, those ever-popular flaps all combine to make this a sure hit…but beware—exposure to these poems could transform children into Againosauruses. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
The team of Mitton and Chapman present dinosaur lovers with another collection of poems (Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur!, 2009). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"With great vocabulary, verses that scan well and a large trim size, this fits well into dinosaur-themed storytimes. (Picture book/poetry. 3-6)"
While seemingly light fare at first glance, Mitton's rhyming verses impart a fair amount of information about their dinosaur subjects, reflecting their behavior, food and eating habits and habitats. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BAD WOLF IS GOOD by Simon Puttock
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Chapman's hammy pastels, with their hangdog wolf and frantic fowl, ably carry this story of just how hard it is to unsully a bad reputation and that intentions are good only if you keep following through. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The more the Big Bad Wolf tries to shed his big bad reputation, the more he gets the same terrified response from the local bird population. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KANGAROO’S CANCAN CAFÉ by Julia Jarman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Still, this should amuse young listeners and prompt them to shake it. (Picture book. 3-6)"
After an inspiring trip to Paris, a kangaroo starts his own dance troupe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN COWS COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Dori Chaconas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Her cows all have their own personalities, right down to little cousin Dale, who hangs a golden star on Moosha's tail and solves the family's dilemma. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Three amiable bovine sisters always hoof it back to the ranch each year for the holidays, only this year they have a little problem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A LARK IN THE ARK by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"There is no religious content beyond the Noah's Ark premise; this version of the story is just for the fun of peeking behind the 25 flaps. (Religion/picture book. 3-5)"
This British import offers an amusing look at the Noah's Ark story, in a design for preschoolers with sturdy coated pages and a lift-the-flap format well suited to the hide-and-seek theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROCKY AND THE LAMB by Greg Gormley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"June 2006), illustrated by Nate Lilly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this unexceptional bully tale, a wolf as "mean and cowardly as a dog at bath time" changes his ways after snatching a box from a cute little lamb in a pink coat, and discovering the literal truth of her claim that it contains a beautiful crown guarded by "the scariest, hairiest monster you could possibly imagine." Read full book review >

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BAD HARE DAY by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The best part of this is the title—and that's not even original. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A weak outing from the creators of the Smudge books (A New House for Smudge, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RICKETY BARN SHOW by Jemma Beeke
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Start practicing your audience skills and watch out for those death-defying sheep. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pleasingly silly bauble of a story, somewhat akin to Old MacDonald in picture-book format. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2013

"An intriguing adventure story that often doesn't ring true. Caveat emptor."
The improbable story of how Chapman was kidnapped from her rural Colombian village at the age of 5 and abandoned in the jungle. Read full book review >