Search Results: "Maggie Kneen"


BOOK REVIEW

CHOCOLATE MOOSE by Maggie Kneen
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 20, 2011

"The sweet message of friendship and sugary illustrations cannot overcome the book's basic illogic. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A chocoholic moose misreads "mouse" on a help-wanted sign and ends up working at Mrs. Mouse's bakery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN YOU'RE NOT LOOKING by Maggie Kneen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The soft pictures have appeal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young imaginations are tempted in this counting book that invites readers to invent stories to go along with illustrations and captions, sort of a version of Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984), with its sinister quality counterbalanced by greeting-card pretty double-page spreads. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"As an ambitious cast of characters is introduced, more background would add spice to the three connected stories, but it's so cozy and cheerful, readers will crave more than just this taste of Hamlet's adventures anyway. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Hamlet the swine has quite the nose for food. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGGIE by John Sanford
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1993

"A sometimes too personal story—occasionally, conversations obviously meaningful in context sound stiff and dated here—but heartfelt in its affection and gratitude. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A moving testimony to the endurance of love and the human spirit as veteran writer Sanford (View from this Wilderness; A More Goodly Country, etc.) celebrates his 50-year-plus marriage to the beloved late Maggie, screenwriter of the Oscar-winning True Grit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS YOUR GARDEN by Maggie Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 1998

"Perhaps best of all, in the gathering exuberance of the little girl's flowerbed, there is real provocation to get a garden going, to see if the glorious raucousness of Smith's pages can be duplicated in the earth. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-517-70993-7 A primer for young gardeners, tuning them in to the basics for starting a garden and then maintaining it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILLY'S WEDDING by Kate Summers
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Filled with the myriad details that are part of planning a wedding, Summers and Kneen (Milly and Tilly, 1997) chronicle the activities of besotted mice Milly and Tom as they prepare for their big day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SNOW BEAR by Miriam Moss
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A warm tribute to the love of a child for its mother with a gimmick that doesn't detract. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Soft snow falls on this delightful story of a young bear's trust that his mother will find him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1997

"A much livelier rendering of this story can be found in Jan Brett's Town Mouse, Country Mouse (1994). (Picture book/folklore. 3-6)"
The best thing about this rather insipid reworking of this ancient tale is its gorgeous jacket painting: full of lush detail in texture, fabric, flora, and fauna, with berries ripe enough to eat, a steaming pot, and upholstery lovingly rendered. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Solid information and pleasing poetry make this a charming package for introducing young readers and listeners to the world of toads. (Poetry/nonfiction. 5-8)"
The author-illustrator pair who produced Mouse Tail Moon (2002) returns with a cycle of 26 poems describing toad lives over the course of four seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALLIE, THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER by Shirley Menendez
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"For a better spin on the origin of tinsel, try Shirley Climo's Cobweb Christmas (2001). (Picture book. 4-8)"
With her charming illustrations of a world populated entirely with rabbits, Kneen (Mouse Tail Moon, p. 1479, etc.) succeeds in elevating this rather pedestrian version of an old tale to a higher level. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOME PIG! by E.B. White
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"No substitute for the full story, but a worthy stand-in for fledgling readers not yet up to tackling the original on their own. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Kneen contributes a set of serene, soft-toned scenes to the complete, unaltered second chapter of Charlotte's Web, in which Wilbur (who positively radiates with personality in the pictures) gets plenty of TLC from Fern, and is finally sold to the Zuckermans. Read full book review >