Search Results: "Marcus Pfister"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL ABC by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Pfister has a following, so adults who recognize his name will likely be drawn to the (hologram-free) artwork. Others may want to choose from among the more classic animal ABCs. (Alphabet book. 4-6)"
Animal alphabet books abound, so it takes something special to make one stand out; this one doesn't have it. Read full book review >

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SNOW PUPPY by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This nicely captures a puppy's (or a child's) distractibility, and the Christmas tie-in adds the moral that Pfister's books never lack. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pfister gets into the head and heart of a puppy experiencing the wonders of his first snow, as well as the heartache of his first time being lost. Read full book review >

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BERTIE AT BEDTIME by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Gentle, sweet and endearing, but hardly unique. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the Hippo wants Daddy to play. Read full book review >

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GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A formulaic, fishy nighttime read sure to please fans. (Picture book. 2-4)"
For his 20th anniversary, Rainbow Fish gets a bedtime story. Read full book review >

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AVA'S POPPY by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Bury this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This trite and simplistic tale of friendship and the life cycle offers little that is new. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDLY MONSTERS by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Stick with Sesame Street's more lovable critters. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
In a pop-up album that provides a strong argument for attaching parental-advisory labels, happy monsters rear up over a hill, spring from closet and cellar and burst out from under the bed to assure a pair of timorous, pajama-clad children that they're not really scary. Read full book review >

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QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"In a world that so often emphasizes answers and solid facts, it is refreshing to see a text that encourages questioning, whether realistic or imaginative flights of fancy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a departure from his usual sparkly fare, Pfister's latest is a sweetly simple look at some very deep questions, allowing children the opportunity to delve into some of life's mysteries. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN'T WIN THEM ALL, RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 6, 2017

"Pfister tackles a common frustration with which youngsters will relate; unfortunately, glittery scales are the only thing to add shine to these lackluster depths. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Twenty-five years after the original shimmering publication, Rainbow Fish returns to learn a lesson in good sportsmanship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILO AND THE MAGICAL STONES by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Pfister's message—about making wise ecological choices—home. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Pfister (Hopper's Treetop Adventure, p. 226, etc.) begins this book with his trademark fly-in-the-ointment approach: A happy bunch of cherubic cliff mice inhabit an idyllic island, where all is wonderful until winter forces the mice into dank, dark caves. Read full book review >

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HOPPER'S TREETOP ADVENTURE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"The soft watercolors wash the whole event with angelic light. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A modest adventure involving an ambitious bunny, a tall tree, and some hazelnuts. Read full book review >

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JUST THE WAY YOU ARE by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"In addressing one of childhood's basic insecurities, Pfister has produced an engaging work which children and adults will raptly appreciate 'just the way it is.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Perhaps the animals should have decided on a costume party instead of a "come-as-you-are" soiree. Read full book review >