Search Results: "Margaret Allum"


BOOK REVIEW

PLEASE DON’T TEASE TOOTSIE by Margaret Chamberlain
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"Eyebrows resume contented position. (Picture book. 3 & up)"
Tootsie's angry eyebrows on the cover say it all: Don't mess with the cat. Read full book review >

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THE RED WOLF by Margaret Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2002

"Though turning her father into a mouse may seem a rather draconian way to win freedom, her tough-mindedness may give children feeling similarly smothered both amusement and vicarious relief. (Picture book. 8-10)"
An original "princess in a tower" tale with a startling twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBIN HOOD by Margaret Early
adapted by Margaret Early, illustrated by Margaret Early
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Read this copy indoors with velvet gloves on, and save Howard Pyle's classic telling to read outside under the trees. (Picture book/folklore. 10+)"
Early (Sleeping Beauty, 1993, etc.) now adds the tales of Sir Robin to her artistic retellings of classics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GULLIBLE'S TROUBLES by Margaret Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The message is pretty mean, but the paintings—rich in color, detail, and silliness—will have children laughing out loud by the closing scene. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Anyone who has ever been bamboozled by a belief that those he loves are telling the truth will be rooting for Gullible Guineapig. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROMEO AND JULIET by Margaret Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Beautiful patterned borders, street scenes, and architectural details are recognizable from the actual city of Verona and some well-known Renaissance paintings. (Picture book. 9-12)"
The warring families, gang fighting, teen passion, and tragic denouement will be too daunting for the conventional picture- book audience; instead, Early (Robin Hood, 1996, etc.) casts the tale of the star-crossed lovers into occasionally lackluster prose accessible to middle-school children with no firsthand knowledge of the story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOW I'M BIG by Margaret Miller
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Miller (My Five Senses, 1994, etc.) offers a simple concept, carefully executed, that will reinforce all children's sense of mastery of basic tasks. (Picture book. 3+)"
A book that acts as a visual yardstick for preschool children to gauge just how much they've grown and learned since they were babies. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTY by Margaret Early
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Still, where affordable, a handsome evocation of the tale's courtly origins. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
An illustrator whose Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1989) was an ALA Notable renders one of Perrault's tales (without the concluding episodes about the ogre mother-in-law) in a similarly sumptuous style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUBBLE TROUBLE by Margaret Mahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"For that hilarious first poem, which should become a classic, a must. (Poetry/Fiction. 8-12)"
Those lucky enough to have heard Mahy recite it will remember the title poem here, beginning "Little Mabel blew a bubble and it caused a lot of trouble—/Such a lot of bubble trouble in a bibble-bobble way./For it broke away from Mabel as it bobbed across the table,/Where it bobbled over Baby, and it wafted him away": a masterpiece of witty legerdemain with sound and sense in a breathtaking score of quatrains involving an entire neighborhood before "the baby boy was grounded and his mother held him tight." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SARA RACCOON AND THE SECRET PLACE by Margaret Burdick
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Attractive to read aloud or alone. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a companion to Bobby Otter and the Blue Boat (1987), Sara Raccoon—emulating her mother, who sends her children outside when the rain finally stops because ``I'd like to be alone for a little while''—fixes up a hollow tree as her own special nook. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FIVE SENSES by Margaret Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 1994

"An excellent concept book. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Another intelligently crafted offering for the youngest from an exceptionally creative photographer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY TIME by Margaret Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"If the point is that all one needs for family time is at least one relative, adults will have to spell it out for the children looking at these. (Board book. 2-3)"
Family Time ($4.99; May 1996; 22 pp.; 0-689-80051-7): Although this Super Chubby series entry is sturdy and wholly cheerful with photograph after full-color photograph of two or more members of a family sharing a moment, the overall theme is a little loose for the literal-minded toddlers at which it's aimed. Read full book review >