Search Results: "Margaret Shannon"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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

THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1989 by Margaret Atwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Meanwhile, Rick DeMarinis, in 'The Flowers of Boredom,' does provide a context for his story—a defense contractor—that is very different, the world of work separated from the other stories' more common private emotions; and it oddly serves to make the rest seem fairly hothouse-ish by comparison."
Novelist Atwood writes a mild, conventional introduction to her choices for this year's Best, which themselves are mostly mild and conventional stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUCK ON A BIKE by David Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A 'quackerjack' of a terrific escapade. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grab your funny bone—Shannon (The Shark God, 2001, etc.) rides again! Read full book review >

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A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity—imaginative, vibrant, and at times good and spooky—and his emphatic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Camilla Cream wants to fit in, so she conforms, denying herself the things she craves—lima beans, for example—if the other kids frown upon them. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

The guileless Mr. Merriweather puts a string of lights around his window; when he is mocked by his neighbor, whose own house is covered with lights, Mr. Merriweather adds more decorations and within days has a display that people in three counties come visit. Read full book review >

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DUCK ON A TRACTOR by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Fans of Duck's previous outing will revel in this return to gentle anarchy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this similarly funny sequel to Duck on a Bike (2002), Shannon's adventurous Duck returns to conquer his next riding challenge—a tractor! Read full book review >

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JANGLES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Some fish indeed! (Picture book. 4-8) "
A boy recalls his father's pretty amazing story of the larger-than-life trout he nearly caught in this tall tale of a remarkably big fish that got away. Read full book review >

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NO, DAVID! by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"David is a small, snaggle-toothed piehead whose mischief—for those who don't have to clean up after him—is nothing short of exhilarating. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This autobiographical (according to the author's note) story from Shannon (A Bad Case of Stripes, 1998, etc.) features a young hellion, also named David, who is forever at the receiving end of a sharp "No!" Read full book review >

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GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT by Mark Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The text and paintings may be slightly odd fellows, but the story shines through, never to grow old. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gawain, youngest of King Arthur's knights, is tired of the ribbing his inexperience elicits from the others at the Round Table. Read full book review >

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BUGS IN MY HAIR! by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Don't scratch your head over this purchase: Entertainment and information are all wrapped up in one funny and disinfected package. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Head lice morph into friendly fellows in this comical and necessary title. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY TOYS by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Shannon's sardonic wit will strike a chord with parents and children alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Spencer owns a multitude of toys: old toys and new ones, big toys and small ones, bath toys, wooden toys, board games, computer games, miniature cars and trucks, musical instruments, stuffed animals and action figures. Read full book review >