Search Results: "Margaret Spengler"


BOOK REVIEW

READY OR NOT, DAWDLE DUCKLING by Toni Buzzeo
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Though Hide-and-Seek Daisy (2001), with its lift-the-flaps, was a bit more engaging, toddlers will identify with this friendly duckling who does things his own way. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The American cousin to Come Along, Daisy! (1998) returns in this sweet sequel to his eponymous debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAWDLE DUCKLING by Toni Buzzeo
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"In the end, the duckling follows his mother's directions for the first time, just in time to save himself from the toothsome creature lurking at water's edge, making Buzzeo's gentle lesson just right for the preschool set. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In her sophomore outing, Buzzeo (The Sea Chest, p. 949) introduces a duckling that likes to do his own thing: "Across the bay / on the blue waves rolling, / one Mama Duck / paddles and quacks. / One, two, three ducklings / swim behind / But the fourth little duckling / dawdles and dreams." Read full book review >

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THE HAPPIEST HIPPO IN THE WORLD by Danielle Steel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Well-intentioned, perhaps, but utterly forgettable. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Pedestrian writing, a predictable plot laden with well-meaning didacticism and a not-entirely-believable happy ending prevent this effort by prolific novelist Steel from living up to its limited potential. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT’S THAT AWFUL SMELL? by Heather Tekavec
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp2003 will enjoy this nose-wrinkling barnyard romp, though most would propose an earthier punch line. (Picture book. 6-8)"
After a terrible odor in the barn knocks back Duck, Sheep, and other sometime residents, they decide that the culprit has to be the piglet—but no matter how much they wash, fumigate, or otherwise try to freshen up the little guy, the stench remains. Read full book review >

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STORM IS COMING! by Heather Tekavec
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

A clever suspense story for very young children also gently shows them the face(s) of silly fears. Read full book review >

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LITTLE LOON AND PAPA by Toni Buzzeo
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"SQUEEZE the air out, TUCK his feathers tight, WIGGLE his feet, and WAGGLE his wings, which, after a third reading, lap-sitters will enjoy repeating. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Like many a human youngster, Little Loon resists his father's efforts to teach him how to dive—until scary encounters with a moose eating weeds, a bear eating a fish, and a beaver gnawing down a tree send him swimming and diving away from the dangers just like his Papa taught. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL STRIKE AT THE ZOO. IT’S TRUE! by Karma Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Young readers will not only stumble over the text's markedly irregular metrics, they are also likely to wonder how animals on strike are different from those on the job, as standing or sitting idly about is what real zoo residents usually do anyway. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Sunny scenes featuring dot-eyed, shiny-surfaced zoo animals give this otherwise ill-conceived outing visual polish, at least. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LENIN'S BRAIN by Tilman Spengler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"If not always limpid in the reading, a brilliantly tapestried and deadpan look at a half-century possibly as hilarious as it was mad."
The questionable medical practice of German neurologist Dr. Oskar Vogt extends from the 1890's to WW II—and by chronicling those decades in his knowledgeable, droll, and spirited first novel, Spengler offers an entertainment following Europe's history from last century's end to the moment before Nazi defeat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"While it is by no means necessary to have suffered from back pain to enjoy Spengler's delightful essays, this would be the perfect gift for anyone who ever has."
A humorous take on chronic low back pain, light enough to be held in one hand by anyone lying in traction or otherwise immobilized on a bed of pain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 2000

"A counting book with an ecology message with a modicum of appeal. (glossary, musical score) (Nonfiction. 3-6)"
The authors give new lyrics to the familiar rhyming folksong `Over in the Meadow,` here counting ocean mothers and their offspring one to ten from manatee to octopus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAY OUT IN THE DESERT by T.J.  Marsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"A glossary at the end of the book provides a more detailed account of the creatures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Marsh and Ward's quick tour of the Sonoran Desert introduces readers to both local fauna (such as the horned toad, javelinas, tarantulas, Gila monsters, roadrunners, and scorpions) and flora (palo verde, ocotillo, saguaro, and prickly pear). Read full book review >

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Coyote by Allen Steele

Last month, I recommended you read Allen Steele's Captain Future origin story Avengers of the Moon. You should also check out his back catalog for his Coyote series, which ...


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