Search Results: "Margaret Wise Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

FOX EYES by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: April 1, 1977

"A 1951 edition, with stylized illustrations by Jean Chariot, failed to take hold; Garth Williams' naturalistic, softer animals make the odd story all the more unsettling."
Fox eyes stare compellingly from the jacket; more eyes lurk in the dusky brush of the title page; and then—with "There was once a spy, a red fox who came to spy on the opossums"—just one eye, set in red fur, "gleams" at the sleeping animals through a hole. Read full book review >

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COUNTRY NOISY BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: Sept. 15, 1940

"The Leonard Weisgard illustrations are silhouetted in color, modern in feel."
I liked this better than its companion volume, the Noisy Book, for this is more positive in the approach, and the negatives are inserted only for contrast. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Nevertheless, children will enjoy the whimsical scenes, and adult mavens of children's literature will appreciate and delight in the background of the discovery. (CD) (Picture book. 3-5)"
It's a treasure trove: one dozen previously unpublished lyrical songs illustrated by the likes of Jonathan Bean, Carin Berger and Melissa Sweet. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 31, 1999

"Think of this as a free-spirited alternative to Robert Kraus's Leo the Late Bloomer (1973) and its blatantly commercial reprise, Little Louie the Baby Bloomer (1998, not reviewed). (Picture book. 1-6)"
Raschka (Like Likes Like, p. 304, etc.) illustrates this previously unpublished companion to the recently reissued The Important Book (1999) with page after page of wriggly children rendered in looping, calligraphic black strokes and freely brushed color. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG RED BARN by Felicia Bond
Released: June 15, 1956

"Durably side sewn."
From dawn to dusk this trip around the barn creates a farm yard warmth as it introduces the animals casually one by one. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN EGG BOOK by Margaret Wise Brown
Released: June 15, 1947

"Hard surface glaze finish, for heavy board binding."
One of the best of the Big Golden Books — and tops in merchandise value, while at the same time the simple little story has very direct appeal, particularly for Easter seasonal sale, to any three-to-five year old. Read full book review >

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NIBBLE NIBBLE by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Minor's furry, natural-looking animals and flowery meadows have an almost tactile reality, and his illustrations add movement, drama and context to the poems, making this book a treasure for a new generation. (Picture book/poetry. 2-6)"
Five poems, originally published in 1959, are newly illustrated with lovely, detailed illustrations of bunnies, mice and other animals in natural surroundings. Read full book review >

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SLEEPY ABC by Margaret Wise Brown
ABC BOOKS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"It's bound to find its way to many a bedside table, to be rightly enjoyed by a new generation. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Take an old story by a skilled wordsmith (the text dates from 1953 and was originally accompanied by Esphyr Slobodkina's illustrations), add cheerful, cuddly illustrations and a fresh new ABC book that's also a bedtime tale is born. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR SQUASH by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Entertaining and charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A Little Golden Book first published in 1952 with illustrations by J.P. Miller sees new life with new art, proving yet again that Brown is synonymous with timelessness. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE FIR TREE by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Still, this is a lovely way to revisit an old favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)"
LaMarche updates this sentimental story, first published in 1954, with new illustrations showcased through an oversized format and many double-page spreads. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE SCARECROW BOY by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 1998

"The deceptively simple story conveys a powerful and reassuring message. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Diaz softens his palette and simplifies his lines for a story from Brown, about growing up and steadfast parental love. Read full book review >

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CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN by Margaret Wise Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"She also included a rabbit family (mother, father, and baby) throughout many of her illustrations, in tribute to Brown's best-loved works. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Brown's quietly understated text, first published in 1952 with different illustrations, provides the words for this simple, sweet, and satisfying introduction to the Nativity story. Read full book review >