Search Results: "Martin Waddell"


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WHO DO YOU LOVE? by Martin Waddell
Released: April 1, 1999

"It's all very tender, and in conjunction with Ashforth's drowsy watercolors—resembling John Goodall's in style and mastery—is a story that almost melts with geniality. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Waddell's latest is a bedtime love tease that neatly abstains from the competitiveness and maneuvering that can mar the how- much-do-you-love genre. Read full book review >

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THE KIDNAPPING OF SUZIE Q. by Martin Waddell
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

A taut, realistic thriller from Waddell (Tango's Baby, 1995, etc.) featuring a feisty, thoughtful heroine. Read full book review >

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TANGO'S BABY by Martin Waddell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

From a prolific picture-book author (The Big Big Sea, 1994, etc.) comes a murky, confusing novel about two young slum dwellers forced prematurely into self-reliance. Read full book review >

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IT’S QUACKING TIME! by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The biological details may differ, but the situation and outcome will be perfectly meaningful to ducklings of the unfeathered sort, and the warm, low-key tone will provide a generous measure of comfort. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Waddell adds an unusual twist to a familiar tale: "What's that thing?" Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN SMALL PIG by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"This is an affectionate nod to friendship between ages (and types). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Old Goat (comfortably amiable), Turkey (a bit of a gloomy Gus) and Small Pig (enthusiasm incarnate) find a red boat and go rowing on Blue Lake. Read full book review >

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WEBSTER J. DUCK by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Simple, sweetly humorous, and just ducky. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Webster J. Duck emerges from his egg a beguiling, web-footed, and fuzzyheaded yellow duckling who has not yet seen his mother. Read full book review >

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THE PIG IN THE POND by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A perfect hot- weather book, sure to create demands for a swim. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Watching the ducks and geese in farmer Neligan's pond, the pig ``didn't go in, because pigs don't swim.'' Finally, though, the hot day overwhelms her and in she splashes, cavorting with such glee that the others are driven out. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

After Buster Rabbit, Stan Badger, and Sarah Mouse gallop by, Harry Tortoise sets off at his own deliberate pace to find "someone not quick who has time to play with a tortoise." Read full book review >

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A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Here he has been aided and abetted by the soft-focus chalk pastel artwork, which emits beatitude and patience like radioactive substances, and cat lovers everywhere will swoon. (Picture book 3-6)"
Waddell out-Waddells himself in the honeyed department with this story of a young girl's rescue of an abandoned kitten. Read full book review >

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LITTLE DRACULA GOES TO SCHOOL by Martin Waddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 1992

"Also available: Little Dracula at the Seashore; both were originally published in Britain in 1987. (Picture book. 5-7)"
On his first day at the Academy for Boys and Ghouls, Little Dracula's initial hesitancy dissolves after he meets the horrible creatures in his class, takes simple lessons in geography (``New Vampshire''), nature study (the difference between garlic and peasants is that garlic is ``bad to bite''), and plays a game of hearts (not with cards) at Playtime. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY HEDGEHOG BAND by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"For an intriguing contrast, pair this light-hearted merriment with Marie Hall Ets's pensive In the Forest (1944). (Picture book. 3-8)"
Harry Hedgehog makes himself a drum; Helen likes the sound and makes another, as do two more hedgehogs—each drum with its own distinctive sound (``Ratta-tat-tat''; ``BOOM''). Read full book review >