Search Results: "Matthew Cordell"


BOOK REVIEW

ANOTHER BROTHER by Matthew Cordell
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"This is not just another new-baby book: Cordell's humorous text and mischievously silly, expressive cartoon art will have readers bleating to read it again and again. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Davy, a little sheep, has trouble adjusting to the arrival of not one but 12 baby brothers in this humorous twist on the tried and true new sibling theme. Read full book review >

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TROUBLE GUM by Matthew Cordell
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Packs plenty of pop. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Despite Mom's sage warnings, piglet Ruben and his little brother Julius wreak havoc with multiple sticks of gum (first proffered by, then filched from Grammy) and a newly knit blanket. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WISH by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Wish fulfilled, if a tad inscrutably. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A much-wanted child arrives as fulfillment of his parents' dearest wish. Read full book review >

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WOLF IN THE SNOW by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A near-wordless story of kindness repaid. Read full book review >

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DREAM by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A sweet book, though it's undermined by character choice. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A (gorilla) parent's dream for a child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLO! HELLO! by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"This wry object lesson blends clever design and a sincere, never-preachy delivery. Terrific! (Picture book. 3-7)"
Into a family's device-dominated existence, Cordell inserts this tribute to the realms of nature and the imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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SECOND GRADE HOLDOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A new look at an age-old fact: change is hard but maybe not as hard as what one might imagine. (Picture book. 5-9)"
After a rocky period in first grade (First Grade Dropout, 2015), the same anxious blond, white boy decides not to advance to second grade. Read full book review >

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TOBY AND THE SNOWFLAKES by Julie Halpern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Although the storyline is a bit disjointed, its message should appeal to kids with both real and imaginary friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this slow, quiet story, a lonely boy discovers that friends come and go. Read full book review >

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WHAT FLOATS IN A MOAT? by Lynne Berry
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"A goofy romp that will fit right in with elementary school science lessons. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Silly meets science in this title inspired by Archimedes' principle. Read full book review >

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LEAP BACK HOME TO ME by Lauren Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: April 26, 2011

"Hop to it and make sure this is on your shelf! (Picture book. 2-4)"
Veteran picture-book author Thompson teams with Cordell to create a deceptively simple instant classic. Read full book review >

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LIKE PICKLE JUICE ON A COOKIE by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Eleanor's concerns, not only about her babysitter, but also about playmates, friends and a new school year will be familiar to readers, who will look forward to hearing more about her life. (Fiction. 7-9)"
When Bibi, her first and favorite babysitter, moves away, it takes all of August for 8-year-old Eleanor to get beyond her sense of loss and get used to a new caretaker. Read full book review >