Search Results: "Max Grafe"


BOOK REVIEW

WHAT THE GRIZZLY KNOWS by David Elliott
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"It's so effective that it may well frighten some sensitive kids rather than lulling them to sleep; buy it for the more adventurous types. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this lyrical nighttime adventure aimed at the pre-K set, a boy holding his teddy bear falls asleep and begins to dream. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLD COYOTE by Nancy Wood
by Nancy Wood, illustrated by Max Grafe
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"The journey's measured pace allows children time to figure out what's coming, and to get used to the idea; the view of death as transformation rather than loss may provide some comfort. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Being "as old as coyotes get," a desert veteran takes one last walk in this grave but unsentimental valedictory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EYE OF THE WOLF by Daniel Pennac
by Daniel Pennac, translated by Sarah Adams, illustrated by Max Grafe
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This is mystery writer Pennac's (Passion Fruit, 2001, etc.) first book for children to be published in the US; while he shows a sure sense of mood and tone, the lack of actual narrative is likely to leave audiences wondering: what's the point? (Fiction. 10-13)"
A slight French import goes heavy on symbolism but light on story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEARSKINNER by The Brothers Grimm
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"It's an unabashedly old-fashioned retelling, making few concessions to modern sensibilities; as such, it carries a power rarely found in fairy-tale retellings. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-10)"
The devil makes a bad bargain in this rich retelling from the collections of the Grimms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME FIRST by Max Kornell
by Max Kornell, illustrated by Max Kornell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2014

"As soothing on the eyes as it is, potentially, on the nerves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Being first is only fun—if it can be called fun—when it doesn't entail learning the rude consequences of the unknown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TICKLEMONSTER AND ME by Max Haynes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 1999

"There is little doubt that these stage directions will be only a jumping-off point for most readers; just in case the story is not provocative enough, there are additional games included. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Haynes (In the Driver's Seat, 1997, etc.) has produced a visual script for a ticklefest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CIRCLES AND SQUARES EVERYWHERE! by Max Grover
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"An eye-catching elementary introduction to the notion, also found in Dayle Ann Dodds's The Shape of Things (1994, not reviewed), that these basic shapes can be found everywhere. (Picture book. 3-5)"
There is no shortage of picture books featuring geometric shapes, but surely this is one of the brightest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT by Max Haynes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The bold drawings feature the heavy black lines found in many board books, but with more sophisticated shapes; Haynes plays with the signs, racing stripes, and the checkerboard curve of a track, fully conveying you-are-there immediacy to children. (Picture book. 3-5)"
As if from a movie camera's viewfinder, a fantasy drive in a hot little car enfolds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMAZING AND INCREDIBLE COUNTING STORIES! by Max Grover
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A full-blast chuckle machine that doubles, very quietly, as a book about numbers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Subtitled ``A Number of Tall Tales,'' this book's loopy headlines—``Sleepless Residents Upset by 2 Giant Banjos'' and ``11 Telephones Found Growing in the Woods''—reach out to grab readers while explanations at the bottom of the page are written for maximum laughs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FROG IN WINTER by Max Velthuijs
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A charming model of friendly accommodation to differences, fine for group sharing or independent reading. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The appealingly naive frog-person who debuted in Frog in Love (1989) is astonished, one morning, to find the world white and the river frozen (```I won't be able to wash,' he thought, shocked''). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FROG AND THE BIRDSONG by Max Velthuijs
ANIMALS
Released: April 24, 1991

"The quiet blend of curiosity, respect, and joy in Velthuijs's text is enhanced by the simplicity of his bright, beautifully designed art. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The hero of Frog in Love (1989) deals with another rite of passage after he finds a dead bird. Read full book review >