Search Results: "Max Grover"


BOOK REVIEW

MAX'S WACKY TAXI DAY by Max Grover
HUMOR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Grover's intense palette and artwork have instant appeal, but the vibrant colors are doing all the work and can't compensate for the stodgy text. (Picture book. 7+)"
Grover (Circles and Squares Everywhere!, 1996, etc.) mines wordplay with plenty of energy and color, but the sequence of events, concepts, and images are forced and clanky. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL ZUCCHINI by Max Grover
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Attractive, if not essential. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grover's first is ``An Unexpected Alphabet,'' with pairings (``Fork fence''; ``Vegetable volcano'') that occasion amusing surreal paintings in crayon-bright colors. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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

MAX by Sara Cohen-Scali
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 7, 2017

"Horrific atrocities—and the ghastly realities of any war—seen through the eyes of a child with heartbreaking cognitive dissonance pack a wallop. (Historical fiction. 15-18)"
The education of a young Nazi, from fetus to 9-year-old. Read full book review >

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I WISH I WERE A PILOT by Stella Blackstone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not the best—or the worst—on the subject. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Rhyming couplets highlight different modes of transportation: "I wish I were an astronaut, hurtling into space. Read full book review >

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MAX by Bob Graham
by Bob Graham, illustrated by Bob Graham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"The rest of the text has a tender quality that can't be overlooked, and the artwork alone—cartoony watercolors of saturated color, broken into numerous panels—will keep young eyes wholly absorbed. (Picture book. 4-7)"
No one will accuse Graham (Benny, 1999, etc.) of excessive subtlety in this story of meeting life's challenges when you are good and ready. Read full book review >

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MAX by Ken Wilson-Max
by Ken Wilson-Max, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Wilson-Max keeps the paper engineering simple; his cast is affable, but under-utilized by the format. (Board book. 2-5)"
A board book with pull-tabs and flaps neatly outlines a child's unconventional but loving family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS MABEL'S TABLE by Deborah Chandra
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"The recipe—complete with cinnamon and strawberries—sounds yummy and would really work, too. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In a musical cumulation echoing ``The House That Jack Built,'' ingredients for a generous batch of pancakes are assembled on Miss Mabel's table on versos (``...the morning light,/that shines on five eggs, smooth and white,/that wait near the flour (four cups, no more)...''), while Miss Mabel herself, in full-bleed recto paintings, rises before dawn and makes her way, by bike and elevated train, to her eponymous cafÇ. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GROVER CLEVELAND by Henry F. Graff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"An absorbing study of an undeservedly forgotten president."
Slender but deftly sketched assessment of our 22nd and 24th president. Read full book review >

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IT'S A MITZVAH, GROVER! by Tilda Balsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Mitzvahs galore for Muppet lovers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Can a book do its job too well? Read full book review >