Search Results: "Michael Decamp"


BOOK REVIEW

JAKE STARTS SCHOOL by Michael Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"The preposterously shaped characters, pithy rhymes and the many emotions expressed by just a few differently drawn lines make this an enjoyable graphic experience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bug-eyed Jake is back (Jake Stays Awake, 2007) with another problem in this very funny addition to the canon of stories about starting kindergarten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORGET-ME-NOT by Michael Broad
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"The charming illustrations and sweetness of the tale are sure to appeal to young listeners, who will be quick to remember their own mothers' love with each glimpse of a blue flower (or bucket). (Picture book. 3-7)"
Monty the elephant has never seen the forget-me-nots that follow the rains, but he knows they are blue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLEST DINOSAUR’S BIG ADVENTURE by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"EWSLUGp1998 or Martin Waddell's Tiny's Big Adventure, illustrated by John Lawrence (2004), this will at least give very young audiences an easy-to-follow emotional track. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Just the dish for pre-readers who prefer their story fare bland, this prehistoric outing follows the young ceratopsid introduced in Littlest Dinosaur (2008) on a happy ramble through a sunny meadow, then into a dark forest where he quickly overcomes his growing anxiety by helping a lost baby pteranodon find its mother—earning a free flight back to his own parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CHILD'S GARDEN by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

Foreman specifies no locale for his brief parable, but there's a Middle-Eastern look to the buildings in the background (although the characters are all pale-skinned). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Telling the story with an underlying tone of respect rather than outrage or pity, and expertly capturing the Andean setting and characters, Foreman will leave readers impressed by the resourcefulness of Mia and her community, and hoping along with them for a brighter future. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Mixing small, intimate drawings captioned in pencil with larger-scale landscape watercolors, Foreman crafts a sketchy, touching original tale inspired by a family he met in a Chilean waste dump. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL FOREMAN’S PLAYTIME RHYMES by Michael Foreman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A perfect companion to Michael Forman's Mother Goose (1991). (Nonfiction. 2-6)"
A comprehensive anthology of favorite children's activity rhymes that is sure to have children building churches with their fingers; celebrating all the animals on Old Macdonald's farm; and rowing their boat gently down the stream. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PIE IS CHERRY by Michael  Rex
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The concept is useful. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rex (My Race Car, 2000, etc.) uses the simple sentence structure of the title to describe a full day in the kitchen with three redheaded siblings and their dog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RHINO’S HORNS by Michael Terry
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Extreme close-ups of rhino and baboon, lushly drawn flowers, fruit, and accompanying insects and birds, and the silly arrangements wrapped around the horns help to enhance what is still an age-old theme. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Another take on the hoary conflict of how one who is different and dolorous about it comes to accept the beauty of his own special qualities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Disappointing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Enchantment is in the air as Emily builds a snowwoman in her yard, topping her off with an old coat, a carrot nose, a straw hat, and a fancy name—Katrina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNCLE WHAT-IS-IT IS COMING TO VISIT!! by Michael Willhoite
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1993

From the author of Daddy's Roommate (1990), another purposive story concerning misconceptions about homosexuals. Read full book review >