Search Results: "Michael Graves"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. CHAS AND LISA SUE MEET THE PANDAS by Fran Lebowitz
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The best thing you can do with this book is read it to an adult; children are far too sophisticated to be taken in. (Fiction. 7-12)"
It's a rare book whose uniqueness works against it. Read full book review >

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UNCLE BLUBBAFINK’S SERIOUSLY RIDICULOUS STORIES by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"But it's hard to imagine an adult able to bear reading it to them. (Picture book. 7-10)"
"OK, so I'm Uncle Blubbafink. Hello already. Read full book review >

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SECOND BANANA by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Take this off the shelf to share with primary-grade students who are navigating the ever changing landscape of friendship. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Under the big top, the show must go on, but the relationship between a spotlight-grabbing monkey and the amiable gorilla that assists him is ripe for a change. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN OF AWKWARD FALLS by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Unfortunate Events galore, served with relish. (finished illustrations not seen) (Melodrama. 11-13)"
The creator of such picture books as Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999) and Three Nasty Gnarlies (2003) dishes up a first novel seasoned with the same delightfully twisted, ghoulish sensibility. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN BIG by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"For all kids who know they are really smarter than the grown-ups. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, humongous egg"—and, of course, out of that egg hatches a big, humongous chick. Read full book review >

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LORETTA by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Ace Scout Loretta isn't particularly appealing, but perhaps she's not meant to be—perfectionism is not a desirable trait, and children may recognize a bit of Loretta in themselves before it gets out of hand. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Loretta's goal to be the latest in a long line of perfect Pinky Scouts is foiled by her inability to toast a marshmallow to golden perfection. Read full book review >

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THE UNEXPECTEDLY BAD HAIR OF BARCELONA SMITH by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Though less gross than Graves's best work, this is sufficiently wacky to sit next to, say, Margie Palatini's Bedhead, illustrated by Jack E. Davis (2000). (Picture book. 6-8)"
A hyper-cautious lad is dragged by his hair—literally—into a looser lifestyle in this typically off-the-wall episode from Graves. Read full book review >

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THREE NASTY GNARLIES by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A yucky, mucky crowd-pleaser. (Picture book. 6-9)"
The author of Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (1999) and other grotesqueries proposes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder—funky though that beauty may be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUPPY! by Keith Graves
by Keith Graves, illustrated by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Not so different from having a 'puppy' of the canine sort. Except for the stripes. And the impressive teeth. (Picture book. 6-8)"
For boys, at least, some things haven't changed since the Stone Age. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTERATOR by Keith Graves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A true, monstrous success! (Picture book. 5-9)"
A been-there-done-that just-try-to-impress-me boy gets his wish to "be something screamingly scary. / Something fanged and foul and terribly hairy!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PET BOY by Keith Graves
by Keith Graves, illustrated by Keith Graves
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Certainly a very useful book to have on hand when a chorus of avoidance meets the dog's desire for dinner and a scratch behind the ear. (Picture book 5-8)"
For those times when it is forgotten that a pet is not a toy, Graves provides a pointed little cautionary tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

5 PENS IN HAND by Robert Graves
Released: March 20, 1957

"That stratospheric readership which dotes on mythological deities may celebrate this omnium gatherum."
Erudite and iconoclastic Robert Graves' addresses at Yale, Mount Holyoke and Trinity; many essays from The New Yorker, The New Republic, Punch and other periodicals; sallies, stories, and poetry are packaged here. Read full book review >