Search Results: "Mike Berenstain"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL by Mike Berenstain
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"ISBN: 978-0-310-71250-3) and The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers (ISBN: 978-0-310-71246-6). (Picture book/religion. 3-8)"
The son of the original creators of the Berenstain Bears series continues the saga of the popular bear family with several titles that focus on religious or moral issues. Read full book review >

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS MOTHER'S DAY BLESSINGS by Mike Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"This Mother's Day tale is rather limited in its audience to those who can afford fancy brunch after their own religious services, contrary to its apparent message that being together is all that matters. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Berenstains' son adds a Mother's Day entry to the series, continuing the adventures of the Bear family with a religious focus. Read full book review >

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SHOW-AND-TELL by Mike Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Although the message that newer is not always better will be welcome with caregivers, it's unlikely this book will change any children's minds about trying to top their classmates' latest and greatest gadgets. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When show-and-tell becomes all about the latest gadgets and newest stuff, Sister and Brother come up with an item for Sister to present that breaks the consumerist mold. Read full book review >

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NOTHING EVER HAPPENS AT THE SOUTH POLE by Stan Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Sadly, while the concept is clever, the unwieldy, often awkward verse ensures that this effort will place a distant second to the many tales featuring those Bears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children's-literature buffs and staunch fans of the Berenstains (The Big Honey Hunt, 1962, etc.) will be thrilled that the second manuscript ever produced by the famed pair—shelved due to the enormous success of the Berenstain Bears characters introduced in their first book—is finally seeing the light of day. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"Closing with standard tributes to editors and collaborators, plus a few fan-mail anecdotes, these pedestrian memoirs add detail but no dimension to profiles in reference titles. (index, huge bibliography) (Autobiography. 12+)"
Two of the all-time bestselling children's authors reminisce—at length—about growing up in the '30s and '40s, getting their start in magazine cartooning, then moving into children's books as proteges of Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1992

"Berenstain lives part of the year in Java, has worked as a field ecologist and written for National Geographic; though a knowledgeable provider of information about Indonesian culture, he never brings that world to life."
Berenstain's debut shows him adept at explaining Indonesia and the world of expatriates, but less skilled at writing fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUNKYARD by Mike Austin
by Mike Austin, illustrated by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"While some kids will be fascinated with the robotic Munching Machines, the takeaway is unclear, and the represented ease of getting rid of garbage is certainly wrong. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title on the cover is a clue to the tale—"JUNK" is rendered in a rusty-colored scribbly style, while "YARD" is a light green with a grassy pattern—but the ultimate message is murky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE UP, RUPERT! by Mike Twohy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Preschoolers will bleat for a repeat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Rupert the Rooster just wants to sleep in! Read full book review >

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123 VERSUS ABC by Mike  Boldt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Readers won't care whether it's about letters or numbers—they will be too busy poring over the artwork and laughing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
On a scale from one to 10, what's your favorite color of the alphabet? Read full book review >

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WHERE IS MILO'S BALL? by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"Just as visually appealing as the app at first glance, and possibly even more durable—but showing considerable fall-off in narrative quality and awareness of audience. (Board book. 2-3)"
The blue cat that starred in the excellent app A Present for Milo (2010) makes an awful crossover from the digital domain. Read full book review >

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BOUNCING BABIES by Mike Brownlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Babies wake at half-past two!' (Picture book. 1-4)"
In lilting verse, Brownlow (The Big White Book with (Almost) Nothing in It, not reviewed, etc.) cheerfully celebrates all that infants love to do from morning to night; they don't just gurgle and sleep. Read full book review >