Search Results: "Norton Juster"


BOOK REVIEW

AS: A Surfeit of Similes by Norton Juster
Released: March 24, 1989

The author of The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) returns with a delightful, and exhaustive, exploration of smiles: explicit comparisons that "reveal the. . .essence of whatever we want to describe. . .to enlarge our understanding or perception of human experience and observation." Read full book review >

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THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"As the little girl unwinds at the end of the stay, she imagines the many possible visitors who might come to the Hello, Goodbye Window—but no one is more happily welcomed than her parents, who pick her up after her picture-perfect day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
On the title page, a little girl springs away from her parents; turn the page, and the reader sees only her arms on the gate, the reader taking her perspective as she looks over to the white clapboard house where her Nanna and Poppy's faces stare equally eagerly out of the Hello, Goodbye Window. Read full book review >

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THE ODIOUS OGRE by Norton Juster
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A delicious morsel with which to whet the palate for other works by these giants of children's literature. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Move over, Shrek, there's a new ogre in the picture-book section. Read full book review >

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NEVILLE by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A fine treatment of a tried-and-true theme. (Picture book 4-6)"
A little boy, bereft over moving, makes strides toward feeling at home in his new neighborhood. Read full book review >

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THE ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A timeless tribute to learning as play, much enriched with background on even the (seemingly) throwaway lines and puns. (Literary criticism. 10-12, adult)"
Still ferrying dazzled readers to Dictionopolis and beyond 50 years after his first appearance, young Milo is accompanied this time through by encyclopedic commentary from our generation's leading (and most readable) expert on the history of children's literature and publishing. Read full book review >

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SOURPUSS AND SWEETIE PIE by Norton Juster
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Readers will be as happy as Nanna and Poppy to welcome both of them back. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The ingenuous little girl from the Caldecott Medal-winning The Hello, Goodbye Window (2005) is back, exploring the split personality that causes her loving grandparents to give her two very different names. Read full book review >

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ALBERIC THE WISE by Norton Juster
FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"Handsome, gracefully written, and eminently discussable. (Fiction. 10+)"
A leisurely, philosophical tale that first appeared as the title story in a 1965 collection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT RAINBOW by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: March 1, 2000

"Picture book poetry."
Paying poetic tribute to the aurora borealis, Esbensen and Davie (Echoes for the Eye, 1996) invoke the legends with which northern peoples have wreathed it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY WHALES DRINK MILK by Barbara Juster Esbensen
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"An excellent addition to the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out series. (Nonfiction/picture book. 3-8)"
The title epitomizes Esbensen's creative presentation of an important concept: how whales differ from the fish they seem to resemble and share characteristics with other mammals. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"A useful springboard for young writers and poets. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Noting that ``the most ordinary things can suddenly seem new and unexpected,'' Esbensen evokes the surprise and wonder in everyday images and objects. Read full book review >

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DANCE WITH ME by Barbara Juster Esbensen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A fine addition to poetry and picture book collections, this is simple enough for reading alone and strong enough for group sharing. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
A lovely collection of 15 poems, graced with iridescent pastel illustrations. Read full book review >

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SPONGES ARE SKELETONS by Barbara Juster Esbensen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"But even in such a simple presentation, young readers could be told more about the 5,000-plus species of unique and ancient animals that make up the phylum Porifera. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
A ``Let's-Read-and-Find-Out'' book that's cheerful and colorful, if a bit odd: Esbensen describes the sponge as the skeleton of an animal, but gives few specifics on the live animal; she remarks that ``When the sponge was alive, it pumped sea water through its thousands of small pores,'' but never explains how. Read full book review >