Search Results: "Philomen Sturges"


BOOK REVIEW

SHE’LL BE COMIN’ ’ROUND THE MOUNTAIN by Philomen Sturges
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Rich in storytime possibilities, to say nothing of offering a crystalline but unpreachy message of the joy and value in books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Southwestern color, flavor, and rhythm, a cheery village of anthropomorphized animals, and a slight twist on the words of a traditional and well-loved song culminate in a rollicking surprise ending. Read full book review >

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ANGEL'S GATE by p.g. sturges
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Sturges (The Tribulations of the Shortcut Man, 2012, etc.) piles on the chuckles, throws in a host of extreme characters and provides readers with nonstop action. And he does so with enough finesse to compensate for the novel's weaknesses."
The Shortcut Man is back once more, and he quickly becomes mired in more than one case of sex, drugs, blackmail and—what else?—murder. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE RED HEN (MAKES A PIZZA) by Philemon Sturges
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"I will.'(Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
In the best refashioning of a classic folktale since Eugene Trivizas's Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (1993), Sturges hilariously extends and modernizes the original. Read full book review >

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TRIBULATIONS OF SHORTCUT MAN by P.G. Sturges
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Just as funny as Dick's debut (Shortcut Man, 2011), but more consistently plotted in the manner of all your favorite criminal zanies."
A marital swindle plunges Dick Henry, the man who slices through Gordian knots for a living, into a stew of other schemers, lots of them witless, some of them real sharpies, most of them with just as many boundary issues as him. Read full book review >

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WAGGERS by Philemon Sturges
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The cats may come out on top this time, but just wait. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Readers of any age who have wondered why dogs sniff each others' rear ends upon meeting may not credit Sturges' rhymed, not-quite-serious explanation, but will be nonetheless entertained by it. Read full book review >

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I LOVE SCHOOL! by Philemon Sturges
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Some readers will complain that this is a classic piece of avoidance, but its sunny disposition can't help making school look fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A soothing, bright-as-noon introduction to school that ought to help chase away any shim-shams that first-timers might be experiencing. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S THAT SOUND, WOOLLY BEAR? by Philemon Sturges
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"A solid introduction to a few members of the intriguing world of insects. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
With a caterpillar in the title role and newcomer Paley's collage illustrations, this book inspires inevitable comparisons to Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Read full book review >

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BRIDGES ARE TO CROSS by Philemon Sturges
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This book will open young eyes to the marvels of bridge-building, and carry readers to a whole wide world of wonder. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Stunning, detailed cut-paper designs illustrate an impressive celebration of bridges. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I LOVE PLANES! by Philemon Sturges
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"The whole book would work well for group sharing, while those endpapers would be a perfect stepping-off point for one-on-one sharing with older preschoolers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sturges and Halpern (I Love Trains!, 2001, etc.) team up again for the not-unexpected airborne entry in their series of picture books on the apparatus of travel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIFT OF CHRISTMAS by Philemon Sturges
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"The faces of her people lapse into cartoons at times, but most of the scenes and objects are lovely in this sensory celebration of Christmas for the very young. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a singsong rhyme Sturges (Ten Flashing Fireflies, p. 640, etc.) chronicles the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of Christmas: ``Scented candles, smoke from the fire;/ Wet wool mittens getting drier.'' He sometimes stretches for the rhyme or waxes a bit sentimental, but the overall effect is festive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS LITTLE PIRATE by Philemon Sturges
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"A delight for young mateys, at bedtime or any other. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The creators of Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza (1999) spin off an equally inspired take on "This Little Piggy," gathering ten pirate pigs in two rival crews around a big box found on a small desert island. Read full book review >

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TEN FLASHING FIREFLIES by Philemon Sturges
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1995

"A book quietly luminous as its subject. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Don't use the ``e'' word (ecology) on this nighttime reverie. Read full book review >