Search Results: "Piet Grobler"


BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BIRD’S ABC by Piet Grobler
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 30, 2005

The small square shape and multicolored checked spine and endpapers are reminiscent of Chris Raschka's Mysterious Thelonious. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEY, FROG! by Piet Grobler
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

Presented as original but with folkloric antecedents, this tale of a greedy frog who swallows up every drop of water features a cast of stylized South African creatures, and an informal tone: " ‘Hey Frog,' they shouted. ‘Unzip those lips before you pop!' " But Frog will not, despite the best efforts of Lion, who tries to scratch him, Crocodile, who tries to scare him, Crow, who hopes that his insults will provoke a retort, and other thirsty beasts, all with their own plans. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MOUSE by Lida Dijkstra
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Livelier versions exist. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
This variant of The Mouse Bride, originally published in Rotterdam, features an unlikely prenuptial pair. Read full book review >

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WHO IS KING? by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2015

"A buoyant eye-opener for younger readers under the impression that African folk tales begin and end with Anansi. (introduction, source notes) (Folk tales. 7-9)"
Naidoo and Grobler follow up their Afrocentric collection of Aesop's Fables (2011) with a fresh set of tales drawn from Amharic, Luo, Zulu and other traditions.Read full book review >

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AESOP'S FABLES by Beverley Naidoo
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A delightful new rendition of some old favorites. (Fables. 5-11)"
Wearing a deliberate African patina, this refreshing collection of 16 Aesop fables takes place in the South African veld, giving these timeless moral tales a visual and verbal facelift. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FUSSY FREYA by Katharine Quarmby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Savory fare for fussy eaters. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Freya decides to become a finicky eater, it takes clever Grandma Clare to find a cure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOCTOR ME DI CIN by Roberto Piumini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A delightful amusement with lovely and evocative artwork. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Despite his eponymous name, a wise doctor tricks a sick prince into curing himself without herbs or medications. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKY BLUE ACCIDENT/ACCIDENTE CELESTE by Jorge Luján
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"While not essential, this is a vibrantly presented and provocative exploration of the imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In Luján's free verse poem, a boy on his way to school collides with the sky and breaks it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO KILLED PIET BAROL? by Richard Mason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"The strange, unpredictable arc of a born narcissist who turns out to have a soul after all."
The rake from Mason's preternaturally witty History of a Pleasure Seeker (2012) comes to an untimely end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLORS! ¡COLORES! by Jorge Luján
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"A lovely book to share, reflect upon and linger over. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Flowing watercolors and charming rhymes in English and Spanish combine to convey the colors of the natural world with simple yet sophisticated grace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMELL by Piet Vroon
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"As for the rest, there are enough tidbits and food for thought to please the curious mind."
Everything you wanted to know about one of the two ``chemical'' senses, including the fact that taste is as much a function of smell as it is of taste buds. Read full book review >