Search Results: "Roger De Muth"


BOOK REVIEW

DINNER FOR EIGHT by Roger De Muth
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"But there's no denying that the lift-the-flap design always delights young would-be readers, and De Muth goes the extra mile with humorous surprises under each flap. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Many hands make a luscious international feast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MESSY BESSIE by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"Readers will need a discerning eye to discover the secrets hidden within them without feeling the need to go clean their own rooms. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Bessie, an untidy mouse, awakens one morning to a mess of monumental proportions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZEN TIES by Jon J Muth
by Jon J Muth, illustrated by Jon J Muth
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A welcome return. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this companion to Muth's Caldecott Honor-winning Zen Shorts (2006), the wise and gentle Giant Panda Stillwater and his young friends are joined by Stillwater's young nephew Koo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STONE SOUP by Jon J Muth
adapted by Jon J Muth, illustrated by Jon J Muth
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Despite atmospheric art and touches of gentle humor, this follow-up to his recent retelling of Tolstoy's Three Questions (2002) comes off as somewhat portentous and overwritten. (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
Muth transports a classic European trickster tale to China and turns it into an explicit, formalized philosophical lesson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE QUESTIONS by Jon J Muth
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A soaring achievement. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Nikolai wants to be a good person but believes that he needs guidance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMA LION WINS THE RACE by Jon J Muth
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Delightful and sweet, with a dose of whimsy and the special appeal of fast cars and competition. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this departure for Muth from his Zen books about Stillwater the panda, several stuffed animals speed across a glorious European countryside in classic race cars—and on one impressive motorcycle—and, with some strategic help from Mama Lion, everyone wins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZEN SOCKS by Jon J Muth
by Jon J Muth, illustrated by Jon J Muth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Lessons of patience, compassion, and sharing, delivered gently. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-10)"
Stillwater, the wise panda from Muth's Zen picture books is back. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZEN SHORTS by Jon J Muth
Kirkus Star
by Jon J Muth, illustrated by Jon J Muth
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The Buddha lurks in the details here: Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Limpidly beautiful watercolors and a wry, puckish gentleness mark these three Zen stories, one for each of three children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HI, KOO! by Jon J Muth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Throughout, condensed poetic image coupled with spare illustration yields huge effect; in a word, magical. (Picture book/poetry. 3 & up)"
Long before photography, poets took to haiku, the poetic equivalent of a snapshot, and painters, to the suggestive medium of watercolor to capture the essence of moments in nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Children might want to share this veteran writer's oblique, whimsical reminder to slow down and smell the printer's ink with their overscheduled parents. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The illustrator of Karen Hesse's Come On, Rain! (1999) places Charlip's (Peanut Butter Party, not reviewed, etc.) rushed young narrator amidst an extended, multicultural family and gives her a book that is recognizably this one, sometimes even open to the same spread. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COME ON, RAIN! by Karen Hesse
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"Muth contributes fine watercolor atmospherics, in sultry summer scenes where the heat is almost palpable, and raucous wet scenes of jubilant dancers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hesse (Just Juice, p. 1600, etc.) hits some high notes in this story of parched summer days in the city. Read full book review >