Search Results: "Russell Ayto"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >

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WHOOPS! by Suzi Moore
by Suzi Moore, illustrated by Russell Ayto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Full of fun and sure to evoke giggles, meows, bowwows, and squeaks. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Whoever heard of a cat that can't meow? Read full book review >

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ELLA AND THE NAUGHTY LION by Anne Cottringer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Cottringer's first book adds little to the burgeoning canon of titles about a new baby in the house, but the language is vigorous and the telling is sharp. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``The day Ella's mother came home with baby Jasper, a lion slipped through the door,'' an alter ego on the loose. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN FLINN AND THE PIRATE DINOSAURS by Giles Andreae
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The pirate theme, the riotous art and the jagged-toothed, drooling dinosaurs will make this a sure hit with Me Hardies of all stripes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
While drawing dinosaurs at school, Flinn discovers he doesn't have enough markers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH’S CHILDREN by Ursula Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Sorcerer's apprentice' fans will enjoy this airy variation on a theme. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Pigeons and squirrels beat hasty retreats when a trio of witch children saunters into the park one breezy day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"In Russell's paradox of a life, Monk uncompromisingly, enlighteningly reveals a complex mixture of caddishly cold behavior, profound intellectual passion, and a fierce social conscience. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first volume of Monk's biography cohesively, skeptically analyzes the aristocratic philosopher's mathematically logical intellect, Victorian purposefulness, and Edwardian mores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COW THAT LAID AN EGG by Andy Cutbill
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The blend of restrained storytelling, which treats bike-riding cows as conceivable, and the extravagantly bold, outlandish cartoon-and-collage illustrations, creates a merry farmstead farce that will tickle young audiences. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Not since Farmer Brown's cows learned how to type has there been such an entertaining uproar in the barnyard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. POTTER'S PIG by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1996

"The scenes of Mrs. Potter in the mud are priceless, and the piglet is particularly endearing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Everything in Mrs. Potter's house is cleaned to a fare-thee- well except her messy little baby, Ermajean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARE THE DINOSAURS DEAD, DAD? by Julie Middleton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"The final view of that T. Rex towering over the two fleeing humans bodes ill for Dad. Maybe he should have paid closer attention to what his offspring was telling him. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What do parents know? When it comes to dinosaurs, maybe not as much as they think. Read full book review >

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THE COW THAT WAS THE BEST MOO-THER by Andy Cutbill
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Plenty of goofy details will have storytimers saying, 'Once Moo-re please!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Marjorie, the bovine paragon of steadfast motherhood from 2008's The Cow That Laid an Egg, returns with the other denizens of her farmyard. Read full book review >

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MR. BEAST by James Sage
by James Sage, illustrated by Russell Ayto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A different enactment of 'I love you so, I'll eat you up!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
Charlie loves sugared doughnuts almost as much as he loves monsters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2001

"Monk's generally negative portrait may alienate the great man's devotees, but it's the product of meticulous research and balanced by the biographer's esteem for a great intellect and outsized personality. (illustrations not seen)"
An outstanding conclusion to the story begun in Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 (1996): the tragedy of a brilliant but flawed thinker who mistreated the humans closest to him while promoting humanity in the abstract. Read full book review >