Search Results: "S.D. Crockett"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 27, 2012

"A sentimental tale of hardships, resilience and first-time experiences that illustrates a universal truism: Hope springs eternal in the young. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Debut author Crockett's poetic first-person narrative depicts an adolescent's coming-of-age amid wartime havoc and an unforgiving, possibly post-apocalyptic winter. Read full book review >

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HAROLD'S CIRCUS by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1959

"In this episode Crockett Johnson achieves a singularly animated effect with his purple line drawings."
That lucky purple crayon of little Harold again works its magic. Read full book review >

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MAGIC BEACH by Crockett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"As in so much else, she was right—but it does make a handsomely packaged artifact for adult readers of children's literature. (Picture book. Adult)"
Issued with revisions in 1965 as Castles in the Sand, with early 60s-ish illustrations by Betty Fraser, this philosophical tale appears here in its original form, beneath Johnson's own rough, expressive sketches—sandwiched between an eloquent appreciation of both author and art by Maurice Sendak, and a publishing history by renowned scholar Philip Nel. Read full book review >

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HAROLD'S TRIP TO THE SKY by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 1957

"Deliciously silly, this very tiny book, done in the Barnaby style, bridges the gap between comic books and serious reading, for the illustrations are integral to the text."
Terribly timid Harold, who has survived breathtaking adventures with the help of his own imagination and props he draws with a purple crayon, ventures into outer space this time. Read full book review >

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HAROLD'S FAIRY TALE by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1956

"A tiny book, tiny as Harold and one to bring chuckles and surprises."
Neatly drawing in his own props again, Harold (of Harold and the Crayon) sketches himself another adventure. Read full book review >

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ELLEN'S LION by Crockett Johnson
Released: Aug. 5, 1959

"A word of warning to all children: Do not let this book into the hands of adults or you may have to queue up to read it."
It is perfectly natural that Ellen have a lion for a pet. Read full book review >

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GREET THE DAWN by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2012

"A serene, joyous appreciation of our place in the natural world. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Past and present meet in a hymn to the Lakota Circle of Life. Read full book review >

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QUIET HERO by S.D. Nelson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Hayes's life adds yet another sad chapter to the history of this country's treatment of Native Americans, but other than his courage as a soldier, this gives children no particular reason to admire, or even care particularly, about him. (source list) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Object of a hit song, a 1961 film and studies for adults, but not a separate profile for younger readers, Ira Hayes was less a "true American hero," as Nelson argues, than a tragic figure incapable of handling the fame that was thrust upon him. Read full book review >

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HAROLD AT THE NORTH POLE by Crockett Johnson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1958

"Harold's concentrated efficiency with the crayon is rewarded by a bountiful Christmas for him and a whimsical holiday treat for the young reader."
Harold's purple crayon once again works magic in this story of his North Pole adventure. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE RIBBON PUPPIES by Crockett Johnson
Released: Aug. 20, 1958

"Reenforced spine."
A little girl and a little boy must decide which of a whole menagerie of puppies shall be awarded the coveted blue ribbon —the fat one, the thin one, the spotty one, the plain one. Read full book review >

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UPSIDE DOWN by Crockett Johnson
Released: June 25, 1969

"Here Junior rights mother by reversing the book; most kids today could set her straight immediately (and most parents would want to)."
The dismay of a mother kangaroo who deduces from a geography book that she is really upside down is an amusing take off on an old befuddlement that's probably obsolete. Read full book review >