Search Results: "Shutta Crum"


BOOK REVIEW

SPITTING IMAGE by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2003

"Her cover portrait will draw readers; her voice will intrigue them. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Twelve-year-old Jessie can't decide which is worse, having no father or one that's no good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THUNDER-BOOMER! by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2009

"Intermittent collage patches subtly enhance the textured scenes, providing a wildly successful sanctuary from this soaking storm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl's lazy summer day quickly turns soggy when a violent thunderstorm drenches their family farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THOMAS AND THE DRAGON QUEEN by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 13, 2010

"Fans of Gerald Morris's similar tales of knightly morality will find this one disappointingly thin. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A teenage knight sets out to rescue a princess kidnapped by a dragon and discovers that compromise will (sometimes) solve more problems than violence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY MOUNTAIN SONG by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2004

"Text length and complexity, especially about the abstract and intriguing mountain song, are out of proportion with the pictures, which don't merit more than a quick look. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pleasant but bland watercolors don't provide enough nuance for this double-themed plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MINE! by Shutta Crum
Kirkus Star
by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Patrice Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2011

"This charming, animated episode will elicit giggles and demands of 'read it again!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
What toddler hasn't experienced the frustration of trying to retrieve toys from a baby sibling or the family dog with a shouted "MINE!"? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO TOOK MY HAIRY TOE? by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note cites sources for the tale and the variants, which include the British 'Teeny Tiny Bone' and the Midwestern 'Tailipoo.' (Folktale. 5-8)"
This folktale has been a favorite for many storytellers and Crum, a storyteller herself, provides a smooth and lively retelling that will send shivers down the listener's spine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM AND THE WITCH'S RIDDLE by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An exciting, neatly crafted adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
There is more to the tale of "Sleeping Beauty" than has been told through the centuries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UH-OH! by Shutta Crum
by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Patrice Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though there are as many 'Uh-oh' books out there as there are fishies in the sea, this petite charmer is a fine addition to the beach-time shelf. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Aside from the ubiquitous "NO!" few toddler phrases are more beloved than the expansively useful "Uh-oh!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOUSELING'S WORDS by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Encouraging, lovely words. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Mouseling's family lives in a nest filled with words gleaned from restaurant menus, labels, signs, and packaging. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOZENS OF COUSINS by Shutta Crum
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 2, 2013

"An ebullient celebration of family. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Reminiscent of Cynthia Rylant and Stephen Gammell's Caldecott Honor book, The Relatives Came (1993), Crum and Catrow's collaboration delivers a spirited, loving depiction of extended familial bonds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FAMILY FOR OLD MILL FARM by Shutta Crum
ANIMALS
Released: May 21, 2007

"This lighthearted real-estate review rendered in verse text and amusing watercolor and digital-media illustrations eventually unites human and animal buyers in the pastoral perfection of Old Mill Farm. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two enthusiastic realtors offer different spins on the same dilapidated, but lovely rural property as their clients search for the perfect home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE by Shutta Crum
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Bowen's pudgy, bead-eyed critters could be considered at odds with the text, but this makes the whole package more useful for explaining away irrational fears. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little skunk tromps through the deep, dark woods thinking brave thoughts to steel himself against (imagined) dangers. Read full book review >