Search Results: "Simon Rickerty"


BOOK REVIEW

I AM NOT A COPYCAT! by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"A picture book that tries and fails to offer a 'unique' spin on the tried-and-true odd-couple-friendship formula. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hugo the Hippo takes pride in being "unique," which causes tension when his friend Bella (a bird) tries to be just like him. Read full book review >

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I DON'T WANT TO BE A PEA! by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2011

"A satisfying story of hippo-bird, bird-hippo friendship. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this sweet-but-sassy British import, Hugo the hippo and Bella the bird announce their intentions to attend the Hippo-Bird (or Bird-Hippo) Fairy-Tale Fancy Dress Party disguised as the Princess and the Pea. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETS by Simon Abbott
by Simon Abbott, illustrated by Simon Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An enjoyable, affordable addition to this accessible series. (Pop-up/board book. 2-4)"
Paper engineering animates a bevy of domestic animals as the pages turn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POP AND PLAY by Simon Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Despite these quibbles, both books are likable and affordable starter pop-ups. (Pop-up/board book. 2-4)"
As the book opens, paper engineering animates a variety of vehicles on the page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Stay tuned. (Picture book. 5-7)"
James coasts through this remake of Baby Brains (2004), changing the milieu but not much else. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRDWATCHERS by Simon James
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"The grandfather's love of birdwatching and the pleasure of sharing this passion with his granddaughter, coupled with the frustration of the novice birder who can't spot a bird, rings true to anyone facing a new challenge, especially a child. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This gentle, intergenerational story successfully conveys in a simple and authentic voice a granddaughter's first birding experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILD WOODS by Simon James
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A good-humored vignette with concise, appealingly realistic dialogue and deftly scribbled pen and watercolor illustrations, in the manner of James Stevenson, that nicely convey the large but friendly woods' attractions and the warm interaction between Grandpa and Jess. (Picture book. 3-7)"
As Jess and Grandpa make their way through the woods, they debate Jess's idea of taking a squirrel home. ``They're too wild,'' Grandpa says, but, still, Jess follows one over a gate, across a stream, and up the trunk of a fallen tree, pointing out that squirrels enjoy sandwiches and that one could sleep in her room. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY AND THE LIMPET by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Simple but telling, with cartoon-style illustrations whose deft draftsmanship compares honorably with Quentin Blake's and a Steig-like blend of humor and tenderness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sally tugs a limpet (a mollusk famous for hanging on) from its seaside rock, only to find it stuck fast to her finger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 2016

"A practical, accessible, and fun guide to planning the sailing adventure of a lifetime."
A debut book provides a practical sailing guide to world circumnavigation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS! by Annette Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A lot of eructation, with a little education. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The mechanical rivals of Robot Zombie Frankenstein! (2012) go for the full "alphabelch" in this effervescent return. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NURSE CLEMENTINE by Simon James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Pleasant pictures for pretend-play fanatics; a sweet story for siblings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Clementine receives a first-aid kit (complete with otoscope, tongue depressor and reflex hammer!) as a birthday present and assumes a new identity: Nurse Clementine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE FLIES SOUTH by Simon James
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"These unflappable characters provide likable, positive role models for readers young and old, who may then enjoy sharing Mordicai Gerstein's Leaving the Nest (2007), in which several species spread their wings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Helicopter moms have not fared well in print—until now. Read full book review >