Search Results: "Stan Berenstain"


BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING EVER HAPPENS AT THE SOUTH POLE by Stan Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Sadly, while the concept is clever, the unwieldy, often awkward verse ensures that this effort will place a distant second to the many tales featuring those Bears. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children's-literature buffs and staunch fans of the Berenstains (The Big Honey Hunt, 1962, etc.) will be thrilled that the second manuscript ever produced by the famed pair—shelved due to the enormous success of the Berenstain Bears characters introduced in their first book—is finally seeing the light of day. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 24, 2002

"Closing with standard tributes to editors and collaborators, plus a few fan-mail anecdotes, these pedestrian memoirs add detail but no dimension to profiles in reference titles. (index, huge bibliography) (Autobiography. 12+)"
Two of the all-time bestselling children's authors reminisce—at length—about growing up in the '30s and '40s, getting their start in magazine cartooning, then moving into children's books as proteges of Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Read full book review >

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS MOTHER'S DAY BLESSINGS by Mike Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"This Mother's Day tale is rather limited in its audience to those who can afford fancy brunch after their own religious services, contrary to its apparent message that being together is all that matters. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Berenstains' son adds a Mother's Day entry to the series, continuing the adventures of the Bear family with a religious focus. Read full book review >

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THE BERENSTAIN BEARS GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL by Mike Berenstain
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"ISBN: 978-0-310-71250-3) and The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers (ISBN: 978-0-310-71246-6). (Picture book/religion. 3-8)"
The son of the original creators of the Berenstain Bears series continues the saga of the popular bear family with several titles that focus on religious or moral issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAN GETZ by Donald L. Maggin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"Definitive in its documentation of Getz's career but less successful as an analysis of Getz's art. (25 b&w photos, not seen)"
Maggin (Bankers, Builders, Knaves, and Thieves: The $300 Million Scam at ESM, 1989) essays a definitive biography of the tenor sax great. Read full book review >

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STAN MUSIAL by George Vecsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2011

"Rather than a journalist's or a biographer's disinterested analysis, the author offers a fan's notes."
A deeply admiring, fawning biography of the great St. Louis Cardinal. Read full book review >

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FRANK 'N' STAN by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Appealing both to the eye and the heart, and even though children are unlikely to catch the literary references, their parents will chuckle over them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A heartwarming tale of a boy and his robot. Read full book review >

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STAN AND THE TOILET MONSTER by Steve Shreve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Tableaux done as large, simple line drawings featuring the annoyed-looking monster and hunched, hapless-looking smaller figures on nearly every page give the tale that fashionable Wimpy Kid look A serviceable placeholder for the Captain's next outing, with all the stinks and goo but not so much of the wit. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)"
A pet iguana flushed down a toilet, a scientist's unwelcomed potion for giant Brussels sprouts, a sociopathic dog named Mr. Snuggles and a reeking glob of slime that turns out not to be a baseball are but some of the elements in this Captain Underpants-style yuck-o-rama. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"If you skip the preaching to the choir and the film-school analysis, Louvish's wide-eyed love for his subjects' simple, forthright, and hardworking desire to please will bring down the house. (Filmography and 52 b&w photos)"
A fan's gleeful, if excessive, double-take on the beloved bumblers of silent and talking picture fame, seeing their prodigious pile of slapstick misadventures as high art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOW-AND-TELL by Mike Berenstain
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Although the message that newer is not always better will be welcome with caregivers, it's unlikely this book will change any children's minds about trying to top their classmates' latest and greatest gadgets. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When show-and-tell becomes all about the latest gadgets and newest stuff, Sister and Brother come up with an item for Sister to present that breaks the consumerist mold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1992

"Berenstain lives part of the year in Java, has worked as a field ecologist and written for National Geographic; though a knowledgeable provider of information about Indonesian culture, he never brings that world to life."
Berenstain's debut shows him adept at explaining Indonesia and the world of expatriates, but less skilled at writing fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Alternative comics are shortchanged, European and Japanese comics don't even exist in this Marvel-centric account, but it will probably stand as the definitive history of this particular slice of American popular culture."
Evenhanded and readable biography of comic maestro Lee and, through him, a history of the genre. Read full book review >