Search Results: "Stephen Gammell"


BOOK REVIEW

ONCE UPON MACDONALDS FARM by Stephen Gammell
Released: March 1, 1981

"And Gammell's soft pencil drawings, appropriately ramshackle and sly, refrain from making a circus of it."
"While it is true that MacDonald had a farm," Gammell begins, "it wasn't much of a farm, and he had no animals." Read full book review >

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THE FRAZZLE FAMILY FINDS A WAY by Ann Bonwill
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"Crisis management for sure, but resolutely low key and capped by the arrival of a luscious (if, Gammell-style, decrepit) birthday cake. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A family with severe short-term memory issues discovers a coping strategy at last in this mildly farcical outing. Read full book review >

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Released: March 19, 1980

"And if so, how?"
An earnest fable that is too ponderous and too shadowy to be effective. Read full book review >

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TWIGBOY by Stephen Gammell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"The messy exuberance of Gammell's illustrations is as enjoyable as ever, but the story, which cuts off abruptly and may or may not be all or partly told in flashback, will leave readers floundering. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Gammell (Is That You, Winter?, 1997, etc.) plays to his artistic strengths in this twiggy, mud- and verdure-spattered friendship tale, but, whether by chance or design, leaves several aspects ambiguous. Read full book review >

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RIDE by Stephen Gammell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Clearly not. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. Gumpy's quarrelsome crew has nothing on this pair of siblings, dragged out by their parents for a pleasant drive. Read full book review >

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MUDKIN by Stephen Gammell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"While clearly extra care was put into the production of this title, from the metallic highlights on the cover to the brilliantly illustrated mud, the end result is unfortunately drowned in detail. (Picture book. 5-8)"
During a respite from the rain, a young girl heads out to play. Read full book review >

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IS THAT YOU, WINTER? by Stephen Gammell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The narrative text is set in regular type, while dialogue appears in Gammell's expressive scrawl. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A little vinegar and a lot of glory find their way into this evocation of the joys of winter and the beauty of snowfall: Gammell (Jim Aylesworth's Old Black Fly, 1992, etc.) obviously knows a thing or two about snow. Read full book review >

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GIT ALONG, OLD SCUDDER by Stephen Gammell
Released: March 15, 1983

"The lackadaisical full-color watercolors of Western landscapes—naturalistic as against the vapors of Where the Buffaloes Begin—might, however, be pleasing enough, along with the crusty figure of Old Scudder, to keep the pages turning."
The stronger the material Gammell has to take off from—or take off on—the more successful he is: Once Upon MacDonald's Farm was better than The Story of Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar, and both were better than the one book totally of Gammell's devising, Wake Up, Bear. . . Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 15, 1981

"But this sort of assembly-line cheer is turned out every year—in greeting cards and picture books alike."
Readers will be attracted by the look of Gammell's watercolors, with their blend of vibrant clarity and snowy softness; and his story opens on the crest of expectation—as Bear decides that, this year, he'll set his clock and wake up for the Christmas holiday. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MR. AND MRS. VINEGAR by Stephen Gammell
Released: Feb. 1, 1982

"The wryly, gently comical pencil drawings will leave the onlooker smiling too."
It's Stephen Gammell's illustrations of dotty, doting Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar that are the attraction here—encased in a neat, squarish little volume as close-hauled as the tale. Mrs. V., you may remember, accidentally demolishes the pair's pickle-jar house. Read full book review >

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HOW THE NOBBLE WAS FINALLY FOUND by C.K. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The illustrator uses his delicious transparent colors, lightening his dark splatters, shadows and tangles, to great effect, but they cannot save this effort. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Williams, a National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and Gammell, Caldecott winner and master of the sinuously surreal squiggle, deliver an overlong and overtwee tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER MAMA by Liz Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"A splendid book that reaches deep into truth, not all of it cozy, and comes up smiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mama may be a "monster" who lives in a cave in back of the house and frightens neighbors with her moods, but she also paints (her true calling, it seems), gardens, bakes cookies, and has "the sweetest touch in the world" when her son is ill. Read full book review >