Search Results: "Steven Kellogg"


BOOK REVIEW

A PENGUIN PUP FOR PINKERTON by Steven Kellogg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"It keeps everything humming along on the visual plane so much so that there's no need for a real story to back it up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The latest Pinkerton from Kellogg is a bit too all over the place to sustain an actual story line, and Pinkerton is too distracted to play even a fantasy role of a father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YANKEE DOODLE by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Kellogg has also provided fascinating notes about the history of the song and glosses about antiquated expressions. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
The full text of Yankee Doodle finds a perfect counterpart in exhilarating pictures of the little hero's romp through the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRISTMAS WITCH by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Worthy, but the parts are better than the whole. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Gloria is an oddball at Madame Pestilence's Academy for Young Goblins and Witches: Her spells don't work, and she keeps smiling, even while eating cockroach casserole. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS TADPOLE by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1977

"A stock situation, right up to the enormous egg that arrives for Louis' next birthday—but Kellogg's zesty embellishments propel it along."
Kellogg tosses off one fantasy within another, as Alphonse, the tadpole Louis' Scottish uncle sends him for his birthday, develops into something more like a dinosaur than a frog and the authorities refuse to allow Louis to keep his pet in the junior high school swimming pool. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PIED PIPER’S MAGIC  by Steven Kellogg
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"No matter how it is spelled, this belongs on every library shelf. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Kellogg puts his touch to yet another classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEVEN SPIELBERG by John Baxter
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 1997

"Despite some entertaining behind-the-scenes gossip, Baxter's biography is ultimately as superficial as he accuses Spielberg's films of being. (24 pages b&w photos)"
A slight biography of Spielberg, perhaps the most successful filmmaker of all time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MISSING MITTEN MYSTERY by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The plot and pictures have undergone considerable change, but this is still suffused with Kellogg's characteristic warmth and charm and all the better for being easier to read to a group. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Kellogg (Give the Dog a Bone, see above, etc.) remakes his Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten (1974) into a larger, longer, and more colorful ramble through snow-covered landscapes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE SILLIES by Steven Kellogg
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Kellogg's bright, cartoon-like illustrations coupled with the hilarious captions make for a raucous tale that pokes fun at the foibles of those who count themselves as serious. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
A foolish hero, a featherbrained heroine, and a bevy of muddle-headed characters lead the cast in this wry retelling from Kellogg (The Three Little Pigs, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Steven Kellogg
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A talent-strewn retelling that only enhances the original. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Kellogg (I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago, 1996, etc.) puts a master's spin on another familiar tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIKE FINK by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Though Fink spends much of his time wrestling men or bears, Kellogg's description of him seems bland in comparison to his glowing, energetic illustrations, and less heroic than his other legendary figures. (Picture book/Folktale. 6-8)"
A tall-tale introduction to the ``King of the Keelboatmen,'' from the time he ran away from home at the age of two days to his literally explosive confrontation with steamboat captain Hilton B. Blathersby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIVE THE DOG A BONE by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The slapstick humor and zany illustrations make this oversized paddywhack a winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Award-winning author and illustrator of over one hundred children's books, Kellogg (The Missing Mitten Mystery, see below, etc.) takes a familiar counting rhyme to greater nonsensical heights, especially when "this old man plays seven and soars right up to doggy heaven," where angel Pinkertons await. Read full book review >