Search Results: "Susan Kathleen Hartung"


BOOK REVIEW

A MOM FOR UMANDE by Maria Faulconer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2014

"Not only a special adoption story, but also a heartwarming look at the human-animal relationship. (note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
At the center of this tale based on a true story is an adorable baby gorilla whose mother does not know how to take care of him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WELCOME, BABY! by Theresa Dubiel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"Although well-meaning and important, this book neither fulfills its purpose nor broadcasts its message in a way that works for infants and adults. (Board book. 0-1)"
Numerous studies have shown that the safest way for babies to sleep is in their cribs on their backs. This simple board book attempts to reinforce this important message to prevent sudden unexplained infant death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE DARK NIGHT by Hazel Hutchins
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"With suspense, compassion, kittens, and safety all rolled into one brief, comforting story, this is more than likely to become a popular bedtime choice—especially on stormy nights. (Picture book. 5-7)"
As a thunderstorm draws closer and closer, pajama-clad Jonathan opens the door to a stray cat with something in her mouth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS MOUSELING by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Many pages use large snowflakes layered over the panoramic views, and the repeated refrain is creatively incorporated within the illustrations along pastel blue swirls to indicate the whirling winter winds. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A mother's tender love and concern for her newborn is the theme of this sweet Christmas story with a well-written, traditional structure and inventive illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MITTENS AT SCHOOL by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"With its feline star, school theme and mild suspense, this is another solid addition to early-reader collections. (Early reader. 4-7)"
In Mittens' sixth outing, he goes to school to be Nick's show-and-tell, but sitting all day in his carrier is boring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE SCOOPS AND A FIG by Sara Laux Akin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"The images veer toward stereotype: Papa is bald and and has a black, handlebar mustache; Mario has thick, curly, black hair; Nonna wears her white hair in a bun. (author's note, recipe, Italian words and phrases) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sofia is awakened one morning by "scrumptious smells." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Teachers in elementary school classrooms will find this volume useful when studying Japan or the haiku format. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
In her picture book debut, Mannis uses the underlying structure of a little girl in a Japanese garden as the theme for a lyrical counting book with arresting illustrations by Hartung (One Dark Night, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOW ME, MITTENS by Lola M. Schaefer
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Comforting predictable fare for the newest reader. (Easy reader. 3-6)"
Sweet kitten Mittens and his owner Nick, are back in this second book about Mittens in the I Can Read series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUR OWN BIG BED by Rita M. Bergstein
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"A nice, if not startlingly new, addition to the genre. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A little boy's birth and growth proceeds parallel to that of several animals on the farm and in the wild. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT’S THAT, MITTENS? by Lola M. Schaefer
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Hartung's soft-focus watercolor illustrations imbue the appealing kitten and the big (but friendly) dog with a perky sweetness that will charm the youngest readers. (Early reader. 4-7)"
In the third entry in this series for the newest readers, an inquisitive, gray-striped kitten named Mittens meets his next-door neighbor, a dog named Max. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MITTENS by Lola M. Schaefer
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"Ample white space and oversized type complete the package: a sweet, sturdy addition to the growing array of very first readers. (Easy reader. 4-6)"
Nick welcomes his pet kitten, helping him overcome fear of his new home in this My First I Can Read entry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Krazy Kathleen by William Tellem
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"A lighthearted ode to books featuring eye-catching, funny pictures of an eccentric character."
A children's librarian who keeps everything in seemingly random piles teaches local residents a lesson in this tale by Tellem (Zen the Zebra, 2015, etc.), featuring illustrations by Coules. Read full book review >