Search Results: "Thomas Rockwell"


BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS by Thomas Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1973

"The person who comes off best here is Billy's mother, who after a quick call to the doctor accepts the plan with perfect equanimity, but Rockwell's sensibilities (if that's the word) are so uncannily close to those of the average ten year-old boy that one begins to admire Billy as a really sharp operator."
Even fried with ketchup, mustard and horseradish sauce or baked as "Alsatian Smothered Worm" with onions and sour cream by Billy's supportive Mother, fifteen nightcrawlers are still a lot of worms to eat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMILY STEW by Thomas Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Final art not seen. (Poetry. 9-11)"
From the deliciously twisted mind that first advised a former generation of elementary readers How to Eat Fried Worms comes a wildly inventive poetic portrait of a riveting character who's made up—rather literally—of a stew of contradictions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ST. PATRICK’S DAY by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Given the paucity of books on the subject despite perennial demand, it will be deservedly welcomed by teachers in many settings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The Rockwells mother and daughter bring to St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BIRD IS A BIRD by Lizzy Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"Widely useful, this should be a welcome addition to the nature shelf. (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
Birds have beaks and wings and begin as eggs, like some other animals, but only a bird has feathers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR EARTH by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The stylized drawings make geography accessible and relevant; pair this book with more straightforward treatments to avoid confusion, and expect plenty of discussion. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Rockwell (One Bean, p. 501, etc.) joins simple lines of text and soft-colored, rudimentary drawings to convey some of the important concepts in geography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALLOWEEN DAY by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Some readers will think it's a real stretch that the children don't recognize their teacher in costume; repeat visits to this book will probably depend on the appeal of the snappy artwork. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A story about Mrs. Madoff's ten schoolchildren, all decked out in their Halloween costumes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T OBEY by Anne Rockwell
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 30, 2000

"This story has not appeared in picture-book form since Betty Baker's No Help at All, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully (1978), and like several more recently recast Mayan myths, reveals a lighter side to a mysterious, little-known culture. (introduction, source notes) (Picture book/folktale. 79)"
In mythology, disobeying the gods is generally a Bad Idea, but in this retold Mayan tale it leads to a happy ending. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY PRESCHOOL by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Readers who are reluctant about this milestone as well as those who are eagerly anticipating it will find a welcome resource in this brightly illustrated tale. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An ebullient little boy describes his day, expertly guiding readers through all aspects of preschool life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AT THE SUPERMARKET by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2010

"While it's a shame this update does not do more to include ethnic diversity in the foods acquired and depicted, its quiet clarity is sure to attract newcomers who appreciate the simpler pace of life it reflects. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rockwell's 1979 classic gets a makeover with new illustrations and an updated story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUSY BODY BOOK by Lizzy Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Although Rockwell avoids some touchy areas in the text, her introduction to this complex subject may be a useful springboard for discussion, especially in elementary classrooms. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
This well-meaning introduction to physical fitness and the workings of the human body bounces around thematically rather like the two children on pogo sticks shown on the cover, without addressing the crux of the matter: kids who don't exercise are likely to be overweight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

100 SCHOOL DAYS by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"It's not easy to make something lighter than air feel so wooden, but perhaps it comes from trying to make a point. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Celebrating the 100th day of school has become a ritual in the US, and Rockwell (Becoming Butterflies, p. 107, etc.) gives it a somewhat flat, if good-hearted tribute in this addition to the short list of titles on the subject. Mrs. Madoff's class starts the countdown by dropping a penny in a jar for each day of school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIBRARY DAY by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Calling all young children to libraries everywhere. (Informational picture book. 3-6)"
Don visits the local library with his dad and experiences the joys of storytime, meeting a new friend, selecting his own books to take home, and getting his very own library card. Read full book review >