Search Results: "Thor Wickstrom"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG NIGHT OUT by Thor Wickstrom
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Lighthearted and funny, a book to try with older groups as well as preschoolers. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In the first book he's not only written but illustrated, Wickstrom adopts an exuberant verse form, echoing Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussycat,'' to describe the partying of a mouse, a goose, and a ``bear [who] wore a cape he had sewn from a drape,/ With a monocle and a cravat./ (What a dude!)/ With a monocle and a cravat!'' When they leave the uptown club where they've been carousing (over milk and juice), they're broke; rather than trudging home, they beg a ride on a friend's boat. Read full book review >

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PAJAMA DAY by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

Isn't there one in every class? Read full book review >

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TURKEY SURPRISE by Peggy Archer
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Even the most carnivorous listeners will enjoy this yummy addition to any collection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two pilgrim brothers set off to hunt up a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Read full book review >

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LESTER FIZZ, BUBBLE-GUM ARTIST by Ruth Spiro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Pop art in the most literal sense. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The scion of an artistic family—a very artistic family, as the boxed "collections" of cousin Cornell, along with the small paintings of uncle Edouard and cousins Claude and Vincent taped to the refrigerator reveal—finds his medium and métier at last. Read full book review >

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MILLIE AND THE MUD HOLE by Valerie Reddix
ANIMALS
Released: March 12, 1992

"Wickstrom's lively action, broadly comical animal characters, and sunny colors add substantially to the attractions. (Young reader. 4-8)"
Millie, a pig, knows ``everything there was to know about mud.'' She loves it. Read full book review >

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THE CAREY STREET CAT by Diana Hendry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"This team's The Rainbow Watchers, published simultaneously in the same format, also considers fitting in and the meaning of art, but the storyline is not as strong. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Jenkins, a cat, gets along happily on Carey Street once Harry has pointed out to the neighbors who object to Jenkins's wandering from house to house that the cat's life is not so different from Harry's: he splits the week between his divorced parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCIENCE FAIR DAY by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Wickstrom's cartoon-like illustrations set the tone for the silliness, and the subject of the book is sure to be a winner with teachers and children alike. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The latest in the series of picture books occurring in Mrs. Shepherd's class focuses on the ubiquitous science fair. Read full book review >

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HICCUP SNICKUP by Melinda Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Wickstrom's decidedly cockamamie characters, pop-eyed and slightly frantic, work wonders with the text, yet even still the real magic of this book comes in a read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Long presents a fairly charming, old family cure for the hiccups. Read full book review >

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THE BROTHERS' PROMISE by Frances Harber
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Wickstrom's gentle characters bring the simple, lovely sentiment to life in a setting of rolling hills, illuminated by sunlight and candlelight. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a poignant Talmudic tale of companionship, sharing, and respect, two farmer brothers make a promise to their dying father to help each other through life. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL PICTURE DAY by Lynn Plourde
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Young readers, with or without a mechanical vocation, will laugh at Josephina Caroleena Wattasheena the First's compulsive 'fidgeting, fiddling, fuddling, and foodling,' as well as the decidedly unusual class portrait that ultimately results. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child's urge to tinker brings her entire class to the brink of disaster—and, happily, back. Read full book review >

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NOAH'S SQUARE DANCE by Rick Walton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The final, joyful verse celebrates the end of the storm, but readers will believe that everyone had a good time waiting it out. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Walton (How Many, How Many, How Many, 1993, not reviewed, etc.) puts a new twist on a familiar biblical tale that evokes all the spirit of a barnyard hoedown. Read full book review >

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THE ROOSTER WHO LOST HIS CROW by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Wickstrom's watercolor illustrations nab all the action—the loss of crow, the farmer's wife's snores, the return to normality—with comic immediacy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
By morning's early light, Rooster readies himself to announce the dawn. Read full book review >