Search Results: "Vivian French"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Lightly wraps the love of family as the center of life in a silken gown of word and image, with a playful undercurrent of both whimsy and irony. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The king and queen of a city that reflects a fairy-tale Edwardian version of Venice suddenly realize that their beloved daughter, Lucia, will be queen one day, and she will need a husband. Read full book review >

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OLIVER'S FRUIT SALAD by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Bartlett's artwork is as lush and electric as ever, demonstrating in the selection of fruit an act akin to picking jewels. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Oliver, who didn't like vegetables in French and Bartlett's Oliver's Vegetables (1995), returns to express his opinions on fruit. Read full book review >

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NOT AGAIN, ANNA! by Vivian French
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Clean, clear colors will catch the picture-book crowd, and the simple story will hold them. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In comfortable shapes, paintbox colors, and very few words, Anna has an appealing and very recognizable day. Read full book review >

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POLLY’S PINK PAJAMAS by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"The crayon-and-acrylic illustrations are full of candy colors and cheery shapes (a lot of hearts), and it is hard to fault any story that ends with pizza. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Polly loves her PJs, but when Fred invites her to a party, she is at a loss as to what to wear, so she calls her friends for some help. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2009

"Fans of Jean Ferris's Once Upon a Marigold (2002) and like light fare will be much amused by all the dashing about, the quick brushes with danger and the undercurrents of budding, clumsy romance. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The Five Kingdoms almost come in for a spot of trouble in this airy sequel to Robe of Skulls (2008), when a witch from beyond the More Enchanted Forest arrives with evil intentions and a bagful of forbidden Deep Magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"That, too, should be fun. (cast list) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A quick dwarf-spotting expedition into the Unreliable Forest takes a disquieting turn for young Gracie Gillypot and her scruffy royal friend, Prince Marcus, in this third story set in the cozy though occasionally dangerous Five Kingdoms. Read full book review >

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I LOVE YOU, GRANDPA by Vivian French
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A wonderful selection for the littlest one in any family and for the grandpa that is special in his or her life. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When Grandpa comes to spend the weekend, Mom goes off to work, leaving Rex, Flora, and Queenie to look after Stanley, their younger brother. Read full book review >

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OLIVER’S MILK SHAKE by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Big moon heads, paint-box bright colors, a somewhat child-like smeary gouache medium, and a feather-light story will grab and hold the attention of the youngest readers and surely inspire a trip to a farm. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This fine third Oliver title from French and Bartlett (Oliver's Fruit Salad, 1998, etc.) again takes up the themes of exploration and good times in the world of food. Read full book review >

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ONE BALLERINA TWO by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"As quintessentially simple as Ormerod's own wonderfully expressive line. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A sleek, graceful girl of perhaps 12, neatly clad in a leotard, and a disheveled preschooler wearing a baggy sweater and legwarmers take turns demonstrating some familiar moves: ten careful pliÇs, nine approximate knee bends, eight precise changements, seven oddly assorted little jumps, etc. The logical- minded may enjoy observing that, while the figures are repeated the appropriate number of times, the activities sometimes aren't- -e.g., the older girl is caught at six stages of a single pirouette. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE MOON by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"An enchanting trio. (Fiction. 5-8)"
From a British storyteller's repertoire, three stories to tell or read aloud—graceful morality tales about busyness vs companionability, the perils of disobedience, and making altruistic use of ``luck.'' In the title story, a workaholic ``old woman tossed in a basket'' sweeps cobwebs from the sky for the wispy, whispery man in the moon. ``Little Ivan'' is an adaptation of an Eastern European tale of a heedless boy who, tricked by Old Mother Wolf, is rescued by his clever grandmother with the help of a children's band (with plenty of opportunity for audience-supplied sound effects). Read full book review >

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OLIVER'S VEGETABLES by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Generous and nourishing fare. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Oliver likes french fries, pretty much to the exclusion of all other food. Read full book review >

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THE ROBE OF SKULLS by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Larded with stock comical characters and illustrated with Collins's gangly, Beardsley-esque line drawings, the story will slip down like the bonbon it is. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Conceiving a burning desire for a new gown—black velvet, decorated with poison ivy, spider webs and skulls—wicked Lady Lamorna decides to pay for it by turning all the local princes into frogs and extracting ransoms from their royal parents. Read full book review >