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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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 >

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THE THISTLE PRINCESS by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Especially enchanting is the bookmaking_a fine design on creamy paper that feels satiny to the touch. (Picture book. 5-8)"
French (Once Upon a Picnic, 1996, etc.) mirrors Hans Christian Andersen in an original Thumbelina-like fairy tale, in which a child, magically born of a thistle, comes to a childless king and queen. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A TIME by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"After a first reading of the brief text, children will happily pore over the eventful illustrations alone. (Picture book. 3-8)"
``Not much to do. Read full book review >

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HENNY PENNY by Vivian French
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2006

"A welcome addition to the fairy-tale genre. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The traditional tale gets a new—and happier—ending in this clever retelling. Read full book review >

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A PRESENT FOR MOM by Vivian French
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Little Stanley, with his sooty ears and crumpled whiskers, is bound to work his way into reader's affections. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With Mother's Day fast approaching, young Stanley feverishly attempts to find the perfect present for his dear old mum. Read full book review >

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MORRIS IN THE APPLE TREE by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Functional for its purpose, but this original paperback with black-and-white illustrations will be a tough sell next to standards like Frog and Toad, Henry and Mudge or Mr. Putter and Tabby. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
A departure from French's previous brightly colored picture books by a variety of illustrators, this easy-to-read chapter book, first published in Great Britain in 1995, is part of a series labeled, "Roaring Good Reads" that are "short, lively stories with illustrations on every page, for children just started to read by themselves." Read full book review >

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T. REX by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"That's an energizing idea for young dinosaur fans. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Representing all children who must know everything about T. rex, a lad grills his granddad as they take in a dinosaur show at the museum: "How were his teeth, his terrible teeth? / Were they sharp? Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A PICNIC by Vivian French
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Although this book is not as much fun as the original, the formula still affords droll, amusing moments for fans. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In this sequel to Once Upon a Time (1993), the bored little boy is on a picnic, during which he encounters many of the same fairy-tale characters (three bears, the bumbling witch, the giant, Red Riding Hood, and the wolf) he met the first time around. Read full book review >

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LAZY JACK by Vivian French
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Funny, nonviolent, and mildly subversive, few folktales have such wide- ranging appeal; this is a particularly readable version. (Picture book/folklore. 4+)"
In this fine retelling of a classic tale, Jack's mom drags him out of bed to work with a succession of employers, but he just can't manage to get his wages home. Read full book review >