The opening chapter sets the stage in this story of wilderness survival and historical family life. There’s not much character development at first, but amazing detail of living on the rustic frontier pull the reader onward. Really, not much happens at all. Yet when I finished this book, I rushed back...Read More
Symbiosis of text and illustration.
Little Trixie loses her stuffed Knuffle Bunny on an errand with Daddy to the Laundromat. In the excitement of having her bunny returned, Trixie says her first words: Knuffle Bunny. This book is heavy on parent-appeal, some of which will be over...Read More
Very similar to Frog and Toad in that it’s told in short tales, and “adult” characters who act and think like children, yet with a soft, sweet tone similar to Rosemary Wells.
In the stories two happy friends...Read More
This book is fairly obviously the personification of a child in Crocodile form. The mean neighbor doesn’t like Lyle the Crocodile and wants him in a zoo but through events, Lyle ends up rescuing him and his cat from a fire, thus solving the problem. It’s quaint and the personification allows the author to stick Lyle in a zoo for a time...Read More
An authentic, engaging voice mingles fantasy with reality.
Pinkney’s vivid artwork combines with Lester’s picturesque text to make the telling of the story every bit as “larger than life” as the subject of the story. Lester fills his pages with word pictures, “bat wings on tombstones” and personification, the sun flossing, the wind out of breath. Yet...Read More
The heavy info-drop at the start of this book made me put it aside several times. The only reason I plugged ahead was because I had to complete this list!
I’m mixed. On one had the action is compelling and well-done and the plot moves fairly smoothly...Read More
Detailed line drawings showing wonderful expression and a grand fairy tale opening make for a timeless story.
Dear Ferdinand is different...Read More
Illustrations and text work together to move the story forward. In the first spread Max faces the farthest edge, urging the reader to turn the page quickly as the text hints at all the mischief he’s carrying out. The next spread shows him running down the stairs, the very stairs that will, on the next page, take him right back up and into his bedroom for bed without supper. As Max slips...Read More
Fascinating and similar in tone and writing style to Darkness Over Denmark. Both take the individual stories from this horrid time in history and weave them into a steady and powerful narrative. I found myself caught up in the history—like that Hitler coming to power after the great depression meant a world-wide work shortage and tight immigration quotas so that the Jews who might have otherwise escaped...Read More
Keats captures the wonder of a snowy day in the story of Peter’s enjoyment of the season’s first snow. He shows pleasures that might seem mundane to an adult, dragging of a stick to make tracks, whapping a tree for the onomatopoeic “Plop!” of snow...Read More