The whole house sank.Up became down.Bright became dim.Glad became gloom. It’s difficult to write about Virgina Wolf without resorting to hyperbole. Picture books about siblings are a dime a dozen, but it’s obvious as soon as you start reading this one that it’s special . . .
Eugene was in the middle. This is his story. In the name of forthrightness, I should state at the beginning of this review that as a middle child myself, I have a bit of an innate bias in favour of Richard Scrimger’s tale of the trials and tribulations of young Eugene, stuck between two sisters.
Mend-It McGregor, everyone called him, because he could mend most anything that needed mending, they said, from fishing rods and fairy wands to top hats and rubber ducks. Inventor Hector McGregor leads the sort of life we can all envy. He loves his work, has a wonderful family and a happy home, and spends his […]
All other considerations aside, the story of Owen the hippopotamus and his adoptive mother/friend Mzee—a 130-year-old giant tortoise—will always be a striking and beautiful one simply because it is both extraordinary and true.
Uncle Andy’s is an unusual treat—a non-fiction children’s book that reads like a weird and wonderful fictional tale. This is the first book written by Andy Warhol’s nephew, James Warhola, an artist in his own right who has illustrated a number of other popular children’s books. The story takes the reader right into the middle […]
Tony made bread and only bread in his bakery. It was good and simple and the villagers loved it. But Tony had a dream. One day he would have a bakery of his own in Milano and become the most famous baker in all of northern Italy. Tomie dePaola is one of those rare author/illustrators […]
“I like this place,” said Mrs. Mallard as they climbed out on the bank and waddled along. “Why don’t we build a nest and raise our ducklings right in this pond? There are no foxes and no turtles, and the people feed us peanuts. What could be better?” Once again I happily admit to being […]
The two Tyrannosauruses, so grisly, mean, and grim Couldn’t catch the duckbill dinosaurs because they couldn’t swim. And they muttered, “Down with water!” and they muttered, “Down with wet!” And they muttered, “What a shame that bridges aren’t invented yet.” The above is an excellent example of why I’m prone to heaping effusive praise on […]
“Go start the old jalopy, boys! and back it in real tight. Grandma’s gonna be surprised when she gets home tonight!” Surprised, indeed. It’ll be a wonder if Grandma doesn’t keel right over when she sees the gargantuan cake Grandpa has whipped up for her birthday.
I think it is probably common knowledge that sometimes the greatest treasures turn up in the most unexpected places. When I first came across Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty’s Little Sister, I hoped that it would be entertaining, expected that it would be amusing, and though that if I was lucky, it might even […]