Picture Books by Jackie French Koller
From Harcourt Brace
Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
* Junior Library Guild Selection
Boyds Mills Press
Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Do You Believe in Monsters? Howard does. But
his mommy says there are no such things as
monsters. And Monster believes in boys, even
though his mommy says boys are just make
believe. Join in the fun when Howard and Monster
turn the tables on their disbelieving mommies!
* Junior Library Guild Selection
* Blue Ribbon Award - Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books
* Society of School Librarians Honor Book
* Bank Street College Honor Book
Primary teachers who are looking for an open-ended tale for students to complete
should, indeed, pounce on this one...Monstrously entertaining---Bulletin for the
Center for Children's Books
Any child who has been convinced of the presence of a monster at bedtime will
feel vindicated by the satisfying story from Koller... This tautly told tale of two
stern mothers who get their comeuppances is irresistible - Kirkus
"This sweet, recognizable family story is well matched by humorous cartoon
illustrations with child appeal"---
Pedersen's humorous watercolor illustrations depict Emily in all her naughty
glory, while Peter's increasing frustrations are apparent in his facial expressions
and body language. Pair this with Kevin Henkes' hilarious tale
Julius, the Baby of
the World
(1990) about a mouse girl who dicovers she really loves the new baby
brother she thought she hated." ---
Marshall Cavendish Books
Illustrated by Janet Pedersen
Peter has about had it with his baby sister. She
drools on his toys and rips his books. She makes
awful smells and very loud yells. She follows him
everywhere... And now she has thrown his brand
new baseball cap in the toilet! There's only one
thing to do...
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Seven spunky monkeys head out every day for a
fun destination. As the week progresses, one by one
the animated apes fall prey to cupid's arrows and leave
their friends behind. Then one Sunday, after the
countdown is over and "the spunky monkey count was
absolutely none," the original seven friends show up,
with their spouses and babies in tow, for a rollicking
romp in the park. The bouncy, rhyming text is
accompanied by Munsinger's lively pen-and-ink and
watercolor illustrations. The monkeys are appropriately
attired as they grin, stomp, pout, frown, and show off.
More fun than a barrel of monkeys, this book is sure to
be a hit with the preschool to early primary-grade
crowd.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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And now those
rascal monkeys are
Horace the
Marshall Cavendish Books
Illustrated by Jackie
Micki S. Nevett - Children's Literature
When Princess Minuette is brought to the castle
of her uncle, "Sir Horace the Horrible," while her
father, the king, has the flu, the warrior is not too
happy to take care of her. Horace is big and
hulking and far too busy with "dragons to slay,
armies to vanquish" to take care of a little girl.
The two are at odds, as Horace attempts to go
about his usual duties, while Minuette remains
lonely for her father. Horace, a bit of a show-off,
can't believe that there is anything his brother
can do better than he can, until he finally follows
Minuette's directions and gives her a big hug.
Ultimately, Horace realizes that perhaps he won't
miss being "horrible" so much after all.
Urbanovic's expressive illustrations fully capture
the charm of this modern fairy tale. Minuette is a
clever and winsome princess, and Horace is the
ultimate, irascible-yet-lovable knave. Both will win
the hearts of the intended audience. 2003,
Cavendish Children's Books, Ages 4 to 7.
Peter Spit a Seed at Sue
Viking Books
Illustrated by John Manders
This slapstick farce bounces along in rollicking rhyme accompanied by exaggerated
cartoon-style illustrations featuring round-cheeked, wide-eyed characters sporting
skinny extremities and outsized feet. The plot is simple: Four bored kids perk up a hot
summer day by spitting watermelon seeds at one another. The action escalates when
they take their battle to the village square and others get involved. The stern mayor's
appearance threatens to shut down the fun until she suddenly picks up a cream pie
and lets it fly. Manders's style suits the brisk text, which uses occasional typeface
changes to enhance the rhythm. Although the farmer's rattletrap truck and the idyllic
village setting suggest an earlier time, the backwards cap on Peter's head and a
reference to "dudes in business suits" set the story squarely in the present. Light as a
pie and sweet as melon, this story should find an enthusiastic audience with parents
and grandparents nostalgic for a simpler, sillier time, who will enjoy sharing the fun
with young listeners. (Picture book. 3-6) Kirkus
* 2010 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winner
Oldies but Goodies
Seven mischievous monkeys wreak havoc as "one monkey too many" climbs first onto a
bike made for one, then into a golf cart for two, then into a canoe for three, and so on.
The two monkeys on the bike crash into a ditch, the three monkeys in the golf cart
splash into the lake, the four monkeys in the canoe drop over a waterfall. An infectious,
rollercoaster rhythm sweeps us up ("'Yippee!' They all wiggled and giggled with glee.
'This cart made for two is fun-tastic for three!'") then lurches us forward so that even
though we know what's coming ("'Oh no!' they exclaimed, as they jammed on the brake!
One monkey too many splashed into the lake"), we're too caught up in the ride to want
brakes of any kind. Pastel watercolors paint the monkeys in casual toddler clothes with
innocent, nothin's-going-on-here facial expressions. But that's just the calm before the
storm; Munsinger lets loose the mounting chaos with an unrestrained frenzy as she
catapults monkeys, golf cart, canoe, oars, food, pillows, feathers and so much more
across the page in full-blown hurricane fashion. Readers will appreciate the monkeys'
undeterred nature: the rascals continually go back for more, hoodwinking the larger
animals (adult-like lions and pigs) who dictate how many monkeys each scene can
contain. Not even the author is spared a dose of monkey business when "one monkey
too many" pulls a grand-finale gotcha that literally determines the uproarious fate of her
book. --  Horn Book Magazine
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