Synopses & Reviews
This hilarious, offbeat picture book from the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School
reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye. Grandpa Frank doesnandrsquo;t have any interesting hobbies, unless you count complaining about how everything
was better in the old days. He doesnandrsquo;t speak Italian like Paoloandrsquo;s mom, or play the drums like Tomandrsquo;s uncle. Heandrsquo;s just a grandpa. So when the young narrator of this story is forced to bring Frank to school for show-and-tell, heandrsquo;s sure itandrsquo;s going to be a disaster. But Frank has a trickandmdash;make that a tattooandmdash;up his sleeve! And a story to go with it. After all, the longer youandrsquo;ve been around, the more time youandrsquo;ve had for wild adventures.
Praise for The Frank Show
andldquo;Mackintoshandrsquo;s busy, helter-skelter images contribute mightily to the storyandrsquo;s humor and emotional honesty, but itandrsquo;s the willful personalities of both of these protagonists that make it stand out.andrdquo;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;This humorous and heartwarming tale will inspire children to seek out their own grandparents' treasure trove of stories.andquot;
andmdash;Shelf-Awareness, starred review
andquot;Pore over the funny details, soak in the humor (the things-were-a-lot-tougher-in-my-day spread had me in stitches), appreciate the very specific mood Mackintosh so successfully creates in this story, and delight in the illustration, lettering and overall design, all handled by the talented and overachieving Mackintosh.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus Reviews blog
andquot;Mackintosh writes with irreverence, and his illustrations are packed with prickly humor... But Mackintosh also draws with emotional sensitivity and empathy.andquot;
andmdash;The New York Times online
andquot;Old-timey gripes gain zest from Mr. Mackintosh's exuberant and colorful collage illustrations.andquot;
andmdash;The Wall Street Journal
andquot;Complete with lively pen-and-ink illustrations, this offbeat picture book is sure to become a family favorite. Along the way, it may prompt children to wonder what exciting details their grandparents have yet to reveal about their own life stories.andquot;
andquot;The cartoon illustrations are very funny. Frankandrsquo;s oversize glasses with a missing right temple enhance the mood. A sweet story that proves that elderly relatives can be cool after all.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;As a lover of vintage and vintage-inspired childrenandrsquo;s books, I was instantly enamored with The Frank Show by British illustrator and designer David Mackintosh andmdash; a charming homage to grandparents and the art of seeing beneath the grumpy exterior.andquot;
andquot;The art is appealing as well; digitally created scenes pulls together planes of vivid color, a multitude of small elements outlined in black scrawls, and elements of collage.andquot;
andmdash;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
andquot;Reminding readers that everyone has a story to tell, this picture book is fun to read while providing insight into human character.andquot;
andmdash;Reading Today Online
GOLD - Parents' Choice Award Winner, Picture Books
"Youthful irreverence and creativity find a champion in this tale of Iggy Peck, a child who once 'built a great tower in only an hour / with nothing but diapers and glue.' At the sight (and smell) of this wonder, Iggy's mother memorably responds, 'Good Gracious, Ignacious!' She supports his precocity, despite his preferred media. When Iggy arrives in second grade, however, his teacher forbids such follies, based on her childhood fear of skyscrapers. Her backstory suggests teachers' rules can be arbitrary, not to mention damaging to inventive students: 'With no chance to build, his interest was killed,' and Iggy droops disconsolately at his desk amid blank negative space. His ennui lasts until a fortuitous school picnic, when a rickety footbridge collapses (and so does the teacher); led by Iggy, the children construct a suspension bridge from 'boots, tree roots and strings, fruit roll-ups and things/ (some of which one should not mention),' including undies. Beaty (When Giants Come to Play) favors sprightly stanzas, while Roberts (Mrs. Crump's Cat) drafts orderly watercolor images on, alternately, clean white paper and graph paper. The structured rhymes and controlled illustrations fit the architectural theme, and if the mannered poetry strains at times, Roberts breaks free of the stylization with absorbing details. Each of Iggy's 16 classmates, for example, has his or her own unique quality, implying the variety of personalities and potentials to be appreciated in any group of children. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andquot;Entirely in step with the buoyancy of Beatyand#39;s rhymes, Roberts revels in filling the streets of Paris with multiculturally modish figures wearing couture ensembles, topped off (quite literally) by gloriously elaborate headpieces.andquot;
"Despite its icy setting, Bradleys debut imparts a warm, encouraging message to kids feeling out of step with their families interests...Equal parts sensitive and comic, its a rewarding reminder that theres more than one way to get in the game." —Publishers Weekly
"In her first picture book, Bradley tells a well-crafted, satisfying story in which Henry articulates his views,sticks to his guns, and wins in the end." —Booklist
"Both the illustrations—despite the ice, it has the warmth of pencil-and-wash artwork—and the story have a strong but unmenacing quality, neatly conveying an acceptance of Henry's inclinations and an appreciation of his talent. It doesn't matter what you do on the ice, suggests Bradley, just do it with a song in your heart." —Kirkus Reviews
A hilarious, irreverent book about doing your own thing
Meet Iggy Peck—creative, independent, and not afraid to express himself! In the spirit of David Shannon's No, David and Rosemary Wells's Noisy Nora, Iggy Peck will delight readers looking for irreverent, inspired fun.
Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they're sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty's irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts's puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents.
In the spirit of Ian Falconers "Olivia," this hilarious, irreverent book introduces Iggy Peck, who has been building fabulous creations since he was two. But when his new second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. Full color.
The much-anticipated follow-up to the E. B. White Award-winning picture book If I Built a Car
In If I Built a Car, imaginative Jack dreamed up a whimsical fantasy ride that could do just about anything. Now he's back and ready to build the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying room, and gigantic slide. Jack's limitless creativity and infectious enthusiasm will inspire budding young inventors to imagine their own fantastical designs.
Chris Van Dusen's vibrant illustrations marry retro appeal with futuristic style as he, once again, gives readers a delightfully rhyming text that absolutely begs to be read aloud.
When Sam the library mouse and his friend Sarah wake to find the library being packed up to prepare for a major renovation, they realize they wonand#8217;t have a home during the construction. So off they go in search of a new place to live. Sam knows research is key, so he finds books about architectural styles to get ideas for building a temporary home from objects found around the library. They build and live in a variety of houses: a castle, an igloo, a yurt, a modern house, and even a geodesic dome. But none feels like home to Sam. Finally, though, the renovation of the library is complete, and they can move back to their true home, the library!
The book includes photos of the real house styles discussed in the text and a relevant glossary of architectural terms.
Praise for Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home
"Kirkand#8217;s familiar gouache illustrations maintain a mouse perspective filled with library details. This clever presentation of world housing types has three pages of backmatter that describes each style and its location. Not only is the story amusing, but the information will be useful in classrooms."
"Newcomers and fans of the previous titles will welcome this tale, and librarians will put it to good use in their research lessons."
--School Library Journal
"This is a fine use of light fantasy to teach a little lesson about building structures, and it will be especially useful to those preparing children for the disruptions that come with home renovations."
A lively hockey and ice dancing picture book in the tradition of Billy Elliot and The Sissy Duckling
Henry Holtons whole family is hockey mad. Everyone, that is, except Henry. When he holds a hockey stick, Henry becomes a menace to the gameand an embarrassment to his sports-minded family. Its not until he sees his first ice dancing performance that Henry realizes theres something he can do on the ice that doesnt involve boarding and body checking. Henry is ready to hang up his gear and try on some figure skates, but first he has to convince his hockey-obsessed family to let him follow his own path.
In a three-story house with a shop down below,
lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.
Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.
Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.
So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favorite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. Mon dieu! As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy, and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat andquot;knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish.andquot;
From the bestselling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer comes this delightful and very stylish story about love, community, and friendship, with some fancy hats thrown in for good measure.
Praise for Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
andquot;Beaty carries the bounces and lilts to the very last page. Robertsand#39; colorful, exaggerated hats (many of which are modeled on real designs) whimsically adorn the multicultural Parisian public.andquot;
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night sheandrsquo;s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goalandmdash;to flyandmdash;Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her auntandrsquo;s dream come true. But when her contraption doesnandrsquo;t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosieandrsquo;s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.
From the powerhouse author-illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.
Praise for Rosie Revere, Engineerandquot;Comically detailed mixed-media illustrations that keep the mood light and emphasize Rosieandrsquo;s creativity at every turn.andquot;andmdash;Publishers Weekly
andquot;The detritus of Rosieandrsquo;s collections is fascinating, from broken dolls and stuffed animals to nails, tools, pencils, old lamps and possibly an erector set. And cheddar-cheese spray.andquot;
andquot;This celebration of creativity and perseverance is told through rhyming text, which gives momentum and steady pacing to a story, consistent with the celebration of its heroine, Rosie. Sheandrsquo;s an imaginative thinker who hides her light under a bushel (well, really, the bed) after being laughed at for one of her inventions.andquot;
2013 Parentsand#39; Choice Award - GOLD
2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List
ReadBostonand#39;s Best Read Aloud Book
What if Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere grew up and started their own design studio? Introducing Peck and Revere Stationery Supplies, a line of paper goods conceived by the intensely creative fictional duo. Their inaugural product is a jacketed journal with pockets for stashing notes and office supplies; it actually comes with a pen and a ruler! Featuring David Beatyandrsquo;s sophisticated illustrations of pencils, protractors, blueprints, cranes, and other design/engineering tools, this journal will appeal to creative adults and kids alikeandmdash;even those who arenandrsquo;t familiar with the books.
Marshall Armstrong is new to school and definitely stands out from the crowd, with his pale skin, perpetual hats, and special and#8220;space foodand#8221; lunches that come in silver wrappers. He doesnand#8217;t play sports, and he doesnand#8217;t watch television. So when he invites everyone in class over for his birthday party, itand#8217;s sure to be a disaster. Or is it? Marshall Armstrong might have a trick or two up his long, and#8220;sun protectiveand#8221; sleeve.
David Mackintoshand#8217;s story, with its bold design and sharply humorous observations, is a highly original take on the popular theme of the difficulties of being the new kid and making friends.
Praise for Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School
and#171; and#8220;Mackintoshand#8217;s beautifully underplayed text and genial drawings manage to be empathic to both the leery narrator and the serenely outrand#233; object of his misapprehension. Without a whiff of pedantry, Mackintosh (Rex) skillfully dismantles the narratorand#8217;s defenses and bonds him to Marshall Armstrong, all the while proving that fun doesnand#8217;t always fit within the confines of oneand#8217;s comfort zone.and#8221; and#8211;Publishers Weekly, starred review
Lincoln Green has a double, someone who looks just like him. Lincoln Green's own mother can't tell the difference between him and You Know Who. With his handy stand-in taking care of all the chores that just canand#8217;t wait, Lincoln Green has plenty of time to do the things he wants to do, like drink fizzy sarsparilla and shoot the breeze. and#160; But Lincoln Greenand#8217;s not the only one who doesnand#8217;t like doing things they don't like doing. It's not long before You Know Who has teamed up with Billy the Kid Next Door, which is a lot more fun than doing things for Lincoln Green, that's for sure. And that's when Lincoln Green finds himself in BIG trouble. and#160; From the author of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School
and The Frank Show
comes another visually striking, brilliantly inventive picture book.
Praise for Standing in For Lincoln Green
"Mackintosh uses his fanciful premise to great effect, both as a fun taste of wish fulfillment and as a lesson to all the potential shirkers out there. His art offers distinctive details in the clothes and settings and big-headed, rosy-cheeked warmth in the characters."
"An imaginative, visually dynamic picture book that playfully touts the advantagesand#151;and even pleasuresand#151;of just getting things done."
"Budding sophisticates will relish Mackintosh's irony."
"Mackintoshand#8217;s voice is engaging, but itand#8217;s the look of his pages that will have readers and#151; and lap listeners and#151; marveling at the variety of perspective, color and composition that make and#145;Standing In for Lincoln Greenand#8217; such a standout." and#151;The New York Times
"Funny and fun, this paean to playand#150;and workand#150;will have readers cheering for both Lincoln and You Know Who."
and#151;School Library Journal
About the Author
Andrea Beaty's first book was When Giants Come to Play. She is the recipient of the prestigious Barbara Karlin Honor Grant for picture-book writing from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Naperville, Illinois.David Roberts, winner of the Nestlé Smarties, has illustrated ten books, including Dirty Bertie and Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story. Publishers Weekly praised Cinderella, saying, "With this volume's attention to accessories and interior decoration, the familiar story and the Prohibition era make a perfect ?t." He was runner-up for the prestigious Mother Goose Award for children's illustration. David lives in London.