Sunday 8 December 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Little Chicken Duck an "Irresistible Choice"

The Manitoba Library Association
Vol XX Number 14
December 6, 2013

Little Chicken Duck.
Tim Beiser. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2013. 24 pp., hardcover, $19.99.ISBN 978-1-77049-392-6. Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7.

Review by Reesa Cohen.
**** /4

... Beiser is no stranger to creating delightful spirited rhyming texts in children's stories that, at their heart, have a worthwhile lesson suitable to a young reader. Facing one's fears could lead to worthwhile classroom discussions. As in his previous books Miss Mousie's Blind Date and Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog, the rhythmic poetic verse simply flows, if read aloud.
     Award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin does this charming tale justice, with delightful artwork rendered in acrylics on gessoed paper. Enchanting perspectives, rich colour, and lively action, all add to the comical retelling of each bird's version of fear. The playfulness of both text and images makes Little Chicken Duck an irresistible choice for both school and home.

Highly Recommended.

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Monday 25 November 2013

BOOK LAUNCH: "Little Chicken Duck"

You lucky ducks, Little Chicken Duck is on the way! 

You are cordially invited to attend the launch party for author Tim Beiser and illustrator Bill Slavin's newest children's book, "Little Chicken Duck" -- a lovingly illustrated, heartwarming tale in rhyme about facing childhood fears. Come meet the creative team and get a first look at this vibrant, beautifully produced book.

DATE: Sunday, December 1

TIME: 1pm to 3pm

Tuesday 19 March 2013

MISS MOUSIE -- The Exhibition!

Did you know Miss Mousie's Blind Date is a work of art? Actually it's about 30 works of art! Come to Toronto's Ingram Gallery on Saturday, April 6, between 2 and 4pm, for a special Miss Mousie book event, and see the original illustrations painted by the astounding Rachel Berman. Author Tim Beiser and illustrator Rachel Berman will both be on hand to sign books. The whole family (especially the kids) are welcome, and all the Miss Mousie paintings will be on sale.

The Ingram Gallery is located at 49 Avenue Road in Toronto (at Hazelton Lanes). "Bay" and "Museum" are the nearest subway stations. Phone 416-929-2220 for more information.

Sunday 6 January 2013

Book Review -- Quill & Quire Magazine

Miss Mousie's Blind Date

Quill & Quire Magazine

January 2013
Reviewed by Emily Donaldson

... Beiser’s playful rhymes ferry us merrily along to the tale’s satisfying resolution. Realizing they’re both pretending to be something they’re not, Miss Mousie calls a truce, which the mole accepts on bended knee, proposing, “If you’ll be you, then I’ll be me.”

Beiser and illustrator Rachel Berman previously collaborated on the equally enchanting Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog. Once again, Berman’s formally attired creatures, their delicate hands and oversized heads rendered in muted tones, show Beatrix Potter’s influence in the best possible way. This is an utterly charming book and a gentle introduction to the lifelong perils of spring fever.

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