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Works by Judy Katschke

Ready, Set, Boo (2014) 141 copies
It's a Twin Thing (1999) 115 copies
Dinosaur: Two of A Kind (2000) 103 copies
Howdy, Sheriff Woody! (1999) 103 copies
The Sleepover Secret (1600) 90 copies
Calling All Boys (2000) 89 copies
Two's a Crowd (1999) 80 copies
To Snoop or Not to Snoop? (1999) 79 copies
The Cool Club (2000) 78 copies
Flicka: Untamed Spirit (2006) 69 copies
Take A Hike, Snoopy! (2002) — Adapter — 61 copies
Shore Thing (2001) 60 copies
Bye-bye Boyfriend (2000) 57 copies
Sealed With a Kiss (2001) 49 copies
April Fools Rules! (2002) 42 copies
Willa's Butterfly Ballet (2018) 41 copies
Buzz and the Bubble Planet (1998) 36 copies
The Ant Bully: Movie Novel (2006) 35 copies
Ice Age 2: The Great Escape (2006) 35 copies
The Music Meltdown (2003) 30 copies
To School and Beyond! (1998) 30 copies
The Facts About Flirting (2003) 29 copies
Dare to Scare (2003) 25 copies
Closer Than Ever (2002) 22 copies
Twist and Shout (2004) 21 copies
Heart to Heart (2004) 20 copies
Candles, Cake, Celebrate! (2005) 14 copies
Lost In Space (1998) 14 copies
Trollz: Magic Of The Five (2006) 12 copies
Modem Menace (1995) 11 copies
If I Were President (1999) 9 copies
The Jade Monkey (2002) 8 copies
Smile and Say "Woof!" (2000) 7 copies
The Beach Collection (2004) 6 copies
Sisters (2007) 5 copies
To School & Beyond! (2000) 5 copies
Counting sheep (2019) 4 copies
Enfin victorieux ! (2010) 1 copy

Associated Works

Disney's Easy to Read Treasury Storybook (2002) — Contributor — 13 copies


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It’s a book based on a movie that was based on a book. The dismal thing is that I loved the original book, My Friend Flicka, what it is to see it reduced like this. No depth, subtle nuance, descriptive language . . . However I suppose it does get the basics of the story in front of younger readers. I noticed years ago that there was this new film made of the novel, with a girl as the main character, and the horse a black wild mustang, not a golden range filly. I knew a lot more of the story was changed, so I had no interest in watching the film. I’m sure this little movie-to-book angle has left a lot out, and it rackets through the narrative pretty darn quick, but it was enough to let me know I was right. What’s the same: it takes place on a Wyoming ranch, the main character is struggling in school and has a hard time pleasing her disciplinarian father. She sets her heart on catching and taming the young horse, which everyone else sees it as a dangerous undertaking. There’s a mountain lion encounter (way more dramatic and close-at-hand than I recall in the original, though I admit I don’t remember it so clearly) and a storm, and an illness, and that dramatic scene where she hears a gunshot from her sickbed and misinterprets the meaning . . . Changes I noticed (beyond the main ones mentioned above): the original character (Ken) had admired a picture on the landing of a duck, not wild horses running (small detail, but it was significant in the first story). I don’t recall there being a wild horse race at a rodeo (maybe there was, but it sure didn’t include Flicka). I think this story blended some things about Flicka with another horse from the ranch in the original novel, the very fast black mare that someone bought hoping to turn her into a racehorse. The taming of Flicka happened over injury and lying in cold creek water, not being coaxed with apples in the dark of a corral.

There’s more I’m sure, but I’ve forgotten too much by now. However, it was enough unfamiliarity mixed with a beloved narrative, that I felt perplexed, irritated and bored throughout the slim fifty-odd pages. I’m probably being too harsh. Someone who’s never read the original, will probably find this a heartwarming story with a good message.
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jeane | 2 other reviews | Oct 27, 2023 |
• Toy Story: Buzz and the Bubble Planet / Judy Katschke, writer; Sol Studios, illustrators
• The Lion King: Roar! / Patricia Grossman, writer; Adam Devaney and Darren Hont, illustrator
• Aladdin: Abu Monkeys Around / Anne Schreiber, writer; Darren Hont, illustrator
• Lady and the Tramp: What's That Noise? / Carol Pugliano-Martin, writer; Sol Studios, illustrators
• Mulan: Lost! / Kathryn Cristaldi McKeon, writer; Denise Shimabukuro, Korey Heinzen, Anna Leong, and Wood Herman, illustrators
• The Little Mermaid: Ariel and the Very Best Book / Patrick Daley and Joan Michael, writers; Sol Studios, illustrators
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villemezbrown | Oct 25, 2022 |
• Beauty and the Beast: Chip's Favorite Season / Patrick Daley, writer; Sol Studios, illustrators
• A Bug's Life: Flik's Perfect Gift / Judy Katschke, writer; Pulsar Studios, Scott Tilley, Andrea Alvin, and John Alvin, illustrators
• Pocahontas: Where's Flit? / Bettina Ling, writer; Eric Binder and Darren Hont, illustrators
• Aladdin: Genie School / K. A. Alister, writer; Christian Monte and Adam Devaney, illustrators
• The Lion King: Simba's Pouncing Lesson / Gail Tuchman, writer; Sol Studios, illustrators
• Toy Story: To School and Beyond / Judy Katschke, writer; Sol Studios, illustrators
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villemezbrown | Oct 25, 2022 |
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Midwinter 2018.
fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |


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