Books by Ken Robbins

Released: March 30, 2010

"Ordinary topic; extraordinary details. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
By tossing in tidbits of history, word origins and meanings, Robbins takes the everyday subject of measurement and makes it accessible, interesting and memorable. Read full book review >
HOW MANY CATS? by Lauren Thompson
Released: April 28, 2009

"Sure to be a call-and-response crowd-pleaser at any kitty-cat storytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"How many cats / are here to play? / Zero, zilch. / None today." Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2009

"Ultimately both approach and content seem best suited to an adult audience (preferably dedicated foodies) who will be sufficiently familiar with mythology, history and literature to catch and appreciate the many allusions. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Striking photographs dominate in this odd paean to selected fruits and vegetables. Read full book review >
KEEPERS by John Frank
Released: April 1, 2008

"Perhaps Miss Stretchberry could ask Jack and his classmates to write their own object poems inspired by these amazing photos, enabling them to join the ranks of such poets as Ralph Fletcher or Valerie Worth. (Poetry. 8-12)"
In Sharon Creech's verse novel Love that Dog (2001), Miss Stretchberry knew how to engage her student Jack with poetry. Read full book review >
PUMPKINS by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A supplemental purchase. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
At Halloween, pumpkins are everywhere, but the story of pumpkins begins with seeds sown in the spring, followed by plants, flowers and finally, fruits in surprising variety. Read full book review >
SEEDS by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, illustrated by Ken Robbins
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Teachers will wish that Robbins had placed more emphasis on general seed facts, but overall this is a good beginning and a great resource in its photographs. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Zoom in on some of the most common seeds and learn a few facts along the way. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

"The midnight blue cover with glowing fireflies hints at the magical nature of what lies inside: luminous poems that will stand the test of time. (Poetry. 5-10)"
Devoted fans of Turtle in July (1989) will savor each minute spent with this companion collection of chronologically organized poems from the prolific and versatile poet. Read full book review >
APPLES by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Would make a yummy storytime with Deborah Turney Zagwyn's Apple Batter (1999) and Nancy Elizabeth Wallace's Apples, Apples, Apples (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
"An apple is a wonderful thing—a perfect handful of portable food, wrapped in a package of its very own skin." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A familiar story, well-told, and enhanced by the many well-chosen period photographs. (photo credits) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
"In 1875 there were perhaps fifty million of them. Just twenty-five years later nearly every one of them was gone." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Robbins (Autumn Leaves, 1998, etc.) chooses a bright palette for his hand-colored photographs, painting the cabs of a series of big rigs in eye-catching shades with trailers and backgrounds in paler tints, but many of the shots are taken from such a distance that the look is artificial, without detail or a sense of scale. Read full book review >
AUTUMN LEAVES by Ken Robbins
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book ends, fittingly, with an uncaptioned picture of a leafless tree; under its bough is a big pile of leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Leaf identification books can be baffling to preschoolers collecting autumn leaves; whether the books feature minute silhouettes of trees and leaves, or full-blown full-color photographs of summer greens, they rarely display what a leaf looks like come fall. Read full book review >
RODEO by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

In a departure from his characteristic still-life photos of bridges, tools, flowers, and the elements, Robbins (Earth, 1995, etc.) turns his camera to a much more kinetic subject—the rodeo. Read full book review >
EARTH by Ken Robbins
Released: April 1, 1995

"A thoughtful plea for the environment, impassioned by the beauty and restraint of its presentation. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
An overview of earth by Robbins (Water, 1994, etc.) presented in terms of the four basic elements (volumes on air and fire are forthcoming). Read full book review >
WATER by Ken Robbins
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Visually stunning and capable of provoking more serious study. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
Gorgeous hand-colored photographs illustrate this first in a series on the classic elements. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"An unusually intelligent, well-designed presentation of a perennially fascinating topic. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
Pointing out that ``Power machines do what we do, but on a much bigger scale,'' Robbins uses his technique of judicious hand-tinting to clarify b&w photos of 13 ``awesome'' contrivances, each headed with a pair of vivid verbs (``Scoop and Dump''—payloader; ``Smash and Crack''—jackhammer; ``Hum and Spin''—steam-turbine generator) and a brief, lucid description (in using a tree spade, ``The plug of earth goes back in the hole where the tree originally was, and the landscape is hardly disturbed at all''). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A useful concept book with a succinct overview. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Planting and harvesting peanuts and wheat; milking cows; factory processing of peanut butter, baking bread, bottling milk; supermarket checkout counter; finished snack—all are clearly illustrated in photos captioned with a brief text. Read full book review >
BRIDGES by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, photographed by Ken Robbins
Released: May 1, 1991

"An attractive introduction. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-9)"
Robbins's unique style of hand-tinting b&w photos, retaining some of their graphic crispness while adding color that is softer and subtler than that of a color photo, serves well for this showcase for 16 types of bridges—from a log over a stream to such varied and complex structures as the Brooklyn Bridge, New Jersey Turnpike, and a vertical lift alternative to a drawbridge. Read full book review >