Books by Ralph Cosentino

Released: April 1, 2011

"Still, she stands as proof that there's more to this superhero business than big muscles and testosterone-fueled aggression. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Cosentino's third introduction to a costumed superhero for newly independent readers (Superman, 2010, etc.) adequately covers the basics while resolutely placing its subject on the moral and ethical high ground. Read full book review >
SUPERMAN by Ralph Cosentino
Released: April 1, 2010

"While it's certainly never too soon to introduce children to the first and still greatest of the modern costumed crime-fighters, he, and they, deserve better than this knockoff. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Cribbing freely from the classic TV show and the 1978 movie as well as episodes from decades of comics, the Man of Steel tersely describes his origins and strongly declares his intention to "fight a never-ending battle for truth and justice." Read full book review >
BATMAN by Ralph Cosentino
Released: May 1, 2008

"To younger children, Batman will come across as sinister, but not uncomfortably so, and despite all the crimefighting depicted, the level of explicit violence is relatively low. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Joining the pre-release buzz for his latest film (scheduled for summer), Batman steps out of the shadows to introduce himself to less practiced readers who might be a little hazy on what he's all about. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A crowd-pleaser, imbued with Calvin & Hobbes-style humor. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Cosentino offers 12 nearly wordless mishaps, each told in four big sequential cartoon panels rendered in a retro graphic style on double pages. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A tender tale of togetherness to shelve next to such similar but unlikely partnerships as Lawrence David's Pickle and Penguin (p. 1003). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Cosentino claims this pillow-meets-dog tale to be the result of "49% imagination, 48% inspiration, 3% perspiration," and those proportions look about right, as the childlike art is all simple, rounded forms and uniform color fields, but depicts an animistic world of stick-limbed figures that will leave young viewers chortling over its quirky turns. Read full book review >