Books by Robert Maass

LITTLE TRUCKS WITH BIG JOBS by Robert Maass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"In a simple exposition, Maass provides a full-color photograph set opposite large-font text that offers a very brief description of the role each plays, demonstrating convincingly that small is beautiful, even for truck lovers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Small trucks accomplish Herculean tasks with aplomb and finesse. Read full book review >
GARBAGE by Robert Maass
by Robert Maass, photographed by Robert Maass
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"The pictures may be a match for anything else on the subject, but for informational purposes stick with the many more narrowly focused books for younger children on recycling, waste, and sanitation careers. (glossary) (Picture book nonfiction. 7-9)"
A better photographer than writer, Maass (Tugboats, 1997) matches bright, revealing color photographs of trash and garbage (he doesn't distinguish between the two) on its way from lunch table to either landfill or backyard compost pile, with a series of impersonal generalities that rob the journey of most of its interest or educational value. Read full book review >
MOMMY'S IN THE HOSPITAL HAVING A BABY by Maxine Rosenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1997

"The use of color photos is a happy choice for this upbeat subject, but several of the scenes are blurred, rendering some of the participants slightly fuzzy. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)"
A book for expectant siblings that helps take the mystery and anxiety out of mother's absence when a new baby is born. Read full book review >
TUGBOATS by Robert Maass
by Robert Maass, photographed by Robert Maass
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Still, Maass's explanation of such terms as headline, wheelhouse, and docking pilot should make preschoolers feel as salty as Popeye, and eager to hoist anchor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children will be delighted by the full-color photographs of many different tugboats—``the best-known and best-loved workboats of the water''—in this work from Maass (When Winter Comes, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
WHEN SPRING COMES by Robert Maass
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"A fine conclusion to an excellent series. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
A gifted photographer completes his cycle of the seasons with a fourth group of lyrically captioned color photos. Read full book review >
WHEN WINTER COMES by Robert Maass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"It will be interesting to see what he makes of spring. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
In his third photographic evocation of a season as enjoyed by children in different settings, Maass strikes a quieter tone than he did in When Summer Comes (p. 787), emphasizing winter's somber blues and grays; here, snow scenes are muted under clouded skies, and the occasional bright hat, or a cozy interior with Chanukah candles or a soft red Navaho rug beneath an unlit Christmas tree, counterpoint the duller tones rather subtly. Read full book review >
WHEN SUMMER COMES by Robert Maass
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 1993

"Splendid. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-9)"
In a companion to When Autumn Comes (1990), Maass captures another season's essence in outstanding photos. Read full book review >