Books by Rogé

GRANDFATHER AND THE MOON by Stéphanie Lapointe
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2017

"An undeniable if imperfect gem. (Graphic novel. 10-13)"
"It's so easy not to notice a man of few words." Read full book review >
THE FRENCH FRY KING by Rogé
by Rogé, illustrated by Rogé
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Roger's story conveys the subtle and salutary message that material achievement and fame does not necessarily include love and companionship, and a shared venture may be sweeter than solitary success. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A spotted dachshund with an inquiring mind and big ambitions starts his own French-fry stand, and his fries become popular with customized versions around the world. Read full book review >
NOAH’S BARK by Stephen Krensky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

Krensky uses the basic elements of the Noah's Ark story for his own original pourquoi tale of how the animals came to have their own distinctive sounds. While Noah builds his ark in preparation for the imminent flood, he is surrounded by a wide assortment of animals that randomly use all the typical animal sounds from moos to meows. Though Noah successfully herds all the animal pairs into the ark, chaos ensues, and there is no communication between species until Noah devises a way for the animals to choose their own characteristic noises. The amusing, understated text has the flavor of a traditional folktale, well complemented by Rogé's naïve paintings with flattened perspective and muted colors. The illustrations have a dark, moody atmosphere with gray skies and driving rain, offset by the folksy charm of the animals. There is no obvious religious content in the text, with no mention of God and no dove or rainbow. While this choice makes the book plenty ecumenical, it also will render readers unfamiliar with the story mystified at Noah's foreknowledge of the flood and determination to build the ark. (Picture book. 3-5) Read full book review >
ROGER GETS CARRIED AWAY by Barbara Todd
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

Wild encounters with a succession of toothy, googly-eyed space aliens bring a reluctant lad around to accepting his first pair of glasses. As "Captain Kaboodle," Roger insists that he doesn't need specs. But roaring away from his bedroom out into space to collect a billion pairs of glasses for the many-eyed residents of Planet Zarfnutt, he bumps into an immense Astro Blob, among so many other Things, that he at last reluctantly dons his own pair. Imagine his delight to see a whole new universe, replete with sharp stars, previously unreadable road signs and oogly passersby. With cartoon art, Rogé fills each busy page with jumbles of eyes, aliens and action, cranking the already-headlong pace of Roger's flight up several notches. Younger readers for whom Lane Smith's Glasses, Who Needs 'Em? (1991) is a little too far out will come along more happily on this ride. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >
SINK OR SWIM by Valerie Coulman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

Carping critics may object to Coulman's use of the word "cows" to describe two bovines of the male persuasion, but young readers in search or need of empowerment stories will enjoy this splashy sequel to When Pigs Fly (2001). A paddle in the pond seems a perfect anodyne for a hot day—but cows don't swim, right? "Not yet they don't," responds Ralph to his doubting buddy Morris, as well as skeptical ducks and other pond residents. And, indeed, after repeated failures, plus trips to Bubbles Bob's Swim Shop for goggles and other gear, Ralph ultimately proves his point. Rogé illustrates the encouraging episode with sunny country scenes of jellybean-shaped ruminants in striped swimwear, flailing about to the amusement (generally) of finned and flippered onlookers. Ralph's example could mooooove readers to take on preconceived limitations with like optimism and determination. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >