Books by Roger Roth

THE ROLLER COASTER KID by Mary Ann Rodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2012

"This gentle book provides a good starting point for conversations about death and how people react to it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Life can be like a roller coaster. Read full book review >
VOYAGE TO THE PHAROS by Sarah Gauch
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Get some popcorn and give those kids a break from Pixar. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's not often that the youngest readers have the opportunity to get swept away on a heart-pounding adventure, but this fictional voyage delivers just that. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Worthwhile, despite minor flaws. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The subtitle's reference to "brownies with sprinkles" puts an unfortunately saccharine spin on this otherwise heartfelt collaboration, in which Friedman and Roth draw upon their experience as adoptive parents in this story about Cassidy-Li, an adopted Chinese-American girl. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Young history buffs will enjoy dipping into this fine collection, and parents and teachers will find it an invaluable resource. (introduction, index) (Nonfiction. 7+)"
Armstrong approaches history as a storyteller, and each of these stories is a gem of clear and concise writing. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"While this may have lots of appeal for the nascent investigator, it may be less than satisfying for young historians, who will wonder how Yolen and Stemple know what they say they know. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In the fourth offering in the Unsolved Mystery from History series, the curious little girl invites readers to 1692 and Salem, Massachusetts, to examine the hysteria of the witch-hunts. Read full book review >
STINK SOUP by Jill Esbaum
by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Roger Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2004

"Amusing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Spending a week at Granny's is not Annabelle's idea of fun for two reasons: she has to be in charge of making her little brother, Willie, behave and she has to help Granny put up mountains of tomatoes. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2003

"As an account of the lost colony, this is adequate; as a true mystery from history, it misses the boat. (bibliography, Web sites) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
A gimmicky "mystery from history" is presented with the true detective work leached out of it and replaced with a phony framework meant to simulate clue-tracking. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"But it is accessible and fascinating, and fans of unsolved mysteries will enjoy turning back and forth through the pages of this one. (bibliography) (Fiction. 8-13)"
In the early 1920s, newspapers throughout the world reported on two orphaned girls in a village in India who, it was alleged, had been raised by wolves. Read full book review >
FISHING FOR METHUSELAH by Roger Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"A rousing adventure with irascible, lovable heros. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Roth delivers an unabashedly outrageous tale about the one that got away in this saga of two competitive fishermen and the wise fish that teaches them a lesson about friendship. Read full book review >
ALISON'S WINGS by Marion Dane Bauer
ADVENTURE
Released: April 22, 1996

"Well-crafted, but prosaic and downbeat. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 6-8)"
Ignoring everyone's skepticism, Alison is sure that ``girl wings'' are about to poke out of her shoulder bumps. Read full book review >
HARRIET'S HARE by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 1995

"But if there is less action in this than in some of his more recent titles, the cover makes it clear that this is aimed at more thoughtful readers, who will enjoy it immensely. (Fiction. 7-10)"
King-Smith's whimsical fantasy gets a science fiction twist in this story of a friendship between a girl and a vacationing extraterrestrial in the role usually assigned to a fairy godmother. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE DOG by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 1993

"A minor effort from this reliable author, but told in his usual refreshingly brisk style and set forth in attractive, easy- looking format. (Young reader. 7-10)"
When Janie finds the leash and collar that belonged to Rupert—a paragon of a dog who died five years ago when she was two—her parents make it clear that they're not about to replace him: only another Great Dane would do, and they're far too expensive. Read full book review >
THE GIRAFFE THAT WALKED TO PARIS by Nancy Milton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Informative historical note; map. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
In 1826, the Egyptian pasha, trying to mend his diplomatic fences, presented King Charles X with the first giraffe ever to be seen in France. Read full book review >