Search Results: "Barbara Robinson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER by Barbara Robinson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"The Herdmans will delight readers of this spirited sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972). (Fiction. 8+)"
Not just your average naughty children, the Herdmans occasionally step over the line into juvenile delinquency- -but they do it with such panache that the reader cannot help but be impressed. Read full book review >

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THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1972

"By the starry, snow-soft ending this is revealed as the same old Christmas story after all (and really there was never a chance of any other outcome), but the Herdmans' outrages — from setting fires, stealing, and blackmailing other children at home and school to burping the baby Jesus and bearing a ham (a more suitable offering in their hungry eyes than oil or perfume) at the pageant — add enough spice to make this one livelier than most."
The young narrator, whose mother is saddled with directing the Church's annual Christmas pageant, becomes newly (but for the reader predictably) aware of the season's true meaning after the horrible Herdmans, a family of truly terrifying brats, bully themselves into the major roles — Mary; Joseph, the Angel, the Wise Men — and take their parts fervently if unconventionally to heart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT ANIMALS REALLY LIKE by Fiona Robinson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Guffaws and surprising twists (plus Timbertooth's exaggerated tantrums) will have youngsters clamoring for a repeat performance. Brava! (Picture book. 4-8)"
World-famous conductor Herbert Timberteeth (an aptly named beaver) is about to debut his new song, "What Animals Like Most." Read full book review >

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STARSEED by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Still, Stardance fans will want to investigate."
Sequel to Stardance, the Robinsons' combination of dance, aliens, and politics in orbit above 21st-century Earth. Read full book review >

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STARMIND by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

Third in the trilogy (Starseed, 1991, etc.) about the Stardancers, human-alien symbiotes who are able to live unprotected in space, and who can share a mingled consciousness as and when they wish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Good, goofy fun. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
While heading by train to Whiska City to chase her dream of becoming a detective, Jenny the donkey meets a menagerie of new friends who will make perfect partners in her new venture. Read full book review >

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PARANORMAL by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"A dramatic tale—or the first part of one, anyway—heavily steeped in tribal lore. (Paranormal suspense. 11-13)"
The young Cherokee seer struck by lightning in Abnormal (2014) acquires more extrasensory powers after a near-death experience in this partial sequel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROKEN PROMISES by Anitha Robinson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"A middle volume only thinly held together by overdone alien tropes. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Kalli loses faith in Ellis and fights to free the girls housing the embryos of his dying alien species. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAN Z BY LESLIE KOVE by Betsy Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2001

"A standard tale that features a particularly irritating adolescent narrator. The Curse of Holden Caulfield strikes again."
A trip back in time to the 1970s and all, supposedly, that was groovy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2000

"An authorial feat that's a reader's feast."
Frustrated by his inability to find a one-volume reference giving reliable information on Jewish laws, prayers, holidays, rituals, life-cycle events, scripture, rabbinic commentary, mysticism, philosophy (buoyantly introduced here with the heading "Rabbis Versus Philosophers"), and recent history, veteran Kirkus reviewer Robinson has produced his own omnium-gatherum (or whatever the equivalent Hebrew term is) of all things Jewish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELECTRICITY by Ray Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"She's a survivor like no other, and the mixed pleasure of inhabiting her jagged psyche is the best reason for reading this daring tightrope-walk of a novel."
A vividly portrayed, most unconventional protagonist dominates this punchy first novel from an award-winning British short-story writer. Read full book review >