Search Results: "Bob Balaban"


BOOK REVIEW

BOY OR BEAST by Bob Balaban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"A wacky story of loyalty and self-discovery. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Charles is 12, unpopular, bullied, small and geeky—and to make matters worse, he's turning into a giant reptile. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"While the subject matter is the ugliness of humankind at its worst, this labor of conscience and love is resounding in its humanity."
This powerful account of poet and novelist Balaban's (Coming Down Again, 1985) volunteer missions of mercy to Vietnam from 1967-71 serves as a reminder of the awful price paid for that war, particularly by the innocent children caught in the bloody cross fire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! by Bob Shea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Children often see themselves as the underdog in an adultcentric world; they'll be rooting for the bunnies (all three…no wait, 72 of them). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Buddy is one cranky, hungry monster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY PET BOOK by Bob Staake
by Bob Staake, illustrated by Bob Staake
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"One of Staake's sillier, more ebullient outings—and that's saying something. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this cheer for books and reading, a boy wants a pet—but one that's easy, lacks fleas and won't run away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RACER DOGS by Bob Kolar
by Bob Kolar, illustrated by Bob Kolar
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Checkerboard endpapers show each doggie driver identified by name, including two female drivers, with one named Bingo—the only dog smart enough to read her map. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Kolar (A Cat and a Dog, not reviewed, etc.) illustrates his busy scenes of canines cruising in cars in a cool palette of blues, grays, and citrus shades, with cartoon-style characters in a retro style and flat perspective similar to that of J.otto Seibold's Mr. Lunch books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RACE YOU TO BED by Bob Shea
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Bob Shea
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"To sleep! (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hyperactive, saucer-eyed rabbit challenges readers to a race to bed and runs into a gamut of unexpected animals, people and predicaments along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETS GO POP! by Bob Staake
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"A little too much style, not enough substance. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)"
Two per spread, a cavalcade of pets runs, romps and plays. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LITTLE 123 BOOK by Bob Staake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"There are things to count, 120, and a nice final spread recaps the exercise. (Board book. 2-5)"
There is a lot going on in the polished design of this counting book, with some scenes and objects more readily recognizable in their simplicity or sophistication than others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALK THE DOG by Bob Barner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Whether walking, running, sniffing, licking, jumping, digging, or chasing, these happy-go-lucky four-footed friends exemplify all the alluring traits that qualify them for the title of man's (and kids') best friend. (Picture book. 2-5)"
From the oversize pawprints on the grassy-green endpapers to the parade of pups between the covers, this alphabetic array of popular pooches will have young readers howling, barking, and growling for a dog of their own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARS! STARS! STARS! by Bob Barner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Astronomy is a vast, complex subject, and any introduction for children will necessarily be brief and even simplistic, but Barner succeeds in illuminating the basics of the field in a creative and satisfying way. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-7)"
Barner (Dinosaur Bones, 2001, etc.) provides a concise, attractive introduction to stars and planets that will work well for reading aloud in preschool or early elementary classrooms or for one-on-one sharing with a young child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STOMP, STOMP! by Bob Kolar
by Bob Kolar, illustrated by Bob Kolar
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It's not very substantial, otherwise, although the color scheme—lime, aqua, and purple—of the wet-on- wet watercolors seems as willfully crazy as the small hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In about three dozen words, Kolar chronicles the noisy progress of a small green dinosaur who is stomping his (or her) way through the neighborhood. Read full book review >