Search Results: "Frank Rocco"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 22, 2011

"It's an outing antic enough to cause rough young salts to hoist their sippy cups in glee. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
The opening episode of a rollicking pirate yarn replete with bones, heaps of treasure and Yo-Ho-Hos. Read full book review >

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WOLF! WOLF! by John Rocco
by John Rocco, illustrated by John Rocco
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Good-humored fun all around. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The familiar tale of the boy who cried wolf is relocated to Japan and given a twist at the end. Read full book review >

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MOONPOWDER by John Rocco
by John Rocco, illustrated by John Rocco
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 27, 2008

"In keeping with its closing images of Eli's returning dad, it is topically enough dedicated 'to the children of soldiers everywhere.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Rocco crafts a set of copper-colored retro dreamscapes for this tale of a lad who shakes off his own recurrent nightmare by repairing the celestial machinery that creates sweet dreams—or rather, the titular powder that produces them. Read full book review >

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BLIZZARD by John Rocco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 2014

"A kid is the hero in this tale of ingenuity and bravery. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young readers will be tickled by a young boy's resourcefulness in this story of how he and his family survive a monumental blizzard. Read full book review >

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SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM by John Rocco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2013

"This won't answer those many preschool requests for superhero stories, but it does offer a go-with-the-flow bit of imaginative silliness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young superhero falls prey to a Samson complex. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACKOUT by John Rocco
Kirkus Star
by John Rocco, illustrated by John Rocco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2011

"Not all young readers will have experienced a blackout, but this engaging snapshot could easily have them wishing for one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"It started out as a normal summer night"—until the lights go out, citywide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FU FINDS THE WAY by John Rocco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"Best shared by an enlightened adult with a thoughtful child. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Westerners have long been fascinated with Eastern culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Excuse Me...I'm Not Dead Yet! by Nola Rocco
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"An engaging novel about one woman's journey from faded to fabulous."
Rocco (The Hollywood Facelift, 1995) offers a kind of Sex and the City for the baby boomer generation in this highly amusing and surprisingly clever romantic comedy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"Snappy and sharp, picaresque but scholarly: it's almost a crime that so heinous a disease should be treated to so grand a biography. (16-page b&w photo insert, not seen)"
A seasoned, filigreed history of malaria and its treatment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DREAM WEAVER by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Fascinating and fun spider facts cap off a rare effort where engaging text, distinct illustrations, and smart design jibe perfectly. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Through the eyes of a curious child, readers observe the behavior of a single yellow spider and his world in a lyrical bedtime story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEEP! BEEP! GO TO SLEEP! by Todd Tarpley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"The short and rhyming text, along with its colorful illustrations, makes this book a great read-aloud for robot or pajama storytimes as well as bedtime lap reading. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A tricksy and playful rhyming robot bedtime story that will power down the little ones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWIM THAT ROCK by John Rocco
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, fills the bill for teens looking for an atypical action adventure. (map) (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teen goes to desperate lengths to save his family's diner in this unevenly executed fishing drama set on Narragansett Bay. Read full book review >