Search Results: "Ian H. Robertson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An unfocused analysis of what lies behind the desire to win."
Robertson (Psychology/Trinity College Dublin; Opening the Mind's Eye: How Images and Language Teach Us to See, 2003, etc.) looks at how success and power affect human behavior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STRESS TEST by Ian Robertson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An intriguing overview of important developments in brain research, specifically as it relates to finding 'the right mental balance we need for each challenge that faces us.'"
A veteran neuroscientist and clinical psychologist explores the changes that occur in our brains depending upon how we deal with challenging situations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Maybe a little too overemphatic on the virtues of imagery, but on the whole a useful corrective to word-driven worldviews."
We all need a strong dose of nonverbal imagery to make us better learners, copers, and all-round human beings, asserts Robertson (Psychology/Trinity College) in a work that's half do-it-yourself, half explanatory neuroscience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGON SNATCHER by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Robertson is a one-note artist, but he plays that note very well, and dragon-lovers will pore over the pictures, at least. (Picture book. 6-9)"
As in his Great Dragon Rescue (2004), Robertson pairs a perfunctory storyline to arresting, dramatically angled paintings featuring big, leathery dragons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BRAVE BRIAN by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"This fits well into the pantheon of scary stories for younger children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Big Brave Brian tackles common childhood fears: Something is under the bed or something is in the closet, for example. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGON AND THE GRUESOME TWOSOME by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Recommended for fans of the series. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This story begins like the others in the series, including The Egg (2001), The Great Dragon Rescue (2004) and The Dragon Snatcher (2005): An English boy named George sits in his garden, concerned with little more than "his mother's favourite chicken." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOON IN SWAMPLAND by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Clambering through scenes of soggy, blue-lit hummocks and opaque pools, the web-fingered, razor-toothed swamp-dwellers give this atmospheric rendition a deliciously creepy edge. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
Get ready for plenty of shivers, as Robertson retells a tale best known in this country as "The Buried Moon," and illustrates it with eerie, misted swampscapes populated by plenty of green-skinned, Gollum-esque bogles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SANDCASTLE by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

Wishes come true for a young artisan in this abbreviated teaching tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT DRAGON RESCUE by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"There are far better stories out there for dragon-loving children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This lushly illustrated story features a young, Harry Potter-like boy, his friend the dragon hatched in The Egg (2000), and a delightfully drawn witch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANK 'N' STAN by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Appealing both to the eye and the heart, and even though children are unlikely to catch the literary references, their parents will chuckle over them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A heartwarming tale of a boy and his robot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EGG by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A distinct waste next to such kindred books as Jerdine Nolen's Raising Dragons (1998) and Rod Clement's Just Another Ordinary Day (1997). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Resembling a younger Harry Potter more than a little in Robertson's technically accomplished, though flatly uninspired paintings, a lad finds an immense egg in the hen house one morning, and dutifully takes on parental duties for the dragon that hatches out of it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOOD CHAIN by M.P. Robertson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Swimmy is still the gold standard. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A hapless goldfish becomes an undersea victim. Read full book review >