Search Results: "J.A.G. Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

A CONCISE HISTORY OF CHINA by J.A.G. Roberts
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A clear trail into a vast, lovely, alluring land. (10 maps)"
China specialist Roberts (Modern China: An Illustrated History, not reviewed, etc.) begins with the discovery of the remains of homo erectus nearly a half-million years old, proceeds through dynasties, uprisings, and revolutions, and ends with the Yangzi floods of 1998. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAPUNZEL by Lynn Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Those under 30 may miss many of the cultural references, but even in this fractured form it's good to see the classic tale stayin' alive, stayin' alive. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/folktale. 8-10, adult)"
Having found an audience—an adult one, at least—for Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story (2001), the Roberts sibs put a differently styled, but equally stylish twist on another folktale romance. Read full book review >

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GRATEFUL FOR ROMANCE—AND SUSPENSE!
by Bobbi Dumas

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It’s been a tough month for a lot of people, and I’ve been thinking how wonderful it is to have really good books to sink into, especially the kind that offer hope and a guaranteed happy-ever-after. I know when I look at my many to-be-read and to-be-listened to queues, I find myself turning more and more to ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE FACTS OF LIFE by Jillian Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2013

"Here, 'just enough' is not enough in either form or content. (iPad informational app. 3-6)"
"Just enough" information about the titular facts is the stated goal for this well-intentioned offering from a Canadian psychologist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRTY BERTIE by David Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Young readers may respond with a polite 'eeewww' or two, but neither the staring eyes in the cartoon illustrations, nor the rigidly judgmental approach, is likely to spark much beyond that. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In what amounts to a No, David! knockoff, another child with a pop-eyed, oversized head earns repeated, large-type choruses of "No, Bertie! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RED by Lynn Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"No, this isn't likely to replace traditional versions—but it should nonetheless draw a chuckle or two. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
The Roberts' third style-conscious folktale remake transforms Little Red into a boy, places him in late 18th-century America and sends him through the woods to Grandma's with a jug of ginger ale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DARK INSIDE by Jeyn Roberts
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Well-balanced, realistic suspense. (Post-apocalyptic suspense. 12 & up)"
After an apocalypse of devastating earthquakes and murderous mobs, four teenagers struggle to survive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNNY SIDE UP by Marion Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Decorated throughout with antipodean vernacular, Roberts's glib, tangential, first-person narrative promises—and delivers—moments of charming girlhood transition and pathos. (Fiction. 9-14)"
An upside-down antic adventure set in Melbourne, Australia, presents 11-year-old only child Sunny Hathaway, a reluctant, good-natured keeper of family secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPELLFALL by Katherine Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The main characters (except for Hawk, who is entirely villainous) do show signs of complexity, but that adds only dashes of flavor to this bland fantasy. (Fiction. 11-13)"
More an idea person than a storyteller, Roberts fails to do justice to a promising premise and cast in this tale of magic and parallel worlds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUPPET PANDEMONIUM by Diane Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Gentle humor makes this an easy, comfortable read. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Fifth-grader Baker hates the idea of leaving his Seattle home and his comfortable backstage job with his grandmother's puppet show, but a good-bye gift of a ventriloquist's dummy helps him make a place for himself in his new small-town Texas school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CARROT FOR THE DONKEY by Les Roberts
Released: April 17, 1989

L.A. actor/sleuth Saxon's third venture (Not Enough Horses; An Infinite Number of Monkeys) finds him toughing it out south of the border—in search of movie-mogul Mark Evering's drugged-out daughter Merissa, who took off for there with a sleaze lawyer, 40-ish Martin Swanner, whose money comes from junk and defrauding illegal aliens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGIA, ARMENIA, AND AZERBAIJAN by Elizabeth Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

In the rush to assess and reinterpret the former USSR, Millbrook's six-title series by different authors is serviceable enough, though it has neither the lucid intelligence of Clark's single-volume coverage, The Commonwealth of Independent States (above) nor the detail of Lerner's as-yet incomplete series on individual states, edited by Mary M. Rodgers et al. Read full book review >