Search Results: "John A. Rowe"


BOOK REVIEW

I WANT A HUG by John A. Rowe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The absence of a Mama Hedgehog may ruffle more convention-minded children (and adults), but the message that differences should be embraced—literally, in this case—is always worth an iteration. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Between endpapers filled with couples kissing and embracing among floating hearts, Rowe places a cozy tale of a baby hedgehog in need of a touch of intimacy. Read full book review >

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PETER PIGLET by John A. Rowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

"The attention he pays to their expressions is highly entertaining. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Peter Piglet's life changes irrevocably when he chances upon a pair of golden shoes secreted under a pile of sticks, acorns, and blackbird feathers. Read full book review >

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SMUDGE by John A. Rowe
by John A. Rowe, illustrated by John A. Rowe
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

Rowe (The Gingerbread Man, 1996, etc.) presents another delightfully eccentric character from his bestiary: an old storytelling rat named Smudge, who recalls his childhood abduction by a bird. Read full book review >

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SMILE by John A. Rowe
by John A. Rowe, illustrated by John A. Rowe
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"In the end, however, while the story may elicit some smiles among readers, with so little actual plot, this is a bland and predictable effort. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grumpy Land isn't a fun place to be. Read full book review >

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BABY CROW by John A. Rowe
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"An unusually dark picture book that is probably too subtle for its intended audience. (Fiction/Picture book. 5- 8)"
Both Rowe's (Jack the Dog, not reviewed) story and his illustrations are strangely brooding. Read full book review >

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THE GINGERBREAD MAN by John A. Rowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"As for the cookie, he's a faceless little cutout who could be genetically related to Gumby, a ridiculous windbag richly deserving of his fate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
``Ha ha ha, hee hee hee, I'm the Gingerbread Man and you can't catch me!'' taunts the fleet-footed cookie. Read full book review >

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THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD by Rudyard Kipling
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

"They are more likely to appeal to adults than the picture book crowd; as usual, the text is required reading for everybody. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
One of Kipling's best beloved from his Just So Stories (various editions), which explains how the elephant got his trunk, with somewhat enigmatic acrylic illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE BEGINNING OF THE ARMADILLOS by Rudyard Kipling
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A terrific, sophisticated introduction to Kipling. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
Invite readers again to visit the High and Far-Off Times in this piece culled from the Just So Stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN MUIR WRESTLES A WATERFALL by Julie Danneberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome addition to the modern collection of John Muir's adventures. (Internet resources, bibliography, citations) (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A noted naturalist nearly loses his life exploring a waterfall. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2008

"Scholars will deplore the dearth of documentation, but general readers will delight in this tale of a randy rapscallion who found time between dalliances to create some enduringly popular works of fiction and drama."
An authorized biography of the peripatetic, priapic and enormously prolific octogenarian who still rises at dawn to the pages of blank foolscap he fills with astonishing speed and craft. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Civil War buffs and fans of the series will find a solid summary of a key battle. (Fiction. 9-14)"
"On to Richmond!" was the Yanks' cry in 1862, but Fredericksburg stood in the way. Read full book review >