Search Results: "Jon Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A savage, unrelenting tale."
A spellbinding narrative of drugs, death and debauchery as told by one of America's most notorious criminals. 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 >

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

NOTHING by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Next to the rich feeling and insight in Patrick McDonnell's Gift of Nothing (2005), Agee's take on the core idea is superficial, but his solid fan base will welcome this new outing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a barbed commentary on fashion cycles, Agee creates a spare tale that begins and ends in a storekeeper's emptied antiques shop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. PUTNEY'S QUACKING DOG by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Sure to appeal to a wide range of ages—a real end-of-summer treat. (Nonfiction. 6 & up)"
Continuing the master wordplay displayed in his previous titles about anagrams, oxymorons, palindromes and spoonerisms (Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue, 2009, etc.), Agee introduces Mr. Putney and invites readers to guess the names of his odd menagerie of animal friends in a series of 20 sly riddles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TERRIFIC by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Fans of James Stevenson's tales of the 'Worst Person in the World' will find a kindred sort here and are sure to add the adjective to their vocabularies. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Plainly channeling Jack Benny, middle-aged Eugene responds glumly to various reversals of fortune—after winning a cruise to Bermuda: "Terrific. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILO’S HAT TRICK by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The pacing and delivery are stage-worthy, as is Agee's vastly expressive artwork, which is chockful of visual humor. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Agee displays his masterful drollery to particularly good effect in this tale of a semiskilled magician in need of a good trick. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WE FOUND A HAT by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Beguiling. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rounding out what is now being called the Hat Trilogy, Klassen presents the story of two tortoises that find a hat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SKIRT by Jon-Jon Goulian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"The musings of one hot mess."
A fretful, cross-dressing underachiever recaps a lifetime of eccentricities. 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 >