Search Results: "Judith L. Roth"


BOOK REVIEW

SERENDIPITY & ME by Judith L.  Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"Ultimately the predictable story arc and limited character development prevent this novel in verse from channeling the charm of the eponymous fluffy kitten that appears on the cover. (Verse/fiction. 9-12)"
Overly deliberate plotting and uneven writing weigh down Roth's debut. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT, DRAGONS by Judith Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"One could, perhaps, see the dragons as personified fears or bullies or other childhood terrors, conquered by the brave wielding of chocolate, but one could also see a slightly unfocused and underimagined bedtime story. You make the call. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A small boy states that he is "called to tame dragons" and proceeds to do so in a question-begging flight of fancy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"It's a heart-filling (not to mention eye-filling) episode that will leave few readers unmoved—and the art is astonishing. (Picture book. 9-11)"
When Little Boy James falls off the barn roof one Sunday morning and won't wake up, Grandpa makes a rare trip up the hill to church—but he doesn't pray the way his tagalong granddaughter expects him to. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CREAK, THUMP, BONK! by Susan L. Roth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The story around which Roth (Buddha, 1994, etc.) has organized all this (the baby has escaped the crib and is tearing up the place) is hard to discern from the clutter surrounding it, but the clutter itself, with letters and figures leaping over the pages, is very atmospheric. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Three children and a dog tiptoe around in the dark, crawling, bumping into one another, shining flashlights, and finding ways to be startled and scared. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. KANG by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"For its art, for its celebration of a venerable grandfather, and for a special look at a unique custom, this is a story to be treasured. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Roth (My Love for You, 1996, etc.) honors the memory of her Chinese uncle through her story, which is partially based on her uncle's immigrant experiences and his talents as a poet and calligrapher. Mr. Kang celebrates his 70th birthday by announcing he will retire after 50 years as a cook in a Chinese restaurant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREAT BIG GUINEA PIGS by Susan L. Roth
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Choice of the familiar household pet to teach a little science, the delightful art and the not-so-unusual bedtime stall, make this enormously attractive to young readers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Once, about eight million years ago, giant predecessors of guinea pigs roamed the land. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANUKKAH, OH HANUKKAH by Susan L. Roth
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"While other related information such as why the menorah is lit is not included, this will serve as a fun, simple artistic introduction to the holiday for the youngest child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Bright collage art using a wealth of textured, patterned papers and lace bring this traditional holiday song to life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LOVE FOR YOU by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The book adds up to a simple statement about an inexplicable emotion, but it has a gift-book prettiness rather than the resonance of a story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
My Love For You ($12.99; PLB $12.89; Feb. 1997; 32 pp.; 0- 8037-2031-9; PLB 0-8037-2032-7): Roth (Brave Martha and the Dragons, p. 829, etc.) creates charming collages that quietly- -then thunderously—spell out the size, strength, durability, and expanse of the love one mouse has for another. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LOVE FOR YOU ALL YEAR ROUND by Susan L. Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"The comforting text, combined with the stunning collages, provides a compelling exploration of the year and its seasons for young readers. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Roth revisits the theme of My Love for You (1997), this time giving it a seasonal ambiance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARCO POLO: His Notebook by Susan L. Roth
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

An attractive-looking book embellished not only with Roth's collages of what looks like ancient parchment and maps but also with excellent reproductions of old prints and other artifacts that contribute to both the informational content and the handsome format. Read full book review >