Search Results: "Ralph Calabria"


BOOK REVIEW

THE COSMIC RELIGION by Ralph Calabria
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"For readers seeking universal truths, this book is as good a place as any to start, though there's not much new here."
Calabria shows how a golden thread of social- and self-awareness underlies all major religions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BATMAN by Ralph Cosentino
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"To younger children, Batman will come across as sinister, but not uncomfortably so, and despite all the crimefighting depicted, the level of explicit violence is relatively low. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Joining the pre-release buzz for his latest film (scheduled for summer), Batman steps out of the shadows to introduce himself to less practiced readers who might be a little hazy on what he's all about. Read full book review >

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WONDER WOMAN by Ralph Cosentino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Still, she stands as proof that there's more to this superhero business than big muscles and testosterone-fueled aggression. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Cosentino's third introduction to a costumed superhero for newly independent readers (Superman, 2010, etc.) adequately covers the basics while resolutely placing its subject on the moral and ethical high ground. Read full book review >

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SUPERMAN by Ralph Cosentino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"While it's certainly never too soon to introduce children to the first and still greatest of the modern costumed crime-fighters, he, and they, deserve better than this knockoff. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Cribbing freely from the classic TV show and the 1978 movie as well as episodes from decades of comics, the Man of Steel tersely describes his origins and strongly declares his intention to "fight a never-ending battle for truth and justice." Read full book review >

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GARIBALDI’S BISCUITS by Ralph Steadman
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Likely a miss on this side, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Anglophones and -philes who have wondered about the origins of the Peek Freans Company's Bourbon and Garibaldi Biscuits will be entertained by Steadman's fanciful version of history and enlightened by the (somewhat) straighter dope in his afterword. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A tender tale of togetherness to shelve next to such similar but unlikely partnerships as Lawrence David's Pickle and Penguin (p. 1003). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Cosentino claims this pillow-meets-dog tale to be the result of "49% imagination, 48% inspiration, 3% perspiration," and those proportions look about right, as the childlike art is all simple, rounded forms and uniform color fields, but depicts an animistic world of stick-limbed figures that will leave young viewers chortling over its quirky turns. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF FUN-BOY by Ralph Cosentino
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A crowd-pleaser, imbued with Calvin & Hobbes-style humor. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Cosentino offers 12 nearly wordless mishaps, each told in four big sequential cartoon panels rendered in a retro graphic style on double pages. Read full book review >

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RALPH MASIELLO'S ROBOT DRAWING BOOK by Ralph Masiello
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Brainstorming—a book that ought to launch a thousand robots. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
Masiello elegantly and joyfully taps into a thankfully enduring artistic tradition: the step-by-step technique that walks readers by hand through the creation of an image on paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONE O’CLOCK CHOP by Ralph Fletcher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"However, Fletcher's insight into Matt and his boat dreams fly off the page with a solid resonance that will make this a quick, light, summer beach read. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Long-Islander Matt wants a used Boston Whaler and has his eye on one that will cost him around $900. Read full book review >

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UNCLE DADDY by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"In this age of step and other nontraditional family groupings, the story should reassure youngsters that it's okay to love two father figures at the same time. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Rivers was three, his father went out to get a pizza and never returned. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 17, 1990

As it must to all funny men, autobiography has come to Schoenstein. Read full book review >