Search Results: "Ralph Cosentino"


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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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 >

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 2, 2001

"Gracelessly written, but indispensable to students of Ellison, Oklahoma City in the 1920s, or Harlem in the '40s."
Painstaking biography covering the first half of the noted African-American writer's life, through his acceptance of the National Book Award in 1953. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUMPHREY & RALPH by Katharine Andres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Amusing and well told. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A funny, beautifully written book by the award-winning author of Fish Story (1993). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RALPH NADER by Teresa Celsi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Well-chosen b&w photos; notes; bibliography on consumer issues; index. (Biography. 12-18)"
Our best-known consumer advocate gets his full due in a well-written biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PANICKING RALPH by Bill James
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Like most James novels (Kill Me, 1999, etc.), a moral dust-up, with bad men landing on their feet, good ones sliding into crime, and young girls like Harpur's teenaged lover Denise acting as the fulcrum."
When drug kingpin Oliphant Kenward Knapp is murdered, his rivals briefly lie dormant, then start circling, usurping his turf, his couriers, his suppliers. Read full book review >

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ROTTEN RALPH by Jack Gantos
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 19, 1980

"Rudel has a grand time with Ralph's wicked antics—picture a lusher, more emotive Byron Barton—and her hyper-naive playfulness is cathartic and just what a devil like Ralph has coming to him."
Rotten Ralph is a mean-eyed, saw-toothed, bright red cat, so bad he makes Awful Alexander (see above) look like a goody-goody. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY RALPH by Louis Darling
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1970

"Happily, Ralph will be tearing along in his ping-pong ball crash helmet for a long time, on the elusive trail of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and boys who go Pb-pb-b-b-b."
The return of The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a departure—from the wide-open corridors of Mountain View Inn to a cage that's also a vantage point in a typical summer camp; but tipping the balance from fantasy to personality doesn't throw freedom rider Ralph. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RALPH ELLISON by Arnold Rampersad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2007

"A revealing exploration of Ellison's life and work."
A superb biography of the noted African-American writer and the tormented times in which he lived. Read full book review >