Search Results: "Ralph Masiello"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTIC PHYLES by Stephanie Brockway
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Thin soup next to Monsterology (2008) and like bestiaries, but a draw for fans of coated paper and stamped covers. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Sketchy infodumps and plotting leave fancy packaging to carry the load in this elaborately decorated journal. 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 SKULL ALPHABET BOOK by Jerry Pallotta
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Touches of offbeat humor are found throughout, showing that for those who use their heads, science can be both educational and fun. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Pallotta continues his series of scientifically oriented alphabets (The Jet Alphabet Book, 1999, etc.), with this skillfully illustrated volume focused on mammal skulls as the underlying structure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FLAG WE LOVE by Pam Muñoz Ryan
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Parallel texts (celebratory verse above, boxed historical information below) and burnished oil paintings combine in this paean to the American flag. 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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LITTLE.COM by Ralph Steadman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2016

"The artist's fans might key in, but most young readers will be left in the dark. (Picture book. 7-9)"
When your computer powers down, the little "dot" is off-duty. You don't think it just sits there, do you? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"Anyone else will be overwhelmed and confused. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In this pep talk for aspiring poets, Fletcher (Have You Been to the Beach Lately, 2001, etc.) speaks directly to his readers in a chatty, non-threatening manner, as if he were a guest lecturer in their classrooms or homes and he reminds his audience that poetry must be an honest expression of the heart and soul. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"Children will enjoy reading or listening to these linked episodes of high drama, low comedy, and comforting human contact. (Poetry. 8-10)"
PLB 0-531-33141-5 In what amounts to a novel in poems, a narrator, 11, declares his satisfaction at "Being The Youngest," introduces his big brother ("God's Gift to Girls"), who later has a scary brush with death, watches his grandmother plant tulip bulbs "in that dirty confusion/of bulb and knuckle,/knuckle and bulb," observes several relatives at a huge family reunion, tracks his mother's pregnancy, and, after his sister is born, finds pleasure in "Being A Middle Child," too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BODY AND SOIL by Ralph McInerny
Released: May 30, 1989

In this second novel featuring Indiana lawyer Andrew Broom and his nephew-partner Gerald Rowan (Cause and Effect), the author attempts a very different atmosphere from his cozy, well-established Father Dowling series. Read full book review >