Search Results: "Rob J. Hayes"


BOOK REVIEW

The Heresy Within by Rob J. Hayes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2013

"A complex, satisfying fantasy novel from an author who may command a large genre following very soon."
In the first installment of Hayes' trilogy, Renaissance-style sovereign city-states vie for power and supremacy. Read full book review >

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A JOURNEY THROUGH AMERICAN LITERATURE by Kevin J. Hayes
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"For readers craving a one-night stand with American letters, this is satisfying; for a more enduring relationship, look elsewhere."
American literature in fewer than 200 pages? Fasten your seatbelts. Read full book review >

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GEORGE WASHINGTON by Kevin J. Hayes
Released: May 1, 2017

"More effective as a portrait of the interests of the Colonial planter class than of Washington personally."
A new biography of our first president as viewed through the contents of his library. Read full book review >

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AN AMERICAN CYCLING ODYSSEY, 1887 by Kevin J. Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"It made the record books, but Nellis's journey was also companionable and allowed him to tarry, and so was twice blessed."
An enjoyable retelling of George Nellis's transcontinental bicycle journey in the late-19th century, smartly plaited with excerpts from his letters home and articles written for a cycling magazine. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE KISSLETOE by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Shepperson's quirky illustrations in watercolor and ink complement each poem with a variety of illustration sizes, and he includes children of different ethnic groups as well as a female elf in a key role (in the titular poem) and in the cover illustration. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Sixteen rhyming poems of widely varying subjects all have some sort of connection to the Christmas season in this latest thematic collection from the prolific poet. Read full book review >

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PATRICK AT THE CIRCUS by Geoffrey Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Numerous vignettes per page, word balloons as well as text, rapid-fire shifts in mood and tone, and an uncomfortable combination of Katzenjammer brusqueness with treacly settings give this title a bad case of multiple and conflicting personalities. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This overly busy title featuring the return of Patrick Brown, the fuzzy little bear, and his family, suffers from a lack of focus as it crams too many subplots into a rather insipid story about going to the circus. Read full book review >

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A POOR EXCUSE FOR A DRAGON by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Freed captives become new friends, teaching this fellow that there are many different kinds of dragons. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Fred learns how to be true to himself and still be a dragon. Read full book review >

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LUCY ANNA AND THE FINDERS by Sarah Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A pleasant story, a feisty heroine, and a good read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lucy Anna fills her backpack with an apple, nine pine cones, a few whirligigs, and some nuts and ventures out into the forest to retrieve her stolen little red horse. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN LOST AND FOUND by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"These sweet sibs show no signs of growing old—thank goodness. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
Gently bickering mouse siblings Benny and Penny have another backyard adventure, this time when they search for Benny's lost pirate hat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"The book, a revision of A Night-Light for Bunny (2004), is only partly successful in execution. Children who want soothing at bedtime may do better with House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes (2008), or the classic Goodnight Moon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Bunny announces that he cannot sleep because "[t]here's too much dark at night," he and Papa go off on the subtitle's promised "Glow-in-the-Dark Search" for the perfect night-light. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2008

"Emergent readers should have no trouble following along—or (except perhaps for only children) identifying with the situation. (Easy reader. 5-6)"
In this graphic mini-novel, a mouse in pirate dress fends off the overtures of his persistent little sister (garbed as a princess), then turns out to be more of a wuss than she is when it comes to bugs. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN THE BIG NO-NO! by Geoffrey Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: May 5, 2009

"Benny and Penny make agreeable protagonists, all sibling-squabbling when they're on their own but uniting against the depredations of the 'monster' and doing the right thing when it's called for. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
When fractious mouse siblings Benny and Penny observe that a new neighbor has moved in next door, curiosity leads them into a big no-no: climbing the fence to see if perhaps the newcomer may have stolen Benny's missing pail. Read full book review >