Search Results: "Rob Scotton"


BOOK REVIEW

SPLAT THE CAT by Rob Scotton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Given Splat's popularity and the potential of a haunted house, this lackluster effort is a real disappointment. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Only the most avid fans of Splat the Cat will cheer for this lift-the-flap Halloween story. Read full book review >

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RUSSELL AND THE LOST TREASURE by Rob Scotton
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Place this take on the value of family pictures alongside the similarly themed likes of Amy Hest's Guess Who, Baby Duck (2004) and Deborah Blumenthal's Aunt Claire's Yellow Beehive Hair, illus by Mary GrandPré (2001). (Picture book. 6-8)"
The woolly with the big personality and the extremely long nightcap (Russell the Sheep, 2005) finds a buried chest filled with—well, not the "treasure" he's expecting. Read full book review >

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SPLAT THE CAT by Rob Scotton
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Sure to stir things up at storytime. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Splat is terrified of his first day at Cat School and "his tail wiggle[s] wildly with worry." Read full book review >

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RUSSELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Rob Scotton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Kids will like the shiny, red roadster-sleigh, which has much more style than the standard model. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In the third story in a series about Russell the sheep, he comes to Santa's aid and saves Christmas through his inventiveness and hard work. Read full book review >

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RUSSELL THE SHEEP by Rob Scotton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Quite a contrast to the usual run of ovine-driven snoozers, like Phyllis Root's Ten Sleepy Sheep, illustrated by Susan Gaber (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Scotton makes a stylish debut with this tale of a sleepless sheep—depicted as a blocky, pop-eyed, very soft-looking woolly with a skinny striped nightcap of unusual length—trying everything, from stripping down to his spotted shorts to counting all six hundred million billion and ten stars, twice, in an effort to doze off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLOWN AWAY by Rob Biddulph
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A master-class of picture-book writing and illustrating. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A rhyming picture book about the perils and joys of travel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMAGINE A WORLD by Rob Gonsalves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"It may be interchangeable with its three predecessors, but it still provides peaceful, gently unsettling visions for young dreamers. (Picture book. 7-9) "
Imagine a new gallery of technically adroit paintings featuring M.C. Escher-like shifts in images and perspective: Gonsalves' fourth, and first solo, pictorial outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER ON THE HILL by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Just plain monstrous fun. (Graphic fantasy. 9-12)"
In an alternative 19th-century England, monsters both thrill and protect their towns. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH by Christopher Scotton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A powerful epic of people and place, loss and love, reconciliation and redemption."
Debut author Scotton sets a captivating modern morality tale in Kentucky's coal country, 1985. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST NUMBERS by Rob Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Designed to prompt discussion, these poorly designed titles will only perplex. (Board book. 2-4)"
This busy board book mixes large numerals, photographs and counting questions to dubious effect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INVISIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"Dim and dismal. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13, adult)"
Cut-paper silhouettes illustrate this large-format tale of a young prince's efforts to break the chains of loneliness and isolation imposed on him by his high station. Read full book review >