Search Results: "Rob Steen"


BOOK REVIEW

DON CARLOS by Thorvald Steen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 1998

"One hopes its sequel will arrive here soon."
justify yes* Don Carlos ($21.95; paper $12.95; Feb. 4, 1998; 1-55713-357-3; paper 1-55713-356-5): The eponymous ``Don Carlos'' is the young Charles Darwin, who is observed with a mixture of respect and bafflement by an Italian immigrant to Argentina, in this first of two sequential novels (its companion, Giovanni, is forthcoming) by an acclaimed Norwegian writer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN OF CLAY by Rina Swentzell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 1992

"Glossary; further reading. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A second excellent entry in the ``We Are Still Here'' series about contemporary Native Americans describes how four generations of an extended family work together to create the beautiful pottery for which New Mexico is famous. Read full book review >

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AW, NUTS! by Rob McClurkan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A thin rendering of an uninspired story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What self-respecting squirrel wouldn't take off in hot pursuit of the Platonic acorn? Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH WEASELS by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Standard-issue knockoff, with personal and racial issues presented in mildly provocative ways, some gross bits and a few amusingly tweaked folk-tale tropes. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-12)"
A Web cartoonist and graphic novelist (Monster on the Hill, 2013) climbs aboard the crowded Wimpy Kid bandwagon with this tale of a middle schooler who belongs to a despised minority: He's a troll. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

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THE INVINCIBLE KINGDOM by Rob Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Admire the pictures, skip the thoroughly overblown text. (Illustrated fiction. 11-13)"
A fugitive king finds his queen and his true calling in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >

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THE GRIZZLY BEAR WHO LOST HIS GRRRRR! by Rob Biddulph
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"This may not be GRRRRReat, but it's pretty darned good. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two bears vie for the title of Best Bear in the Wood in this picture book. Read full book review >