Search Results: "Robert Quackenbush"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WIZARD ISLANDS by Robert Quackenbush
Released: Nov. 21, 1973

"Just as puzzling is the choice of illustrator for a book that depends on a mysterious, evocative mood — but as the pictures are savingly in black, gray and white, a suitably fog-shrouded impression is maintained throughout."
The subject of islands lends itself easily to a romantic-enigmatic treatment, and Jane Yolen has put together a generally satisfying collection of both obvious and out-of-the-way teasers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST GRADE JITTERS by Robert Quackenbush
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"Nascimbene places Tintin-esque characters against gorgeous, Japanese print-inspired backgrounds in a muted palette, the delicate lines and flat perspectives providing a soothing environment to calm jitters of all kinds. (Picture book. 5-7)"
"School doesn't worry me," confides this little boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: March 17, 1980

"Quackenbush writes some extra jokes into the pictures, but overall his illustrations are so loud that they drown out the words—a fate that the first story deserves and the second is too weak to overcome."
Two very short, very broad spoofs in picture-book format. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"One romping celebration of boyhood to read again and again. (Picture book. 3-8)"
"What are little boys made of?" In Neubecker's hands, the answer is a whole lot of fun! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOW!  OCEAN! by Robert Neubecker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2011

"This ideal post-aquarium-visit souvenir has similar child appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The excitement of the ocean world from the beach to the deep and all between is conveyed by the jam-packed illustrations in this celebration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOW! SCHOOL! by Robert Neubecker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"As a celebration of that nearly universal experience, the first day of school, it is nothing other than perfect. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Having conquered New York City and the rest of the United States (Wow! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UH-OH, LEONARDO! by Robert Sabuda
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The mix of fact and fiction is less smooth, but in pace and general tone this resembles the Time Warp Trio series and readers with a yen to tinker will find kindred spirits in both Providence and the insatiably curious polymath after whom she's modeled herself. (afterword) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Sabuda (The Night Before Christmas, not reviewed, etc.) takes an uncharacteristic direction with this freewheeling tale of a young inventor cast back to the time of her hero, Leonardo Da Vinci. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GORDIMER BYRD’S REMINDER by Robert Weinstock
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A quiet treasure for a quiet reader. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Delicate, pale pictures and finely crafted language show an offbeat life tinged with sadness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOW! AMERICA! by Robert Neubecker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Midwest—but the steady, vibrant intensity of his national portrait (the children even get to Hawaii) will carry readers irresistibly along. (endpaper maps) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The creator of Wow! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VOYAGE OF THE POPPYKETTLE by Robert Ingpen
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Steer readers eager for further adventures of these wee folk to Michael Lawrence's Poppykettle Papers (2001). (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this awkwardly cut but adventurous adaptation, seven (or maybe five, or some other number, depending on the illustration) insect-sized Hairy Peruvians set sail across the Pacific in a modified Incan teapot, surviving storms, a close encounter with comparatively monstrous Galapagos iguanas and other hazards along the way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

Paired with stylized, full-bleed views of strong-featured figures in classical Greek dress, and generally posed in profile, Byrd retells a melded tale that includes not only Theseus's birth, early feats and battle with the Minotaur, but also the imprisonment and flight of Daedalus and Icarus. Read full book review >