Search Results: "Robert Rankin"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TOYMINATOR by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"Inspired lunacy that will be relished by anyone with a taste for humor in the bawdy, irreverent, smart-alecky, wisecracking British style."
A gleefully mad collision between self-referential movie script and gumshoe noir/alien-abduction parody that mostly defies synopsis. Read full book review >

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NECROPHENIA by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2008

"The publisher describes Rankin as a 'beloved British Eccentric.' Wrong. He's a total wack job. But if you can understand him, you'll find, oddly enough, that the more you think about it, the funnier it gets."
Once again, Mankind faces doom in another indescribable Elvis-filled gumshoe fantasy grab-bag, Rankin's 30th outing (The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WITCHES OF CHISWICK by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2004

"Attention-deficit SF humor: like Douglas Adams on a sugar high."
Will Starling saves the world from itself, if he can survive all the puns. Read full book review >

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THE BRIGHTONOMICON by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"A decent introduction to an author who never saw a pun he didn't like, and a definite improvement over The Witches of Chiswick (2004)."
Rankin, a bestseller in England, returns to lunacy with the eighth in his ever-growing Brentford "trilogy." Read full book review >

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THE DA-DA-DE-DA-DA CODE by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Downright obnoxious once or twice, amusing about as often, but nearly always clever and witty: Well worth a try, though Rankin's in no danger of knocking fantasy-comedy maestro Terry Pratchett off his perch anytime soon."
Transcendent parody from Rankin (The Toyminator, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >

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THE HANDMADE ALPHABET by Laura Rankin
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"An excellent introduction. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 2+)"
Exquisitely detailed, realistically portrayed hands of different ages, sexes, and colors demonstrate the positions for the manual alphabet used in American Sign; an object with the appropriate initial appears with each—the pointing finger for ``I'' reaches toward a dripping icicle; ``T'' sports three thimbles and a fistful of thread; ``X'' appears on an X-ray. Read full book review >

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RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) VERY BUSY DAY by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2014

"Readers of all ages will easily identify with Ruthie's trying day. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A child's big plans for a perfect Saturday are altered by a combination of unforeseeable occurrences. Read full book review >

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FLUFFY AND BARON by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"An author's note on the final page offers useful information on both domestic and wild ducks, including migration and the life cycle. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rankin draws on her own childhood memories in this satisfying story of an unusual friendship between a German shepherd and a domestic duck. Read full book review >

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FIRST DAY by Joan Rankin
by Joan Rankin, illustrated by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception. Read full book review >

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SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. Read full book review >

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RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) TEENY TINY LIE by Laura Rankin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Direct poignancy will spark musing and discussion in every early childhood classroom. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ruthie loves her miniature assortment of dinosaurs, trains, ponies, teddy bears, seashells and a dollhouse-size tea set. Read full book review >