Search Results: "Robert Kraus"


BOOK REVIEW

NEAR MYTHS by Robert Kraus
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1996

"The stories seem cobbled together from one-liners and throwaway jokes, and while the illustrations—wild cartoon skirmishes set in Olympus—are funny, they can't carry the book. (Picture book/folklore. 5+)"
Near Myths ($14.99; May 1996; 32 pp.; 0-670-85751-3): On the winged heels of Kraus's Strudwick (1995) comes a disappointing collection of parodies of Greek myths, full of graceless jokes and puns. Read full book review >

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MORT THE SPORT by Robert Kraus
Released: March 1, 2000

"Himmelman's illustrations are full of life and work well with Mort's dizzying predicament to yield a funny, approachable tale of self-discovery. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Even for an elephant, Mort has too much on his plate. Read full book review >

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STRUDWICK by Robert Kraus
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Each element invites readers to follow a different orbit—around the same center. (Picture book. 5+)"
Strudwick, a lamb who has been warned about wolves, dresses up in a wolf costume and, following somewhat in the path of Little Red Riding Hood, goes to visit his grandfather to see if he will be fooled by the disguise. Read full book review >

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ROBERT OLMSTEAD
by J.W. Bonner

At a time when our country’s past serves a daily story in the news, Robert Olmstead’s latest novel, Savage Country, takes readers back to the 19th-century frontier as well as returning readers to a more traditional type of yarn spinning: equal parts adventure tale, Biblical narrative, and Greek tragedy.

Savage Country depicts a world where justice is often ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE MONSTER VARIATIONS by Daniel Kraus
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Lacking cohesion, the action falls to shambles, leaving readers with a bundle of words, shadowy characters and played-out literary techniques. (Fiction. YA)"
The summer they turned 12, three boys lost parts of themselves: James lost his family and friends, Reggie lost his tough-guy facade and Willie lost his left arm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A reassuring guide to turning a magical hobby into a profitable business."
The hard part of magic—getting paid for it—is ably demystified in this straightforward debut primer. Read full book review >

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BORDER LINES by Caroline Kraus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"A vivid portrait of a complex relationship, as gripping, at times, as a good thriller."
Disturbing first-person account of one young woman's emotional captivity by another. Read full book review >

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OVER YOU by Emma McLaughlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"The whole chick-lit package, upscale. (Chick lit. 14 & up)"
Sophisticated chick-lit for the hip consumer of teen fashion magazines, this comedy-drama hits all the in-crowd buttons. Read full book review >

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THE REAL REAL by Emma McLaughlin
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"The authors' name recognition (The Nanny Diaries, 2002, etc.) should guarantee some sales. (Fiction. YA)"
Jesse is convinced her senior year will be nothing short of pathetically normal until she's picked to be one of the six stars of The Real Hampton Beach, a reality show filming in her town. Read full book review >

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CITIZEN GIRL by Emma McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Many, many funny lines, somewhat incoherent plot. But Girl's job-hunting woes will resonate with lots of readers."
A feminist fable (with a heroine named Girl) from The Nanny Diaries (2002) team. Read full book review >

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AN ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST by Walter Roth
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The authors have skillfully removed the dust from an obscure but troubling episode."
A sober analysis of the case, now little more than a historical footnote, that came to be known as the Averbuch Affair. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST AFFAIR by Emma McLaughlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A dishy, sometimes somber, scandalous tale of what happens when you fall in love with the president of the United States."
The authors of The Nanny Diaries have written a transparent account of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal through the perspective of the female protagonist. Read full book review >