Search Results: "Ross Simonini"


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THE BOOK OF FORMATION by Ross Simonini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A debut reminiscent of modern art—often unsettling, not always easy or beautiful, but rewarding to the reader willing to grapple with its questions."
A singular novel told largely through interviews between an introspective journalist and the leaders of a New Age therapy said to transfigure its subjects' personalities. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2013

"A motley assortment of writers eloquently demonstrate that there is no single 'writing process'; there are myriad."
Editors at Believer magazine present an eclectic series of interviews. Read full book review >

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THE ELEPHANTOM by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)"
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. Read full book review >

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BLUE JAY GIRL by Sylvia Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"An appealing window into a long-ago world. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Because her friends' parents think her dangerous, nine-year-old Blue Jay Girl tries to change her nature to that of a careful quail, but the tribal healer and her husband help her adopt careful ways without sacrificing her boldness. Read full book review >

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THREE LITTLE KITTENS AND OTHER FAVORITE NURSERY RHYMES by Tony  Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Although readers are almost certain to find one or two rhymes previously unfamiliar to them, overall it's an ordinary outing, unlikely to displace the collections illustrated by Richard Scarry or Rosemary Wells, or to make much of an impression on the diapered set. (Nursery rhymes. 2-4)"
The first U.S. edition of a large-type, large-format gathering of standard Mother Goose rhymes—plus the occasional interloper, such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." Read full book review >

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I WANT MY LIGHT ON! by Tony  Ross
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The pictures are clear, bold and exaggerated to great humorous effect. (Picture book. 4-6)"
This long-running British series (the first Little Princess book was published in 1986) has been adapted for television there. Read full book review >

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ALVIE EATS SOUP by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"As the back cover says: 'Contains nutcases suitable for vegetarians'—and a surefire recipe for chuckles. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In stylish, quip-laden scenes, Collins (Fairy Nuff, p. 801, etc.) presents a picky eater extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Tony  Ross
translated by Tony Ross, illustrated by Tony Ross
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"As a lighthearted modern take, though, James Marshall's delightful version (1988) is to be preferred; still, this is also acceptable, where funds permit. (Folklore/Picture Book. 4-8)"
In the manner of a parent trying to make a familiar old story more immediate, a colloquial update featuring white bears who ``had lots to eat and a color television set'' and a moptop Goldilocks in jeans. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Silly, laugh-out-loud fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A bear has settled himself in a mouse's chair, and nothing will move him. Read full book review >

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RITA’S RHINO by Tony Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Children's bookshelves can always use another picture book that combines a clever, well-meaning child with an animal hero and hilarious artwork. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Both Rita and her new pet rhinoceros—an escapee from the local zoo—learn that it's not so easy for a rhino to be a city girl's pet. Read full book review >

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WATER BABY by Ross Campbell
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: June 24, 2008

"Trying to be edgy with its no-holds-barred dialogue, this latest offering in the Minx line misses the mark and comes off as crude and at times, offensive. (Graphic novel. YA)"
Writer and artist Campbell introduces Brody, a rude surfer chick with a bad attitude who lives and plays by her own rules. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER PERFECT DAY by Ross MacDonald
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, children will roar at the droll swerves that fill this broad, hilarious episode. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Putting an even dizzier spin on familiar daily routines than Rod Clement did in his classic Just Another Ordinary Day (1997), New Yorker cartoonist MacDonald follows a mighty-thewed gent who energetically rises in the morning, shoots himself out of a circus cannon into a business suit, dives off a high platform into a tub of cereal, then roars off in a racing plane to his job as an ice cream taster. Read full book review >