Search Results: "Russell Hoban"


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LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >

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ANGELICA’S GROTTO by Russell Hoban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Superb fiction, and a powerful argument for making the complete oeuvre of this remarkable expatriate available in this country."
An elderly art historian's improbable sexual adventures elucidate the perils and pleasures of "madness," in a brilliantly funny novel from the fantasist (and author of children's books) who has produced such memorable fictions as Riddley Walker (1980) and Turtle Diary (1975). Read full book review >

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THE MEDUSA FREQUENCY by Russell Hoban
Released: Oct. 23, 1987

"But, to a greater extent than in previous Hoban obstacle courses, here the imagery and illumination finally don't seem quite worth the effort."
Spinning off from the Orpheus myth, Hoban (Pilgermann, 1983; Riddley Walker, 1982; Turtle Diary, 1976) offers a weird modern fable of a London writer's struggles with the quest for inspiration and for a constant, faithful, Eurydice. style love. Read full book review >

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LA CORONA AND THE TIN FROG by Russell Hoban
Released: Feb. 15, 1981

"More appropriately presented, the quartet might bc worthwhile for children who take to this very particular kind of English magic As it is, though, the book is unlikely to find its few rightful readers."
The title story, plus two that are also about the transmutation of toys, plus a fourth that ties the other three together—presented, however, in a picture-book format (with full-color pictures) that makes the book look too young for the out-of-the-way, and somewhat subtle, stories. Read full book review >

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TWENTY ELEPHANT RESTAURANT by Russell Hoban
Released: March 10, 1978

"McCully, alas, never seems to catch on; but that won't matter when you read the story aloud—if you can, without breaking up."
This seductive exercise in runaway absurdity starts out with a wobbly table that is wearing the man out: when he bought it 50 years ago he was young and handsome, and now he's old and ugly. Read full book review >

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THE SONG IN MY DRUM by Russell Hoban
Released: Feb. 14, 1962

"No, this is strictly for kids both the toddler and overgrown varieties who, like the Hobans, can really get with it."
With a few tiny pictures and an equally sparse text, the Hobans have once again demonstrated their startling ability to penetrate the secret world of children and to reflect it in perfect likeness. Read full book review >

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HERMAN THE LOSER by Russell Hoban
Released: Sept. 13, 1961

"Other little losers will identify with Herman's troubles though they may find their attention wandering on the long hike toward the missing watch."
Herman loses everything, boots, sweaters, mittens, toys, even the watch father gave him. Read full book review >

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EGG THOUGHTS, AND OTHER FRANCES SONGS by Lillian Hoban
Released: April 1, 1972

"Frances' songs will make new friends for the little badger, and keep some old ones who are outgrowing the picture books."
Besides the favorite "Soft-Boiled" from Bread and Jam for Frances (1964), 21 new poems with the same fresh but familiar appeal of the Frances stories. Read full book review >

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BREAD AND JAM FOR FRANCES by Lillian Hoban
Released: Sept. 9, 1964

"The Hobans have done it again: a sly text attacking a real juvenile problem and attractive illustrations."
Frances the badger always faces life with an original song on her lips. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 5, 1968

"It's a questionable parallel of the original with some undeniably touching images—Sister Brute fondling Alice Brute Stone; the buck-toothed yellow dog, really a rejected toy, claiming her affection because she pays attention to him; and Mama Brute seeing her own face in the stone."
At the end of The Little Brute Family, the Brutes change their name—and nature—to Nice; bringing 'em back bad poses problems that don't apply to most repeats. . . Read full book review >

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THE SORELY TRYING DAY by Lillian Hoban
Released: April 8, 1964

"The tale is slight, but Mr. Hoban's clever use of words coupled with Mrs. Hoban's pencil drawings of the stubby Victorian looking family forms a highly amusing book which will also appeal to adults."
The comical kids, typified in other Hoban books (e.g. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"In Russell's paradox of a life, Monk uncompromisingly, enlighteningly reveals a complex mixture of caddishly cold behavior, profound intellectual passion, and a fierce social conscience. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first volume of Monk's biography cohesively, skeptically analyzes the aristocratic philosopher's mathematically logical intellect, Victorian purposefulness, and Edwardian mores. Read full book review >