Search Results: "Russell Hoban"


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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 DANCING TIGERS by Russell Hoban
Released: Feb. 15, 1981

"The full-color pictures are naturalistic, quite accomplished, very dramatic; the story is arch-to-arcane, adult, and not especially impressive at that."
An out-of-the-way allegory—very out of the way—about a Rajah who goes out hunting tigers with "a telephone and a bar and a new stereo tape cassette player" in his howdah; the "very primitive" tigers who have a repertoire of intricate, meaningful dances; the Rajah's advent, now, playing "light classics"; and the elder tiger's decision that "this is. . . simply too much" ("My whole world picture has suddenly changed")—the tigers will "dance [the Rajah] to death"! Read full book review >

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MONSTERS by Russell Hoban
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Monsters are a popular topic; kids should be amused by John's determination to follow his to their own startling, but thoroughly individual, resolution."
John likes to draw violent monsters—rendered by Blake in an inspired imitation of a youthful style. Read full book review >

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Released: April 29, 1968

"Another surprise from the author of The Mouse and His Child."
For children, for adults, for smiling over silently, for reading aloud, for reciting on a program, even—an eminently likeable collection, concrete, supple, allusive but not abstruse. Read full book review >

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TURTLE DIARY by Russell Hoban
Released: Feb. 26, 1975

"Immensely entertaining."
"Funny," says George Fairbairn, keeper of the giant turtles in a London aquarium, to William G., "you're the second this week that's asked me about turtle transport." Read full book review >

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HARVEY'S HIDEOUT by Russell Hoban
Released: April 15, 1969

"Lots of them will find Harvey's Hideout."
Harvey Muskrat and feuding sister Mildred have more than a furface resemblance to Frances badgered by little sister Gloria. Read full book review >

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LONDON MEN AND ENGLISH MEN by Russell Hoban
Released: Sept. 12, 1962

"The first book, more consistent in perspective, is still the winner- though Hoban fans will find this irresistible too."
Another secretive romp with the Hoban "children" (The Song in My Drum -p. 55 J 21), this time to London "forty miles or far away" during the wee hours of the morning. Read full book review >

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HER NAME WAS LOLA by Russell Hoban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Sophisticated pleasures and a grown-up love story from the estimable Hoban."
A quick, droll, pleasantly amusing love story set in London around about now. Read full book review >

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KLEINZEIT by Russell Hoban
Released: Sept. 10, 1974

"Hard to tell."
A light little novel in the '60's boom style that established paranoid schizophrenia as the writer's Disneyland and a pleasantly sharable social ground. Read full book review >

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SAVE MY PLACE by Russell Hoban
Released: June 26, 1967

"Closing on Saturday night."
One by one the animals—Rabbit, Mouse, Possum, Chipmunk, etc.—reserve a seat at the edge of the pond for the evening performance—firefly fireworks and a concert featuring "all the frogs and toads in the pond and all the crickets and katydids and peepers on the shore." Read full book review >

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DINNER AT ALBERTA'S by Russell Hoban
Released: Aug. 15, 1975

"Sly and scampish."
Here's an author/illustrator match that might have been made in heaven. Read full book review >

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UGLY BIRD by Russell Hoban
Released: Aug. 18, 1969

Any youngster who's ever nurtured a secret invulnerable self will take wing with Ugly Bird. Read full book review >