Search Results: "Russell Hoban"


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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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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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Released: April 2, 1973

"Mary Chalmers' lovely spring lady, a pointillist vision in green and gold against a frozen wintery backdrop, is true to the tone of the story — but we expect more than shimmery loveliness from Hoban."
The rabbits in Birch Hollow have their own myth about the coming of spring and their own ritual for celebrating and facilitating its arrival. 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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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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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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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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Released: Oct. 1, 1971

"Wherever your home, it's a real down-home Christmas story."
With characteristically uncloying gentleness and a conscious use of familiar devices that is neither burlesque nor banality, the Hobans depict an affectionate otter family (just Emmet and his widowed mother) in a softly glowing old-fashioned setting. Read full book review >

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GOOD-NIGHT by Russell Hoban
Released: Feb. 25, 1966

"Not as good a choice as Kaufman's What's That Noise?"
A rather obvious curative effort about night fears in a chant that first has all familiar objects turning into something fearsome... Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 5, 1959

"A strong book on a subject of optimal interest."
Power machines—the bulldozer, dump truck, tractor—are sources of fascination to every sidewalk superintendent who has ever strained over a fence, absorbed by the energy of the mechanical goliaths. 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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JIM'S LION by Russell Hoban
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Of possible interest to caregivers seeking books with bibliotherapeutic potential, this difficult and inventive work is most likely to be appreciated for its artistic vision. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Illustrator Deacon offers a dramatic, disturbing interpretation of an already-unsettling story of childhood illness. Read full book review >