Children's Author Robert Kinerk

Clorinda Plays Baseball

Clorinda Plays Baseball

Written by Robert Kinerk

Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

A Paula Wiseman Book

Published by Simon & Schuster/February, 2012

Excerpts from Reviews:

New York Times

“In previous books about the audacious cow Clorinda, she has been a ballerina and a pilot. Next up: playing ball with the Red Hats of Bosstown. The improbable story of how Clorinda gets to “batter up” involves a pig named Hop, a farmer named Len and a shy boy, Deke, who just happens to be a crack baseball player. Kinerk´s rollicking, inventive rhymes and Kellogg´s action-packed watercolors will have children laughing even as the story touches on jealousy, disappointment, thwarted ambition and that great unsung hero, the supporting player.”

Kirkus

“Kinerk´s easy, breezy verse, with some wonderfully inventive rhymes, moves the story along at a breathless pace, with one madcap event after another… It´s over the top baseball fantasy, but there´s also friendship and loving selflessness.”

Publisher´s Weekly

“Kinerk´s couplets are buoyant…and his plotting is over-the-top; Kellogg´s characteristically expressive, gold-infused illustrations have no trouble keeping pace.”

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Sylvester Can Pester

Oh, How Sylvester Can Pester!

    And Other Poems More or Less About Manners

Written by Robert Kinerk

Illustrated by Drazen Kozjan

A Paula Wiseman Book

Published by Simon & Schuster/March, 2011

Excerpts from Reviews:

Through the Looking Glass

“In this amusing and cleverly written collection of poems, young readers will meet all kinds of children who are rude, ill-mannered, or simply ignorant. As they read the poems and the stories about Sylvester and his friends, readers will come to appreciate that manners really do have a point. They make it easier for people to get along with us, and they even make us more likeable.”

Kirkus

“Manners in meters… The poet never loses his light touch: Verses about cleaning one´s room, coping with getting the giggles and talking [not] at the movies get their points across. Kinerk…doesn´t overtly quote the Golden Rule…but it underlies all the fun.”

Publisher´s Weekly

“…a sterling performance.”

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Clorinda

Clorinda

Written by Robert Kinerk

Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

A Paula Wiseman Book

Published by Simon & Schuster/2003
   (in Hardback and Paperback)

Awards:

A Best Book of 2003 – Child Magazine

IRA Children's Book Award Notable for 2004

ABC Best Book for Children 2004

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award for 2004

Excerpts from Reviews:

ABC Choices – Best Books for Children

“Clorinda is a cow that will not let anything stand in her way. When she sees a ballet performance, she becomes determined to follow her dream and dance on the big-city stage. A witty tale with energetic illustrations of an irrepressible character which will encourage readers to follow their hearts.”

Child Magazine

“…a hoot, both visually and textually”

School Library Journal

“This story told in rhyme is sure to produce many chuckles from youngsters who will delight in Clorinda's dreams of stardom. The colorful and zany illustrations are classic Kellogg.”

Kirkus

“Kinerk´s verse gambols merrily along, and in full-bleed illustrations that extend to the endpapers, Kellogg´s costumed dancers, human and livestock both, likewise cavort across the pages with characteristic verve.”

Booklist

“A fine mix of story and message. Much applause for Clorinda.”

 

In November 2005, Clorinda was distributed to one million homes as part of the Cheerios' Spoonfuls of Stories program. A smaller version of the book was put into some Cheerios' boxes. The program puts books in the hands of children who might not otherwise have them. In addition, Cheerios donates $500,000 to First Books, a national children's literacy program.

A similar program was done in Quebec, Canada in November 2006, only this time Clorinda was translated into French!

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Clorinda Takes Flight

Clorinda Takes Flight

Written by Robert Kinerk

Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

A Paula Wiseman Book

Published by Simon & Schuster/September, 2007

Excerpts from Reviews:

Booklist

“The creators of Clorinda (2003)...offer another hilarious commentary on the importance of perseverance. Kellogg's signature artwork is spot-on for the story...his sunny illustrations pick up on the humor of Kinerk's rhyming text.”

Kirkus

“Kinerk´s verse scans nicely and offers young readers a rollicking account of the friends´ mechanical mishaps and impressivestick-to-itiveness. Kellogg´s exuberant paintings depict the trio´s ups and downs with his always welcome, signature blend of comic detail and expansive perspective. Hopefully, we've not seen the last of them, nor of Kinerk and Kellogg´s agreeable collaboration. High-flying fun.”

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Bear's First Christmas

Bear´s First Christmas

Written by Robert Kinerk

Illustrated by Jim LaMarche

A Paula Wiseman Book

Published by Simon & Schuster/October, 2007

Published as Le premier Noel de l'ours in 2008 by French publisher Casterman

From Simon and Schuster:

“In the dark of winter, deep in the woods, a lone bear is awakened from his winter sleep by a soft and mysterious sound. Under the stars the bear finds his way step by step through the snowy forest, making friends along his route. Then the bear discovers a place in the woods that glows magically with something he and his friends could never have imagined – their first Christmas.”

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Tim No SOcks

Timothy Cox Will NOT Change His Socks

Written by Robert Kinerk

Illustrated by Steven Gammell

A Paula Wiseman Book

Published by Simon & Schuster/2005

Awards:

SSLI Book Award Honor Book

Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee

Bank Street Best Books of the Year

Kansas State Reading Circle Primary Titles

Excerpts from Reviews:

School Library Journal

“The long rhyming text is hilarious… Gammell´s signature lively watercolor paintings are perfect for this zany story… This book begs to be read aloud.”

Booklist

“Many kids will delight in the story´s gross details, and Gammell's delightful mixed-media illustrations will pull plenty of laughs with odor-indicating swathes of green paint, plaintive signs ("Try some soap!), and visions of wild-haired, stubborn Tim and his faithful canine sidekick.”

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Slim and Miss Prim

Slim and Miss Prim

Written by Robert Kinerk

Illustrated by Jim Harris

Published by Northland Press/1998

Awards:

Western Writers of America Storyteller Award - 1999

 

This book is out of print but can still be found in some stores and on various web sites such as amazon.com and alibris.com.

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