Lisa Rojany

Lisa Rojany has published over 100 books, including several award-winning and bestselling titles. She is also a publishing executive and editor with over 20 years of professional experience in the industry, and is the lead writer for Writing Children’s Books for Dummies Second Edition (2013). Her latest YA, Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz, with Eva Kor, got a stellar review by Archbishop Desmond Tutu; it was released in paperback in 2012 and has been published in numerous languages.

As well as spearheading four publishing startups, Ms. Rojany has simultaneously run her own successful business, Editorial Services of L.A. since 1990. She has been Editorial/Publishing Director for Golden Books, Price Stern Sloan/Penguin Group USA, Intervisual Books, Gateway Learning Corp (Hooked on Phonics), and other established publishing houses.

She is also Publisher & Editor in Chief of nyjournalofbooks.com, the premier online-only book review site.

Ms. Rojany loves working with new and published writers of fiction and general nonfiction for all ages, helping them make their work the best it can be. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

She may be contacted at EditorialServicesofLA.com

Book Reviews by Lisa Rojany

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Dorling Kindersley (DK) has come out with a series of children's books that feature braille as well as raised (embossed) and detailed images from front cover to back and throughout each page.

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"You are what I cannot be on my own, as I am all that is missing in you."

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Here's the premise of The Finger Sports Game: draw a face on the tip of one or more of your long fingers, then stick it through the hole(s) to pretend you are the head of the body

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As almost any child from a Jewish home can attest, sometimes all the hooplah surrounding Christmas can make Hanukkah seem pale by comparison—even if you do get eight presents for Hanukkah. 

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Children's picture books with photographs are often jarring and quickly dated. Not so with The Reindeer Wish.

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"A very old woman stands at the bottom of a very steep hill. It's Voting Day, she's an American, and by God, she is going to vote. Lillian is her name."

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How does a little Egyptian boy who comes from a family of "tomb robbers" get a chance to participate in an archaeological dig to find King Tut's tomb? 

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"Jennifer Gray Olson's Ninja Bunny is sure to delight young warriors of all stripes."

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You want a pet. You really want a pet.

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"The most engaging, inventive, interactive nonfiction children's book this year!"

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"It was the most beautiful dreidel the shopkeeper had ever seen . . ." but it wouldn't spin for just anybody.

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"A hilarious sendup of the eternal fight between kids and their parents over what to eat and when—if at all."

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Catalan architect Anotni Gaudí may have been laughed at by many for his whimsical creations, but he went on to become one of the most important architects of the 19th century.

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"How does this perfect holiday gift tie in to a child's digital life?

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"Unusual graphics and primary colors combine with an interesting premise and a sweet ending . . ."

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"Weak try. Questionable delivery. Wrong message."

I hate to slam a picture book. After all, they're for children, and children are sweet, right?

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“A gem of a book! Bravo! Encore!”

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"However ultimately cheerful Ribbit! is, it also sneakily offers up a deeply moving universal message that bears highlighting for both children and adults."

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“. . . one person’s life story about battling severe depression, alcoholism, and PTSD.”

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“At last, a picture book perfect for reading to reluctant bathers as well as pirates and cowboys who fight the night.”

Who woulda thunk it?

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“All writers, seasoned or newbie, should read, absorb, and put to use the lessons Don McNair offers . . .”

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“A tour de force . . . expertly chronicles the experiences of the youngest of the baby boomer generation.”

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“. . . a story to be savored—and read over and over again.”

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OK. So I feel like a lapsed Jew regarding what I am about to say. Or rather, scream:

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“David A. Carter adds to Seuss’s world-building by taking the author/illustrator’s ’tude and giving it the added dimension of 3-D. And Carter has surpassed himself here.

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“Infused with loads of personality, Lots of Bots! is packed with some of the most inventive (and useful—moms take note) robots a kid could ever need. . . .

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“. . . beautifully expressive and so packed with movement and joy and color that you surely, positively, absolutely wish it would never end . . .

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“Lifting the Wheel of Karma feels like a small miracle. The story itself is fresh, the protagonist well realized. But what really gets you in this book is the way Paul H.

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Remember Goodnight Moon? Margaret Wise Brown’s classic bedtime tale, published in the late 1940s? Pictures by Clement Hurd?

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“OMG! I think I just peed my pants!”

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Our Daddy Is Invincible! deals with a subject most of us prefer not to think about: What happens to their children when a parent is injured while deployed . . . and then comes home?

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A book about Einstein for preschoolers? How scary, right? Not at all!

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What can you say about a retelling of the Cinderella story starring ponies?

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A ten-spread (20 page) board book with a nice puffy cover, All Kinds of Kisses explores, well, all kinds of kisses.

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And I Love You is a spare, simple, and tender book about a mommy cat and her kitten.

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This puffy-reinforced-cover board book counts all the ways that a little girl loves up her baby—her little stuffed animal puppy.

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This lighthearted board book, published in 2007, is a sweet addition to the many parent-child mutual admiration society offerings.

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This latest installment in the Clifford the Big Red Dog franchise is a 20-page, 10-spread board book starring Clifford when he was a wee pup.

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Angel Cat Sugar, created by Yuko Shimizu and realized here in a cute Valentine’s Day offering by Ellie O’Ryan is celebrating her favorite holiday.

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Sometimes all those kisses from all those people who think you are just so cute can get annoying.

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Who among us has not felt pale and insignificant in comparison to a friend who seems to shine and sparkle in everything she does and with all that she is?

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Holler Loudly is not a commandment. Neither is it a verb and an adverb paired.

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The cover of Pecan Pie Baby shows a pregnant mother with a young girl in braids hugging her round belly as both finish up what appear to be crumbs on their plates. Sweet, right?

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Ying Chang Compestine delivers a delightful spinoff on the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk with this Chinese New Year Tale.

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Who knew that the timeless Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, could be so beautifully re-imagined in such a fresh, exuberant way?

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That ever-exuberant Siamese kitty with the huge ears is back in this rollicking tale. This time, he’s off for an adventure in his spice (um, space) suit to investigate the planet Mars.

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This is the ninth collaboration between author Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Cornell and it is perhaps the sweetest—but not so sweet as to give you a mouthful of cavities.

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One of Mo Willems' most wonderful talents is that he can tell a story in words that stands alone perfectly well without illustrations, and vice versa: he can tell a story in pictures that need no t

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The exuberant little Olivia the pig is back, and this time she’s taking it international. When spring vacation arrives, Olivia decides her family needs to spend a few days in Venice, Italy.

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The odious Ogre of the title is reminiscent of the one in William Steig’s original picture book, Shrek—but with his inherent ogre-ness on steroids.