Robbie began writing reviews and editorials for MuggleNet in 2003, when he was “31 on the outside and 13 on the inside.” Now considerably older on the outside, he still gets the same boyish thrill out of sharing good stories with friends of all ages. His mission is to help young readers, especially those caught up in the world of Harry Potter, find even more wonder and pleasure in the wide world of books.
Robbie is a book booster, looking for good things to say about each book he recommends. His aim is to encourage readers to share the joy that he has discovered in so many books. But he also understands that many parents may want to guide their children’s choice of books, to read with them and discuss what they have read. So Robbie is also committed to pointing out concerns such as “adult content” and “occult content”—not to discourage you from reading a book, but to save you from unpleasant surprises. He believes that anyone should be free to read any book without censorship or restriction, but he does this to respect the frank concerns and beliefs of others.
Robbie has written over a thousand book reviews, and he looks forward sharing many more reading experiences. If you would like Robbie to review a particular book, first check the Book Trolley to see whether he has already done so. If not, send him feedback about it. If the book sounds interesting to him, Robbie will be happy to read it.
Tips: If you want to send a book to Robbie, whether commercially published, self-published, or an Advance Reader Copy… (1) Get in touch with him first with a description of your book, and check whether he is interested in reading it. (2) Robbie is happy to accept hardcovers or paperbacks. For audio books, he needs a CD. (3) Be aware that, due to other demands on Robbie’s time, it may take him a little while to read and review your work. (4) While he has a wide range of interests, Robbie is *not* interested in books on the occult, practical magic, erotica, or sadism (torture, mutilation, etc.). Remember: Kids, their parents, and their teachers read these reviews. For a better idea of what Robbie may like, browse through the titles already listed on the Book Trolley.
When he is not reading or writing, Robbie enjoys a quiet bachelor life in St. Louis, Missouri. At work he distributes a magazine that has been translated into 16 languages. Outside of work, he serves the whims of two cats, sings in two choirs, plays classical piano music, goes to church, and cultivates an unflattering resemblance to Hagrid.
If you want to contact Robbie, send him a message via our contact form!