Search Results: "Barbara DaCosta"


BOOK REVIEW

NIGHTTIME NINJA by Barbara DaCosta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"This relatively gentle tale celebrating the power of imagination fails to cover new territory but is executed quite well. Good to share at bedtime with antsy adventurers but too subdued a choice for die-hard Ninjago fans. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Debut picture-book author DaCosta pens the quietly suspenseful quest of a ninja on a late-night mission…to the kitchen! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIGHTY MOBY by Ed Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Stunning illustrations and authentic words grace this unusually sophisticated picture book. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Following Nighttime Ninja (2012), Young and DaCosta collaborate once again, this time infusing the sense and spirit of Moby-Dick (with a twist) into a picture book. Read full book review >

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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

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BOOK REVIEW

Beyond The Veil by Pippa DaCosta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"Exciting, sexy, psychologically acute, this first entry in a planned series should garner fans eager for the next volume."
In this urban fantasy tale, a half-demon's human life is upended when an assassination attempt sends her back to her former lover, a Prince of Hell, for help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIRL FROM ABOVE by Pippa DaCosta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"This fast-paced first outing in a series offers layered characters and plenty of action."
A synthetic human stowaway and a hotheaded smuggler discover a dangerous shared secret in this sci-fi novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSEUM TRIP by Barbara Lehman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2006

"It's a playfully subtle celebration of the possibilities offered by seemingly dry and dusty museums and, like museums, entirely worthy of several lengthy visits. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Following on the Caldecott Honor-winning The Red Book (2004) is another mindbending foray into a wordless metafictive narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADÈLE AND SIMON by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2006

"Très magnifique! (Picture book. 5-8)"
Set against scenes of early 20th-century Paris, this engaging, reverse cumulative story follows a girl and her young brother when she picks him up from school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FANTASTIC DRAWINGS OF DANIELLE by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The pen- and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations are beautifully done, especially the ones that show the world magically transformed in Danielle's eye. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Danielle's adored Papa is a rumpled, bespectacled photographer in turn-of-the-century Paris. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BATTLE OF LUKE AND LONGNOSE by Barbara McClintock
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A superb and inventive book by a truly talented illustrator. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
While Luke is asleep, his toy soldiers and elegant cardboard theater blow up and become life-sized. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CINDERELLA by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Charming. (source note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-8)"
McClintock adapts Charles Perrault's version of the familiar tale, taking inspiration from the fashionable pretensions of the court of Louis XIV for her richly detailed watercolor and line illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CINDERELLA (AS IF YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW THE STORY) by Barbara Ensor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 13, 2006

A fun modern spin on Cinderella, told by a sassy narrator, that delivers an insider's scoop on this familiar tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE MISS MUFFET by Barbara Nascimbeni
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"There are a few clever ideas in this series, but many of the added verses and the repetitive art feel forced to fit the die-cut-hole gimmick. (Board book. 2-4)"
The famed Mother Goose arachnophobe finds her picnic pilfered by various animals in this expanded adaptation. Read full book review >