Search Results: "Barbara Nichol"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE SMALL GARDEN by Barbara Nichol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A lovely, personal look at nature. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Nichol (Trunks All Aboard, not reviewed, etc.) wields a glorious simplicity of language to tell a few true stories and impart a lot of natural history about a garden in the city of Toronto. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS by Barbara Nichol
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"It would have been nice to have a note distinguishing fact from fiction. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An animated portrait of the composer during the period when he wrote the Ninth Symphony (1822-25), as depicted in letters between Christoph, ten when the great man moves into his home, and his uncle, a musician whose knowledge of Beethoven's history and work provides a setting for the boy's more intimate observations. 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.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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BOOK REVIEW

VOICES IN THE WIND by Soozie Nichol
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"An impressive collection of an uncommon craft that's worth a look for both children and adults."
Needle-felted figures and a short poem on peace make up this small artistic picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 2016

"A straightforward account considers all sides to these precise missions."
From breaching German dams to targeting U-boat pens with "Grand Slams," the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron receives fresh recognition for crippling the Nazi war machine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIDNIGHT CAB by James W. Nichol
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A highly effective thriller that freshens familiar scenes, dodges, and themes by fleshing them out with an appealingly new cast."
The Canadian playwright's first novel, based on his own radio drama and first published in his native country in 2002, traces the links across a generation between two lost boys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRANSGRESSION by James W. Nichol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"The long-awaited climax, though heart-rending, is too anticlimactic to resolve the knotty problems the story has posed. But Nichol makes a persuasive case that it couldn't possibly have done so no matter what."
Slow-motion calamity awaits a girl in occupied France who falls in love with a member of the occupying army. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY by Christina Nichol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2014

"Indeed, he's one of the most fully realized characters in recent memory, and readers will take much pleasure in going along on his adventures—and misadventures."
A wise, funny debut novel that finds endless entertainment in cultural differences and clashing personality types.    Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2003

"A welcome contribution, full of untold stories, to the literature of WWII."
A fine tale of great and not-so-great escapes, along with the ordinary business of surviving confinement in Hitler's stalags in the final months of WWII. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADÈLE & SIMON IN AMERICA by Barbara McClintock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"The repetitive narrative may pall on adult readers of the well-heeled pair's previous outing, but children have more tolerance for that sort of thing, and the elegant period visuals supply plenty of eye candy. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Still channeling Kate Greenaway in the art, though adding her own vein of sly humor, McClintock recycles the plot of her award-winning Adèle and Simon (2006) across a much larger stage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUBWAY MOUSE by Barbara Reid
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Seen from mouse-eye level, the grimy, wonderfully detailed setting adds a tongue-in-cheek air, as well as making a properly vivid backdrop for this intrepid venture into the unknown. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Bits of real litter and found bric-a-brac in Reid's plasticine subterranean scenes add an air of authenticity to this grand tale of a mouse who leaves his cozy subway station nest to find the fabled "Tunnel's End." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An all-around laugh-out-loud delight. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
From Anansi the Spider to B'rer Rabbit, trickster tales appear in cultures the world over. Read full book review >