Search Results: "John Nickle"


BOOK REVIEW

ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Reproduction quality appears excellent, and smart design, from brilliantly color-blocked endpapers to handsome typography, rounds out a package sure to intrigue primary grade puzzlers. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
Nickle's abecedarian offering invigorates the genre with fresh imagery and media. Read full book review >

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THE ANT BULLY by John Nickle
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1999

Bullies always find someone smaller than they are to pick on, so when Sid the bully picks on Lucas, Lucas bullies ants, drenching them with his squirt gun. Read full book review >

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TV REX by John Nickle
by John Nickle, illustrated by John Nickle
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Readers thrown off balance by the climactic twist may prefer more predictable ventures into the boob tube, such as Marc Brown's Bionic Bunny Show (1986) or Matt Novak's Mouse TV (1994). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Nickle (Ant Bully, 1999, etc.) doesn't play fair in this amusing but disorienting escapade. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Levinthal's children's-book debut lacks the laugh-out-loud silliness that is Margie Palatini and Richard Egielski's mashup The Web Files (2001), but this will find an audience. (Fractured fairy tales. 5-9)"
In language reminiscent of old-time-radio detective stories, Officer Binky narrates a few of his cases, which will be very familiar to young readers. Read full book review >

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HANS MY HEDGEHOG by Kate Coombs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Prickly, a bit funny and a bit dark: classic Grimm, modernized. (author's note) (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-10)"
Hans, half hedgehog and half human, lives as a hermit, deep in a forest with a rooster steed and an entourage of pigs, happily playing his fiddle, until two kings make promises that send him looking for his just reward: a princess. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 4, 2008

"A final positive after the litany of 'nevers'—'Always go shopping with a pelican'—provides tidy closure to this latest distillation of good advice. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Nearly 40 years since Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1970), Barrett is still dispensing similarly ageless wisdom—cautioning readers, here, against inviting ants to a picnic, shopping for shoes with a centipede, holding hands with a lobster and similar efforts to socialize with wild animals. Read full book review >

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THINGS THAT ARE MOST IN THE WORLD by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

Goofy superlatives are showcased in this book from Barrett, some clever, some slightly mawkish, all shaped by a particular brand of humor that will either work for readers or leave them flat. Read full book review >

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THE BRIXEN WITCH by Stacy DeKeyser
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"Fresh and satisfying for middle-grade readers. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
An enchanted coin, a plague of rats, an itinerant fiddler and the disappearance of the village children are familiar folklore elements that find their ways into this original adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

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JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >