Search Results: "John Nickle"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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SUMMER POTPOURRI
by Bobbi Dumas

Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to listen to a bunch of books that came my way, and a couple of them were just terrific, so I thought I’d share.

Adriana Anders’ Under Her Skin (February ’17) launched an intense contemporary romance series Blank Canvas which has a very interesting spin on the tattoo theme. (It got a ...


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