Search Results: "Matthias Picard"


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JIM CURIOUS by Matthias Picard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Required prop notwithstanding, a thoroughly immersive outing. (Picture book/novelty. 6-9)"
Two pairs of 3-D glasses included with the book add plenty of depth to an explorer's undersea adventures in this wordless import. Read full book review >

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MOUSE AND ELEPHANT by Matthias Hoppe
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"(Picture book. 4-8)"
Nicole, a mouse, searches for a friend but is rejected everywhere; the cat sums it up best: ``We are too different to be friends.'' The pattern may be familiar, but the conclusion isn't: the elephant doesn't know what a friend is, but once Nicole has explained (``a friend is somebody you can count on...''), he points out that size is irrelevant—'we will tell each other our feelings and stick together.'' Didactic but pleasantly brisk; Lenica's bold, circus poster-style illustrations are fine for group sharing. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"The detail is rich and remarkable; the prose sometimes more pedestrian than one expects from Picard. (32 pp. color illustrations)"
From the Thames to witchcraft, from petty schools to bear-baiting, from Shakespeare to small beer—a succinct guide to the sights, sounds, and smells of the London of the Virgin Queen. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1998

"Picard's engaging survey energetically rummages through the attic of London's colorful past. (24 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
An entertainingly over-stocked historical digest of life during London's liveliest decade of the 17th century, 1660—70. Read full book review >

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STATIONS OF THE RESURRECTION by Efiri Matthias Selemobri
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2009

"A proper guide and devotional for the Stations of the Cross."
A concise volume of illuminating selections from the Bible. Read full book review >

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BEFORE AFTER by Matthias Arégui
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Peaceful, sometimes mildly humorous art provides gentle nudging toward a philosophical frame of mind. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This harmonious album of clean-lined, very simple images in before-and-after pairs or short sequences practically compels viewers to ruminate about changes and seasons. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"A delightful hodge-podge of social history."
An inventory of daily life in London circa 1755, when Samuel Johnson published his Dictionary of the English Language. Read full book review >

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NO BATH, NO CAKE! by Matthias Weinert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Though a visual treat, it's only for those who can't get enough yo-ho-hos and bottles of rum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This Swiss import may lack the customary "Arrs" and "Mateys" of the pirate genre, but its heart is in the right place. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"The story is mostly well told, with atmospheric watercolors from Marks, but the phrasing of the last sentence clanks horribly and nearly ruins the happy ending: 'love is perfect only when it will give up even the thing which it loves, for that thing's sake.' (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mark's watercolors add a misty flavor of magic to Picard's tender telling of her own fairy tale, in which a hero's true love for his bride is put to the ultimate test. Read full book review >

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OLD BONES by Gregory William Picard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 2013

"An entertaining, uncomplicated whodunit seasoned with a likable hero and a bucolic sense of place."
In this mystery, a murder alongthe Cuyamaca Mountains in San Diego, Calif., pits a dedicated forest ranger against a host of shady villains. Read full book review >

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The Sword and The Butterfly by Matthias Wolf
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 31, 2014

"A fantastical graphic novel with superlative artwork and inventive plot devices that's somewhat marred by inadequate characterization."
Writer Wolf (Unbeatable: Hotter than Hell, 2010, etc.), debut illustrator Jimenez, and debut colorist Cabelléingeniously combine Arthurian legend and epic space opera in a new graphic novel. Read full book review >