Search Results: "Nicholas Blechman"


BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS by René Goscinny
Kirkus Star
by René Goscinny, illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, translated by Anthea Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"At least one sequel is scheduled. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A favorite in France for decades, these 19 tongue-in-cheek tales of daily life as seen through the eyes of an uncritical young everylad will elicit bursts of laughter from children and adults alike. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT LIGHT by Nicholas  Blechman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A stylish and original take on the time-honored die-cut counting book. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This urban-themed picture book makes ingenious use of simple die-cut circles of different sizes on each page to reveal the lights of various vehicles on the following page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS by Jeremy Seal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Here is evidence in an investigative report on who he was before he became the cult personage in the polar parsonage."
Nicholas, the fourth-century resident of Myra, Anatolia, one of the most popular saints, is the subject of this ornate biographical treatment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS II by Marc Ferro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1993

"The human drama—from the execution of Rasputin to the struggle of the tsar's family to understand, escape, and survive—is displaced here by abstract argument. (Illustrations)"
Ferro (Social Sciences/êcole des Hautes êtudes, Paris; The Russian Revolution of February 1917, 1972), an expert on the political details of the Russian Revolution, claims to offer new information in this political biography of Tsar Nicholas II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL KINGDOM by Simon Rogers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Flashy at first glance, routine at second and subsequent looks. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
With scattered exceptions, the trendy "infographics" approach stops at the title in this haphazard ramble past animal types and extremes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It would roil Butler's immense ego to learn that—not 60 years after his death—this well-crafted study is even necessary."
A highly readable exhumation of the career of Nicholas Murray Butler, president of the Carnegie Endowment and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and almost entirely forgotten today. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS DANE by Melvin Burgess
FICTION
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"A small note of hope ends this gripping but harsh tale. (Historical fiction. 15 & up)"
Coming from England, this bleak, violent, slang-inflected street saga exposes the machinations of power and villainy in Manchester's social services and criminal underworld. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS COOKE by Stephanie Cowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Seething and turbulent: Cowell's debut is a moving picaresque- -as well as a detailed portrait of Shakespearean England—and a delight to read."
The splendor and squalor of Elizabethan England come sharply into focus in this saga of a talented, troubled actor's search for himself: a first from Renaissance specialist Cowell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS PIPE by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"San Souci may be invoking an old story, but he also frames a few timeless ideas about responsibility, tolerance, and that simple thing called love. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
San Souci (The Hired Hand, p. 649, etc.) notes that this story of the love between a merman and a woman of the land first saw the light of day as a 12th-century tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Baroque borders surround the time-travel illustrations, while sharp, squared corners frame everyday life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
DeSaix (In the Back Seat, 1993, etc.) offers horse-obsessed readers Antonia, a girl who shares their fantasies of riding. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS II by Dominic Lieven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A rare balance of personal and political insight: timely and persuasive."
Lieven (a political historian at the London School of Economics whose specialty is imperial Russia: Russia's Rulers Before the Revolution, 1989, etc.—not reviewed) reinterprets the life and political significance of Nicholas II in light of the USSR's collapse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >