Search Results: "Nicholas Blechman"


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

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 >

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THE DOLDRUMS by Nicholas Gannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Readers will eventually sigh in relief with Archer and friends. (Adventure. 7-11)"
Eleven-year-old Archer B. Helmsley enlists his best friend, Oliver Glub, and Adélaïde, the new student from France, to help him track down his explorer grandparents in Antarctica—despite the fact that Archer's mother confines him to two places: his museumlike home and his school. Read full book review >

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BIG BEAR HUG by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This debut is a treat for the tree hugger in all of us. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A big black bear is so full of love and happiness that he hugs every living thing he encounters: "No animal was too big… / Too small… / Too smelly… / Or too scary to hug." Read full book review >

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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Another fine lesson couched in a tale that never becomes didactic. (Picture book. 3-9)"
More Life in the Wild from Canadian Oldland (Up the Creek, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE BUSY BEAVER by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Great bibliotherapy for any inattentive busy beaver. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Beaver might be busy, but it's his carelessness that earns him the ire of his erstwhile woodland pals. Read full book review >

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A BOOK FOR WOODY by Nicholas Heller
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

"But by— successfully— making the story so self-referential and the action so abstract Heller puts his book in a genre of storytelling that is a little unconventional and self-conscious, and a lot avante-garde. (Picture book. 4+)"
Woody, a young pig in need of reading material for the trip home from his grandparents', sits down in front of a shelf with six books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOOTH TREE by Nicholas Heller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"Astute readers may conclude from clues in Heller's expressive, sophisticated illustrations that the adventure was a dream; either way, an entertaining story reflecting a genuinely childlike imagination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Claiming that there's no tooth fairy, Charlie buries a tooth out in the yard, where it grows into a tree whose ferocious branches invade his room to munch on his belongings. Read full book review >

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UP THE CREEK by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Storytimers and newly independent readers alike will enjoy this trio's continuing adventures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The bear, the moose and the beaver might be friends, but they can't agree on anything! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAVEN by Nicholas Allan
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"When a stray puppy comes to live with the girl, she tries to give it a little heaven on earth, but readers may already have gone on to the more congenial version of paradise found in Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (1995). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Most books about the death of a pet are solemn and carefully worded, but Allan (Jesus' Christmas Party, 1992, etc.) treats the subject in a decidedly different manner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UP THE WALL by Nicholas Heller
ADVENTURE
Released: May 26, 1992

"A novel notion, elaborated with imagination and style. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Everywhere the small narrator goes, someone in his family is busy and asking him to be quiet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JESUS' CHRISTMAS PARTY by Nicholas Allan
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Charming. (Picture book. 3+)"
``There was nothing the innkeeper liked more than a good night's sleep,'' begins this amusing account of the Blessed Event from his point of view. Read full book review >