Search Results: "Nicholas A. Basbanes"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Must reading for any book collector, and a nice addition to even modest personal libraries. (16 pages b&w photos, line art, engravings, not seen)"
This absorbing volume traces ``the cycle of books among collectors, libraries, and dealers,'' seeking to shed new light on that ``gentlest of infirmities,'' bibliomania. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"Of much interest to readers who, like the author, nurse a passion for books, and for books about books."
An uneven but entertaining exploration of the world of books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"For those literati who want a window into a strange little world, read on. All others should take a pass."
As the subtitle suggests, a book for a narrow and often eccentric audience, with few more eccentric than the author himself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 2, 2005

"Like-minded readers may chafe at hearing the story of Johnson and his Boswell for the zillionth time. But we won't stop turning pages, will we?"
Another sampling of what some will call cultural history, others book chat, from the indefatigably bookish author (A Splendor of Letters, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2003

"Basbanes's profound passion never falls into pedantry: readers will emerge with new knowledge, new worries, and enormous respect."
An erudite, often lively analysis of the disappearance of texts thanks to time, weather, worms, warriors, decay, poor judgment, and the computer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"A lively tale told with wit and vigor."
Self-proclaimed bibliophile Basbanes (About the Author: Inside the Creative Process, 2010, etc.) proves a delightful and intrepid guide in this capacious history of paper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELWOOD AND THE WITCH by Nicholas Heller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Capturing the bright clueless look in Elwood's eyes and a touch of the sinister in the witch's raging expression, Smith creates exactly the right amount of hysteria to put the story over the top. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Elwood the pig's chance encounter with a witch's broom sets magic in motion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOBLINS IN GREEN by Nicholas Heller
COLORS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The goblins are funny and childlike; if all of their ilk had this much personality, their appearance each year wouldn't be limited to the weeks leading up to Halloween. (Picture book. 4+)"
From A to Z, the surprises never let up, and neither do the brightly festooned goblins who cavort through the attic of a spying boy and girl, donning a wacky assortment of human costumes in a mirror image of kids on Halloween. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIANT by Nicholas Heller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The giant, sweet-faced and benign, but very large, looks suitably ready to burst off the page. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The giant in the painting in Mrs. Bell's living room is so realistic he looks ``quite ready to jump off the canvas onto Mrs. Bell's carpet.'' And that's exactly what he does. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >