Search Results: "Nicholas Allan"


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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Any offering that purports to explain 'the facts of life,' as its jacket copy boasts, but dodges that critical question, does both children and their hapless parents a real disservice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willy is an enterprising little sperm, if a little on the numb side when it comes to arithmetic. Read full book review >

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THE BIRD by Nicholas Allan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Allan plays the excreta for laughs, but mixing it with even indirect biblical references—and without the saving grace of originality or real humor—is sure to offend somebody, somewhere. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A twist on the tale of Noah, irreverently told and catering, in the depiction of quantities of feces, to the tired trend of grossness. ``There were no animals or people on the island, so the hermit had it all to himself,'' the story opens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUMP by Mij Kelly
by Mij Kelly, illustrated by Nicholas Allan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"While it may touch a parent's heart and be a welcome gift for an expectant mother, look for other titles that better celebrate a baby's entry into the world. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Kelly and Allan marry their talents to produce a rather awkward title about growing maternal affection prior to a child's arrival. Read full book review >

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NICHOLAS REYNOLDS
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Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway. The noted American author, widely admired and often parodied, was many things over his long career, from amateur boxer to open-ocean fisherman and world traveler. Along the way, he dropped into some of the ugliest war zones in the world of his day, casting his lot with the underdog in the fight, whether the French Resistance or ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"But the message is clear: An initially unconcerned community banded together and took steps that led to their current fame as a model of environmental action; we other residents of the island that is planet Earth can do that, too. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
An unidentified local inhabitant describes the process and some of the people responsible for the recent transformation of the Danish island of Samsø to energy self-sufficiency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WILLOW PATTERN STORY by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A charmed work, told with conviction and a sure hand. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Told with restraint and ease, this book is about a romantic legend that haunts the ubiquitous pottery design. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREEN CITY by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Designed to be a companion to the author/illustrator's Energy Island (2011), this will be equally welcomed in school and public libraries. (source notes) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
After a severe storm called a supercell destroyed the community of Greensburg, Kansas, residents banded together to rebuild in ways that would be sustainable and storm-proof. Read full book review >

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PEDAL POWER by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Drummond rolls along with another successful story of environmental change. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Pedal-power protests in the 1970s turned Amsterdam into "the capital city of cycling." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIBERTY! by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2002

"An author's note introduces the story, separating the facts of the day from those details he imagined and giving more historical information about Lady Liberty. (Picture book. 4-10)"
On the day of its unveiling, the flag covering the Statue of Liberty's face was mistakenly lowered too soon; Drummond imagines how it happened. Read full book review >