Search Results: "Nicholas Ostler"


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PASSWORDS TO PARADISE by Nicholas Ostler
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Impressively vast in scope and content, Ostler's work is most accessible to fellow specialists but should intrigue dedicated readers as well."
The effects of religion on language are well-known; what about the effects of language on religion? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2005

"Always challenging, always instructive—at times, even startling or revolutionary. The issues and concerns and discoveries here merit far wider attention than this sometimes turgid text will attract. (maps and charts throughout)"
A dense but enlightening account of how the world's written languages were born, how they spread and changed, how some weakened and died, how others thrived. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Ostler's erudition may occasionally lead readers into impenetrable thickets of explication, but his enthusiasm for the subject is infectious."
The cultural, religious and scholastic history of the Latin language—2,500 years of a paradise won and lost. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Ostler does not assume specialist knowledge, but he does assume that his readers share his gargantuan and voluptuary appetite for words, languages and history."
A bracing history of lingua francas and their dynamic variation, with a focus on the perfect wave that International English is riding—toward a wipeout, predicts Foundation for Endangered Languages founder Ostler (Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lively and revealing discussion of a battle that seems likely to continue as long as English is spoken."
Since Colonial times, Americans have taken grammar as a touchstone of social and educational status. Linguist and former librarian Ostler (Slinging Mud: Rude Nicknames, Scurrilous Slogans, and Insulting Slang from Two Centuries of American Politics, 2011, etc.) provides a history of the struggles over our language.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 >

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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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DEFENDER OF THE REALM by Mark Huckerby
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"A thrilling mashup of history and fantasy. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A reluctant heir to the throne learns that the king of England's job is more dangerous and fantastic than he imagined. Read full book review >

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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 >

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DINOSAUR COUNTDOWN by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Large collections with popular dinosaur sections may want to add this, but otherwise, it is one to miss. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Oldland provides dinosaur lovers who are learning to count down from 10 with some fodder, but there is no story here, nor a capital letter to speak of. Read full book review >