Search Results: "Nick Bland"


BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY CRANKY BEAR by Nick Bland
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2014

"Good, not-so-cranky fun. (Picture book. 3-7)"
How do you deal with a very cranky bear? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY HUNGRY BEAR by Nick Bland
by Nick Bland, illustrated by Nick Bland, developed by Wheelbarrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2012

"It's an entertaining read that misses greatness...but just bearly. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
Two bears from very different places meet and bond over their love of fish in a pleasant-enough app that has a few clever touches. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOME DADS by Nick Bland
by Nick Bland, illustrated by Nick Bland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Pretty light fare to share with tots noticing differences among dads. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A rhyming celebration of the way dads are different from one another. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WRONG BOOK by Nick Bland
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2012

"A story is only as engaging as its storyteller; this winsome offering leads the way in one crucial area where many digital storybooks fall tellingly short. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
This short, imaginative tale simply wasn't meant to be but is so fantastically narrated, readers won't soon forget. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY ITCHY BEAR by Nick Bland
by Nick Bland, illustrated by Nick Bland, developed by Wheelbarrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"What this app lacks in originality it makes up for in cuddly familiarity. Bear enchants, even wordlessly, and is coming into his own as an app star young readers will be happy to see again. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Employing similar techniques as The Very Hungry Bear (2012), which features the same titular ursine, this story about a persistent flea offers flashes of humor and a neat lesson about scale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERY OF BEAUTIFUL NELL CROPSEY by Bland Simpson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1993

"Don't be disappointed, though, if you never do find out who killed beautiful Nell Cropsey. (Five illustrations)"
On the evening of November 20, 1901, Gibson girl Nell Cropsey, oldest daughter of a transplanted Brooklyn family, stepped out into her family's front hall in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to join her suitor Jim Wilcox—and was never seen alive again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BANISHING THE BEAST by Lucy Bland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Packed with historical details, this work captures the spirit and conflicts of feminist thought. (13 illustrations, not seen)"
A superb examination of early feminist politics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNDERGROUND by Roxanne Bland
Released: Jan. 9, 2013

"A diverting urban fantasy, even if readers may find it a bit familiar."
Bland's debut urban-fantasy novel depicts werewolves, vampires, witches and aliens all secretly living, and loving, in the Seattle area. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCREAM IN SILENCE by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Each new series entry (Tell No Tales, 1999, etc.) is slower than the last, the tone flatter, the mystery-mongering more hushed, so that now, despite the alarmist title, even bigotry seems lulled asleep. (Author tour)"
In Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, the salt-and-pepper law-enforcement team of Vic Jessenovik (salt) and Marti MacAlister (pepper) is head over shakers in rampant rascality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLOW BURN by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"More polished than this team's debut, with a toned-down relationship between Marti (black) and Vik (white), and with more nuances to Marti's dealing with the black community and her own two grieving children."
A second outing for Lincoln Park, Illinois, detectives MacAlister and Jessenovik (Dead Time, 1992) again finds them tired, overworked, and ODing on bad coffee while the bodies pile up- -including two at an abortion clinic that's been torched. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DONE WRONG by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"Crisp action sequences, dirty cops, dogged procedural work, quietly telling family scenes: Marti's fourth appearance (Gone Quiet, 1994, etc.) has it all."
A Chicago narcotics cop's suspiciously fatal fall from the roof of a parking garage rips open Marti MacAlister's three-year- old wounds of grieving for her own husbanda colleague of Julian Cantor's who supposedly ate his gun in a Chicago cemetery. Read full book review >