Search Results: "Nick Maland"


BOOK REVIEW

A PLACE FOR MIDDLE by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Iffy as this idea might be, it carries a big dose of reassurance, and there's a logic to the lunch and bridge bits that fretful human Middles might accept. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Younger readers unsatisfied with the rather evasive answer offered to a middle child in Barbara Shook Hazen's Who's Your Favorite Monster, Mama?, illustrated by Maryann Kovalski (2006), may be happier with this take on the topic, though their bookend siblings probably won't. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU’VE GOT DRAGONS by Kathryn Cave
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Paradoxically, young readers will likely derive more benefit from this if an adult is on hand to share, interpret, and discuss. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Toothy but disarmingly tubby dragons stand in for childhood worries in this light-toned bit of therapy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNIP SNAP! by Mara Bergman
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"No diecuts, but still a good alternative to Ed Emberley's classic Go Away, Big Green Monster (1992). (Picture book. 6-8)"
When an alligator chews open the door and comes creeping, creeping through their apartment, are Marissa, Eva and Jonathan afraid? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YUM YUM! by Mara Bergman
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Sweet with a pinch of spice, this rhyming read-aloud serves up one flavorful treat. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Katie, James and their little dog Harry are aspiring chefs, but there's one (or more) too many cooks in this kitchen in this humorous offering. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WISHING FOR TOMORROW by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"The result is storytelling magic. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Sequels to beloved classics penned by contemporary authors have at best a mixed track record, and the author of the quirky Casson family novels makes an unlikely successor to Frances Hodgson Burnett. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OLIVER WHO WOULD NOT SLEEP! by Mara Bergman
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A warm and fuzzy homage to Sendak's Max and his wild things guaranteed to lull little ones into their own night-time adventures. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little boy who "couldn't and didn't and would not sleep" prefers to stay awake and play. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG BLUE WHALE by Nicola Davies
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"This unassuming book is teeming with new discoveries upon each rereading. (index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
Conversational text and soft, crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations ebb and flow in a fluid look at the largest mammal ever to inhabit the earth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPOTTING FOR NELLIE by Pamela Lowell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2010

"A miss. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
In this trite effort, ninth grader Nellie is a gymnast just getting ready to compete at the national level when she sustains a serious brain injury in an automobile accident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD KITTY DRAWN TO TROUBLE by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Surprisingly (and sneakily) instructional, totally hilarious…and worth every penny. (glossary, recipe) (Graphic/nonfiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Bad Kitty takes on her greatest foe: Sillier than Puppy, mightier than Uncle Murray, scarier than a bath…it's her creator! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHACKLETON by Nick Bertozzi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 17, 2014

"A top-shelf rendition of one of the greatest survival stories to come out of the Age of Exploration. (source list) (Graphic historical fiction. 10-16)"
With just a hint of artistic license, a retelling in graphic form of the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD KITTY GETS A BATH by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Multiple copies are a must. (Fiction. 5-12)"
Bad Kitty usually cleans herself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHARK IN THE PARK! by Nick Sharratt
ANIMALS
Released: June 11, 2002

"And although the premise is tried and true, Sharratt's design is fresh and fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cartoon-bright colors saturate lively spreads in Sharratt's (Eat Your Peas, 2000, etc.) clever offering. Read full book review >