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

A WONDERFUL YEAR by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"From silly to quite touching, an array of emotions spans this whole wide, wonderful year. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A comics-style look at the seasons in four short episodes of buffoonery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUPPY'S BIG DAY by Nick Bruel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Bad Kitty fans will certainly embrace Puppy's first outing since Poor Puppy (2007). (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 8-11)"
Puppy and Uncle Murray escape a rampaging Bad Kitty for a day's adventure on the town. Read full book review >

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

LEWIS & CLARK by Nick Bertozzi
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Slated to be the first in a series on explorers, this expedition ends with high hopes for subsequent volumes. (selected bibliography) (Graphic historical fiction. 12 & up)"
With masterful command, Bertozzi offers an innovative take on Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's epic journey in this oversized graphic offering. Read full book review >