Search Results: "Nicola O'Byrne"


BOOK REVIEW

LOSING NICOLA by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Veteran Moody (Doubled in Spades, 1997, etc.) spins a puzzle that takes a back seat to her graceful evocation of her heroine's childhood and its disintegration one fateful summer."
Twenty years after her 12th birthday ended in tragedy, Alice Beecham returns to her hometown in an attempt to make herself whole by figuring out what happened. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S NEXT DOOR? by Nicola O'Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An adventure in interactive reading, like Hervé Tullet's Press Here (2011) but with a plot. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Doorways traced with a fingertip become die-cut portals on following pages as O'Byrne invites readers to help an errant crocodile find a suitable home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

USE YOUR IMAGINATION by Nicola O'Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Visually irregular but satisfyingly victorious. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wolf coaxes a rabbit into a "Little Red Riding Hood" narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLUFF AND BILLY by Nicola Killen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A little forced at the end, but young children will recognize the issue and require no encouragement to chime in with Billy's lines. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a bit of elemental relationship-modeling, two active young penguins play together until a short-lived huff brings a temporary halt to the fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NECESSARY CAT by Nicola Bayley
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Every page of this lovely catalogue is ideal for children to pore over, but also a tribute for cat-lovers of all ages. (Picture book. 7+)"
In a cat fanatic's dream, Bayley exalts felines in the definitive collection of cat bric-a-brac while presenting many nibbles of feline fancy for all ages. Read full book review >

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FINISH THE STORY, DAD by Nicola Smee
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 12, 1991

"The deftly drawn illustrations are the best feature of this twist on a familiar scenario; Ruby is especially winsome and appealing. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Wakeful Ruby wants the rest of her book now, but Dad is firm: not till tomorrow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE REINDEER by Nicola Killen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"One of those rare birds: an original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm. (Picture book. 2-6)"
On Christmas Eve, a little girl named Ollie meets one of Santa's reindeer. Read full book review >

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THE TUSK FAIRY by Nicola Smee
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"The affectionate narrative is nicely complemented by warmly humorous illustrations in which the toys are as expressive of subtle emotions as the little girl is. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lizzie's knitted Elephant is her favorite toy, but the years have left him so much the worse for wear that she's had to dress him in the other toys' clothes just to hold him together. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOT ME! by Nicola Killen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Playful and satisfying. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This appealing import makes a couple of missteps but still merits consideration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODNIGHT BAXTER by Nicola Edwards
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2004

"Cheerful. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Bright colors in blunt shapes illustrate a new dog's charming insistence that he can't sleep alone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO FOR SORROW by Nicola Upson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Less a reconsideration of the plight of Victorian women and children via the story of Sach and Walters than a study of same-sex love and obsession focusing on Tey's relationships (Angel with Two Faces, 2010, etc.)."
Deep into her research regarding the lives of two executed baby killers, mystery writer Josephine Tey succumbs to a romantic crisis. Read full book review >