Search Results: "Nicoletta Simborowski"


BOOK REVIEW

SÉBASTIEN ROCH by Octave Mirbeau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2000

"Mirbeau's superbly controlled period piece is, accordingly, both a keen portrayal of the idealism and solipsism of youth and a welcome reminder of the genius of a writer who has probably always been rather seriously underrated."
The "decadent" Mirbeau (1848-1917) is best known for his florid exercises in sensuality, Torture Garden and The Diary of a Chamber-maid (this latter the source of two famous films). Read full book review >

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THE COMPLETE FAIRY TALES OF CHARLES PERRAULT by Charles Perrault
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 15, 1993

"It's grand to have the real thing in such fine new dress—an essential reference for folklore collections, in attractive format that's sure to appeal to young readers. (Folklore. 5+)"
An intelligent new translation of all 11 stories, true to the original (the three verse tales have, sensibly, been rendered as prose, but the morals are in lively verse) and doubly welcome since the only other edition of merit in print (Dover, 1969, paper only) omits three of the tales. Read full book review >

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OLGA THE CLOUD by Nicoletta Costa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A beguiling ode to gentle rain. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A cloud's gotta do what a cloud's gotta do. Read full book review >

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HOW ROBIN SAVED SPRING by Debbie Ouellet
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"But Ceccoli supplies some beautifully Renaissance compositions and a lovely pale palette that modulates beautifully from winter to spring, which compensate pretty well for narrative weaknesses. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An original pourquoi tale presents Lady Winter, who's distinctly reluctant to yield to slumbering Sister Spring, and a bevy of animals who work to thwart her. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE TREE THAT WOULD NOT SHARE by Nicoletta Costa
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"A smart story of good news leading to grace. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little tree is protectively proprietary about his leaves until late autumn surprises him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Keaney displays some interesting if bleak ideas; it's to be hoped that next time he can do them justice. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Coincidence, magic, angels, demons and flat characters muddle through the third and final volume of this series. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL IN THE TOWER by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 2016

"Lacks the nuance of such exemplars as Astrid Lindgren's Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (1983) or Sharon Creech's The Castle Corona (2007). (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Will a beautiful young girl locked up in a tower be an ingredient in the spell to fulfill a wicked queen's wish for beauty, or will she be the queen's undoing? Read full book review >

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THE BOO! BOOK by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Although much talent is evident in this creative pairing, the result lacks overall appeal for the picture-book crowd; save for children with patience and a taste for the surreal. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An engaging narrator, together with magical illustrations that often conjure surreal scenes, lets readers in on all there is to know about haunted books and how to be a good owner of one. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL IN THE CASTLE INSIDE THE MUSEUM by Kate Bernheimer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"A bit of a mystical allegory, but also an invitation too good to decline for the fairy-tale lovers among us. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The princess-like girl of the title is lonely within her idyllic, sequestered world until she is visited by children, either in dreams or in reality. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Those who enjoy books like The Giver or the Uglies trilogy will want to give this a try, and will be drawn into the world enough to wait for the action despite some inconsistencies of time line and backstory. (author's note) (Fantasy. YA)"
Dystopia and allusions to The Divine Comedy make for a heady combination, but much of this first-in-a-trilogy fails to go beyond setup. Read full book review >

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FIREFIGHTERS IN THE DARK by Dashka Slater
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2006

"Endearingly, Slater captures a young child's view of the world and a very different role for firefighters than usually seen by this audience. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ceccoli's beautiful, lyrical illustrations, in acrylics and pastels, give a mythic quality to Slater's tale of firefighting derring-do, told by a little girl snugly asleep in her bed and imagining where the sirens are going. Read full book review >

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HORNS AND WRINKLES by Joseph Helgerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2006

"Ceccoli's jewel-eyed spot illustrations don't make this a worthwhile purchase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
On a stretch of the Mississippi River between Blue Wing, Minn. and Big Rock, Wis., magic still works thanks to a bluewing fairy's sacrifice. Read full book review >