Search Results: "Nicoletta Ceccoli"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VILLAGE OF BASKETEERS by Lynda Gene Rymond
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2005

"A good choice for windy day storytimes or Ana Juan fans. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Glowing, fanciful illustrations animate Rymond's plainly told tale of a village assaulted by a wind so wild that animals have to be tied down and the Moon is blown "out of the clouds." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by Josephine Evetts-Secker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Gorgeous and shining with light throughout. (Picture book/fairytale. 3-6)"
Luminous colors, a deft combination of visual delicacy and richness, and a touch of surrealism make Little Red Riding Hood's adventure a glowing feast for the eyes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Enthralling fare for addicts of myth and fantasy, with short background notes on each type of creature at the end. (Picture book/reference. 11-15)"
Ceccoli's art gives this companion to James Lipton's classic Exaltation of Larks ("ultimate edition" 1991) a distinctly and appropriately otherworldly look. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OSCAR AND THE MOONCATS by Lynda Gene Rymond
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

What is it about cats and moons? Read full book review >