Search Results: "Nina Chordas"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TIME OF WOMEN by Elena Chizhova
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"For Western readers unfamiliar with Russian/Soviet history, an especially dramatic read."
The American publication of a Russian Booker Prize-winning political novel, translated by Simon Patterson and Nina Chordas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEEK-A BOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A good-enough choice for parents and teachers to use to get the youngest goblins excited about many adults' favorite holiday while introducing sophisticated, though still one-syllable, vocabulary. (Board book. 1-3)"
Laden puts a Halloween spin on her successful wordplay board books, Peek-a-Who? (2000) and Peek-a-Zoo! (2014). Read full book review >

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BELOW by Nina Crews
by Nina Crews, photographed by Nina Crews
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Alternating views of Jack on the white, brightly lit steps above with Guy suspended in near darkness below, Crews expertly captures the mini-episode's drama, as well as the inexhaustible possibilities of stairs as playscapes. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Using a mix of manipulated photography and line drawing, Crews places a lad with a wooden toy companion on a painted staircase next to a small, enticing hole. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROMEOW AND DROOLIET by Nina Laden
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Readers fond of Mary Jane Auch's equally clever animal send-ups, from Poultrygeist (2003) on, will be rolling in the aisles. (Picture book. 7-9)"
With "a wag of the tail to Shakespeare," Laden recasts the star-crossed lovers as house pets—albeit in a mix of modern and Renaissance courtly dress in the dashing, canted-perspective illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEEK-A-ZOO! by Nina Laden
by Nina Laden, illustrated by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"While the first book executed this gimmick more successfully (there are only so many words that rhyme with 'Boo'), this companion title is a welcome pairing. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
The follow-up to the long-lived and much-loved Peek-a-Who? (2000) is finally here. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKY-HIGH GUY by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2010

"The spare text hits just the right notes, and, along with the full-bleed photos of regular (and adorable) kids in a regular (and lushly leafy) backyard, captures the childhood thrill of believing, if only for a while, that poor, steadfast Guy might really be in terrible danger and that only boy heroes could ever save the day. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this winning companion to Below (2006), Crews tells a simple story-in-photographs of two brothers, Jack and Gus, and their serene action figure, Guy, who's amenable to any kind of adventure from dinosaur hunting (on the bookshelf between Seabiscuit and Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary) to saving the city from destruction to ("Oh, no!") getting caught in a backyard tree while skydiving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I'LL CATCH THE MOON by Nina Crews
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"In style and setting, this book is virtually a repeat of Crews's One Hot Summer Day (1995), but its star-drenched, dreamlike mood gives it a totally different emotional content. (Picture book. 4+)"
A girl's wish to build a ladder from her New York City apartment to the moon is vividly brought to life through ingenious photo-collages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DADDY WRONG LEGS by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Good, silly fun. (Board book. 2-4)"
A split-page board book allows readers to mix and match the upper bodies and legs of animal daddies, a skeleton father and a human dad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2011

"Crews' fans will be delighted; others will be drawn in by the nifty mix of folktale and photo-collage. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)"
A contemporary urban version of the ancient tale of beans and boy, with spiky parts rounded off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBERTO THE INSECT ARCHITECT by Nina Laden
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Buy for Laden's many adult fans or those who particularly admire her wry illustrations for Walter Deans Myers's new Blues of Flats Brown (p. 121). (Picture book. 7-9)"
A sometimes heavy-handed and knowing story about a humble small-town termite who "went against the grain." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN PIGASSO MET MOOTISSE by Nina Laden
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Laden further lightens the story with goofy wordplay—moosterpiece, pork of art—that adds little when the quality of the artwork and the book's detonation of color are already such pleasures. (Picture book. 4-10)"
During their youthful art wars in Paris, Picasso and Matisse had a brief falling out after a competitive spat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU ARE HERE by Nina Crews
by Nina Crews, photographed by Nina Crews
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This is a slice of real life, that makes a child's fanciful interludes part of every day. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Crews (Snowball, 1997, etc.) starts with a rainy day and two girls, Joy and Mariah are stuck inside and so dream up a game_they will go on a trip. Read full book review >