Search Results: "Nina Crews"


BOOK REVIEW

NINA by Alice Brière-Haquet
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A good introduction to Simone's life, from her early love of music to her rise to the status of legend. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A biography about the legendary singer told as a lullaby from Simone to her daughter. 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 >

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ONE HOT SUMMER DAY by Nina Crews
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"The first-person narration is simple, written in a colloquial present-tense, and progresses with the pictures to the dramatic, cooling storm. (Picture book. 2+)"
The debut of a welcome new voice and vision, in photographs of a steamy summer cityscape and remembrances of the hottest of days. Read full book review >

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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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOWBALL by Nina Crews
by Nina Crews, illustrated by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It's a short tale entirely from a child's-eye view—from a child's heart—and a celebration of snow, play, and city. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A spirited companion to Crews's debut, One Hot Summer Day (1995), that begins with endpapers that capture a wintry New York City in 18 city snowscapes arranged in a checkerboard. Read full book review >

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHER GOOSE by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Opening and closing with rooftop views of Brooklyn (look for the goose), this gathering of common and not-so-common rhymes will be a hit with young readers and pre-readers in any setting, urban or otherwise. (source note) (Nursery rhymes. 3-7)"
Crews connects 41 nursery rhymes to full-spread, skillfully manipulated photo-collages depicting a multi-age cast of marvelously expressive children at play in various sunny, well-kept Brooklyn locales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This simple book is certain to delight young onlookers and anyone familiar with Crews's other creations. (Picture book. 4-6)"
PLB 0-688-16795-0 A High, Low, Near, Far, Loud, Quiet Story (24 pp.; $16.00; PLB $15.93; Oct.; 0-688-16794-2; PLB 16795-0) Crews (You Are Here, 1998, etc.) explores opposites that are a part of a child's daily experience; the full-color labeled photographs are ideal for pick-and-point toddlers and younger lap-sitters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEIGHBORHOOD SING-ALONG by Nina Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"A collection that begs to be sung in all neighborhoods—city stoops or country front-porch swings alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A hop, skip and a jump away from The Neighborhood Mother Goose (2003), Crews once again places classic nursery fare in the middle of bright, bustling Brooklyn streets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT CREWS by Thomas Berger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 1994

"A shaggy-man story with an ambiguous denouement that, in retrospect, turns the rest of the tale into one long set-up line."
Berger continues his postmodern traversal of the Harvard Classics (Orrie's Story, 1990) with a blow-by-blow American remake of Robinson Crusoe. Read full book review >