Search Results: "Nina Munk"


BOOK REVIEW

THE IDEALIST by Nina Munk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Trenchant and thought-provoking."
A journalist's probing account of renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs' Utopian experiment in ending global poverty. 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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

FAMILIES ARE DIFFERENT by Nina Pellegrini
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Warm, attractive, and useful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In her first children's book, Pellegrini takes on the voice of her younger adopted daughter, Nico, who explains that she and her sister come from Korea; they don't look like their parents- -''I grew in someone else's belly, but my mom and dad are the ones who promised to love and take care of me forever.'' Comparing her family to others she knows, Nico discovers nine other patterns—varied in size, color, composition, and family resemblances—all ``glued together with...love.'' Like real people, the ones in Pellegrini's serviceable illustrations are a little homely, but they effectively communicate their mutual affection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FATHERLAND by Nina Bunjevac
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"The personal perspective humanizes historical currents that might otherwise seem abstract and inexplicable to American readers."
An ambitious graphic memoir that succeeds on a number of different levels. Read full book review >