Search Results: "Nina Pellegrini"


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

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"Entertaining for a specific audience."
A bubbly combination hunting memoir and how-to guide, with some stellar recipes. Read full book review >

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CLOWNS ON VACATION by Nina Laden
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Ladeeeeez and Gentlemen: better sit down, before you fall down laughing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What do clowns do to unwind? 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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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Nina Töwe
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2017

"An imaginative, dramatic, and surprising rendition of Jack's famous adventure. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In this stylish retelling of the classic folk tale, penniless Jack climbs a magical beanstalk, outsmarts a greedy giant, and restores family fortunes. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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

EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 15, 2014

"An absorbing Hollywood read. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Los Angeles native and budding production designer Emi is at a turning point. Read full book review >