Search Results: "Nina Rycroft"


BOOK REVIEW

ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2010

"At least two will be unfamiliar to kids: a guiro and a contrabassoon. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An alphabetic array of animals dressed in spiffy, sparkly human attire gathers every year in the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool for a dancing competition: affluent alpacas, bears in bright boleros, camels who conga, all the way to wolves and wolverines who do the Watusi and beyond. Read full book review >

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BOOM BAH! by Phil Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Hide the silverware! (Picture book. 2-6)"
Farm animals build a percussion band one "Ting!" at a time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO MORE KISSES! by Margaret Wild
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Simple and sweet. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A cumulative romp through the backyard is further enlivened by tickles and hugs and kisses. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS NINA by Michel Rodrique
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Middle schoolers saddled with mean girls of their own will glory in this one's comeuppance. It wouldn't be such a bad thing to have personal fairies to help with homework, either. (Graphic fantasy. 8-10)"
Trapped in a textbook, Nina, a purple-haired Everygirl, and her turquoise-tressed fairy friend, Sibyl, take an impromptu tour through history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NINA: ADOLESCENCE by Amy Hassinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2003

"Affecting, but lacking real teeth."
A grieving mother uses her daughter as an artistic muse, complicating and ultimately destroying the girl's vulnerable adolescence: an achingly straightforward debut set in the Boston suburbs. Read full book review >

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BOOM BAH by Phil Cummings
by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Nina Rycroft, developed by Kane Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 16, 2012

"The story and illustrations are charming, but the app underutilizes the opportunities presented by the format. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
Pleasant animal characters use household items to create a marching band in this app based on an Australian picture book of the same name (2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEREVER NINA LIES by Lynn Weingarten
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Sibling loyalty, quirky characters, misplaced trust and the very questionable kindness of a stranger guarantee a riveting read. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
In this gripping debut novel, a compulsive cross-country quest for her missing older sister leads 16-year-old Ellie to the terrifying truth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF NINA FINDLAY by Andrea Gillies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"In this middle-aged love triangle, the points take a while to connect."
Through the lens of a failed marriage and a lost love, a flawed but appealing woman recovers her health while dissecting her complicated relationships. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NINA IN THAT MAKES ME MAD by Steven Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A little parental TLC finally calms the storm, as it usually does. (Graphic early reader. 6-8)"
A young child presents a catalogue of timeless irritations and injustices in a 1976 outing with art and text lightly massaged and reformatted for newly independent readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"The first in what promises to be a solid middle-grade series in the tradition of Encyclopedia Brown. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A mystery at the museum is the perfect case for an aspiring fourth-grade detective. Read full book review >

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THE DAY NINA SIMONE STOPPED SINGING by Darina Al-Joundi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2011

"A pitiless, steely narrative, alternately heartbreaking and compelling."
The story of one woman's reckless and liberated adolescence in the brutal atmosphere of 1970s and '80s Beirut. 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 >