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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"When the tension- and suspense-free climax finally occurs, it's hard to care. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Focusing on secondary characters from This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous (2008), this companion novel falls flat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

THE REAL PLATO JONES by Nina Bawden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"The conclusion may be a bit tidy; but the path that Bawden's wonderfully individual characters take to it has enough unexpected turns to keep readers enthralled, while the subtext concerning the vexed nature of heroism—and nationality—is provocatively explored. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When Plato (Jane's supportive friend in The Outside Child, 1989) accompanies his mother Maria to her father Nikos's funeral in rural Greece, Plato's self-image is thrown into chaos. 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

GRANNY THE PAG by Nina Bawden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1996

"As for the Pag—she may be one of the most eccentric, most beautifully drawn grandmothers to appear on either side of the Atlantic in some time. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An inspiring coming-of-age tale that's also a sweet transgenerational love story. Read full book review >