Search Results: "Stian Hole"


BOOK REVIEW

GARMANN'S SECRET by Stian Hole
Kirkus Star
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Fans of Hole's mixed-media collages, rendered in a retro-infused, surreal style, will find this book his most beautiful yet. (Picture book. 6-9)"
After tackling the neighborhood bully (Garmann's Street, 2010) and the impending death of his elderly aunts (Garmann's Summer, 2008), Garmann returns in his third discovery of life's universal truths, this time exploring secrets—and first love. Read full book review >

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ANNA’S HEAVEN by Stian Hole
Kirkus Star
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Deeply affecting. (Picture book. 8-11, adult)"
Hole once again tackles the hard issues in children's literature, this time grief, with his now-signature blend of beautiful, thoughtful and quirky images (Garmann's Secret, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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GARMANN’S SUMMER by Stian Hole
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"A mélange of vintage photographs, antique floral prints, patterned backgrounds and realia gives Garmann's discoveries a dreamlike quality, but the surreal effect, as well as the lengthy text, will appeal more to adults than young children. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This translated picture book from Norway, the 2007 BolognaRagazzi Award winner, examines a young boy's anxieties. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARMANN’S STREET by Stian Hole
Kirkus Star
by Stian Hole, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by Don Bartlett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"American readers who look beyond the seemingly quirky illustrations will find a visually stunning tale of friendship. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In another unusual and sensitive intergenerational story, a follow-up to the Batchelder Honor book Garmann's Summer (2008), the anxious, introspective Norwegian boy now frets about Roy, a bully from the fourth grade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT GUARD by Synne Lea
by Synne Lea, illustrated by Stian Hole, translated by John Irons
Released: April 1, 2016

"A quiet, contemplative book that will appeal to introspective children and adults. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
In a series of poems that together make a whole, a child reflects on life's imponderables through the shifting seasons. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 28, 2015

"Superior science writing that eschews the usual fulsome biographies of eccentric geniuses, droll anecdotes and breathless prognostication to deliver a persistently fascinating portrait of an odd but routine feature of the cosmos."
Black holes enthrall physicists and astronomers, as well as Hollywood filmmakers, and readers of this fine popular science account will understand why. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOLE by Øyvind Torseter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2013

"A one-trick pony—and the trick's not all that great. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The Norwegian illustrator of My Father's Arms Are a Boat (2013) pokes a pencil-sized hole through both covers and all 64 pages of this outing—but then doesn't do much with it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE HOLE by G.D. Gearino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Will appeal to readers willing to forego action and suspense in order to delve into the psyches of complex and admittedly endearing characters."
Set in small-town Georgia circa 1969, this exercise in leisurely front-porch storytelling from Gearino (What the Deaf-Mute Heard, 1995, etc.) casts its lot with character over action. Read full book review >

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KILL HOLE by Jamake Highwater
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An original and arresting AIDS allegory, shot through with Native American insight and depth of feeling, but heavy with portentous images and self-seriousness."
Novelist, poet, and essayist Highwater (Myth and Sexuality, 1989, etc.) offers a dark, elegiac modern myth about a young Native American who, as a little boy, is torn from his roots and his true identity; this doomed and lonely protagonist later loses his cultured urban life and his identity as an artist because he falls into the murderous hands of a mysterious and ignorant people. ``My name is Sitko Ghost Horse.'' Numb and terrified, the young painter stands repeating his name before a tribunal of strange, primitive people. Read full book review >

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RABBIT HOLE by Garrett Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2013

"A fast-paced time-travel tale that, ultimately, can't escape the genre."
In the first volume of the time-traveling Paradox series, a team of brilliant scientists and highly trained law enforcement officers fight to keep vigilantes from destroying history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIGGINS HOLE by Kevin Boreen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Steer clear. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
A middle-grade undersea fantasy angles to be a comical clambake but reels in only a damp debacle. Read full book review >