Reviews & Press

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Here you will find interviews, reviews, and other bits of media related to my work in reverse chronological order:

For IF I HAD A GRYPHON:

Vikki VanSickle’s first picture book is an outstanding success. The humorous storyline, the strong rhyming scheme, and the bold illustrations by Cale Atkinson make If I Had a Gryphon a marvellous addition to the picture book genre. Sure to be a favourite among fantasy fans and those contemplating what their perfect pet might be—mythical or otherwise! ” CM Magazine 

VanSickle delivers lean, bouncy verse and an impressive array of offbeat creatures, while Atkinson’s illustrations are bold and hint at dynamic motion. . .brisk and bright. “ Kirkus Reviews

VanSickle’s rhymes are unflaggingly exuberant as the girl puts up with noisy harpies, biting chupacabras, and mischievous fairies, and Atkinson fills the pages with visual comedy. ” Publisher’s Weekly Review

“VanSickle uses catchy and clever rhymes to move the story briskly along, while Atkinson captures perfectly the mounting frustration and dismay of the resourceful but increasingly dispirited heroine..A great read-aloud that will get children excited to learn about the amazing creatures that can be found within the pages of a book. ” School Library Journal

“A delightful book.” Globe and Mail 

“Books Your Kids Will Actually Like, Chosen by The People Who Know.” Slate.com 

Global Morning Interview

 

http://globalnews.ca/video/embed/2566866/
Canada AM interview

Roger’s TV- Oxford County Living interview, March 2016

Five Questions Q&A Avery & Augustine 

Interview & review at Fab Book Reviews

Interview & review at Books are My Fandom

The Book Wars review 

“If you’ve ever wished for an exciting pet or would have cursed someone to be in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, this book is for you.” Bellsie Books

“Though the roster of books about unconventional pets is lengthy, few pack in as many candidates as this one. Kids are sure to get a kick out of this practical glimpse at magical creatures.” Booklist

“This book is perfect for the kid who has a boundless imagination.” Mary Had a Little Library 

“[I]t will no doubt be the gateway book to kids reading Harry Potter. It is the perfect storybook for instilling a love for imaginative and creative ideas! ” Picky Pages Project

“I think this is one of the best children’s books I have read recently and I loved the rhyming pattern. ” Read Jezire Read

“Vikki Van Sickle’s bouncy, rhyming verse begs to be read aloud.  With its funny and offbeat humour, If I Had a Gryphon is the perfect choice for readers yearning for a furry or fantasy pet of their own. ” National Reading Campaign Review 

Storytime Spotlight podcast interview 

Canadian Children’s Book News June 2016 Interview 

The Narrative Causality 

She’s Got Books On Her Mind

Little Bird

Pickle Me This 

For SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS: 

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Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. The Montreal Gazette. July 2014.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Cherry Blossoms and Maple Syrup. May 2014.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review Squinklebooks March 2015.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. On Page 394.  April 17, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights. The Fun Librarian. October 28, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights on CTV Kitchener’s Province-Wide Summer Reading List. July 29, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights: A Profound Sense of Place. Regina Leader-Post. July 6, 2013.

Third Hand Bookstore Book of the Week: Summer Days, Starry Nights

Summer Days, Starry Nights. Toronto Star Review. August 18, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights. Winnipeg Press Review. August 17th, 2013.

A Breath of Summer: Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Bookish Notions. July 5, 2013

Review: Summer Days, Starry Nights. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. July 5, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Quill and Quire. June 2013

Canadian Children’s Book Centre: List of LGBTQ Books for Kids and Teens (Days That End in Y)

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Edge of Seventeen. June 21, 2013

Q&A with Edge of Seventeen Blog. June 21, 2013

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. Your Hidden Shelf. June 17, 2013.

Summer Days, Starry Nights Review. CanLit for Little Canadians. June 11, 2013.

Groovin’ to the 60s at Summer Days, Starry Nights Launch: Recap. Bookish Notions. May 31, 2013.

For DAYS THAT END IN Y

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Toronto Public Library: The Book on the Shelf, Spirit Day 2014 Edition 

CBC Books: If You Love Judy Blume, You’ll Love…Days That End in Y.  May 30, 2014.

Marty Chan, YA Writers on Shakespeare. The Next Chapter. CBC Books. April 21, 2014.

Resource Links Magazine Best Books of 2013: Fiction Grades 7-12

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Family Literacy Day 2014 Reading List

YA PRIDE: Days That End in Y. More Than Just Magic. June 18th, 2013.

Days That End in Y Review. Misbehavin’ Librarian. March 3, 2013.

Days That End in Y Review. CanLit for Little Canadians. March 1, 2013.

Five Star Review: Days That End in Y. Rachelle Delaney Tumblr. February 21, 2013.

Days That End in Y Review. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. February 12, 2013.

Woodstock’s Top 40 Under 40. Oxford Shopping News. June 29, 2012.

Children’s Author Talks Value of Books with Local Readers. Prince Albert Daily Herald. May 9, 2012.

Vikki VanSickle has Seen the Highs of Having Several Books Published and the Lows of the Dozens Manuscripts Rejected. Saint Thomas Times Journal. March 26, 2012.

See if you can find me in this slideshow of pictures from the 2012 Book Lovers Ball via The Globe and Mail. Feb 2011.

Review of C Comme Catastrophe in Le Courrier. Dec 2011.

Fab Books of the Year Part 2. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews. Dec 2011.

Proust Questionnaire. Open Book Toronto. Dec 2011.

For LOVE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD:

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Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Squinklebooks March 2015.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Bookish Notions. April 12, 2013.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. CanLit for Little Canadians Blog Review.  Nov 19, 2011.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Keen Readers Blog Review. Dec 2011.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. CM Magazine. Dec 2011.

Book signing Children’s Author Visits with Home Town Fans. By John Tapley. Woodstock Sentinel Review. Nov 13, 2011.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Pass the Chiclets Blog. Oct 19, 2011.

Love is a Four-Letter Word Review. Fabbity Fab Book Reviews Blog.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Knows Lots of B Words. Quillblog.Sue Carter Flinn. July 29, 2011.

For WORDS THAT START WITH B:

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Squinklebooks Review. March 2015

Book a Day Calendar: A Month of Family Reading Suggestions. Huffington Post Canada. June 5, 2014.

Words That Start With B Review. Bookish Notions.  March 30th, 2013.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s review. July 18, 2001.

Sitting By The Ocean blog review. July 20, 2011.

Reederreads blog review. July 1, 2011.

Professionally Speaking: Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers Review. June, 2011.

Quill & Quire Review. Sept 2010.

Lavender Lines Blog Review. April 21, 2011.

Keepin’ it Real Book Club Blog Review.  April 3, 2011.

Pass the Chiclets Blog Review. March 29, 2011.

Whatchareading Blog Review. March 27, 2011.

Mere’s Blog Review. March 7, 2011.

10 Questions with Vikki VanSickle. Woozles Blog. Feb 14, 2011

Waterloo Region Record Review. Jan 29, 2011.

CM Magazine Review. Jan 14, 2011.

CTV British Columbia Best Books for Under the Tree. Dec 9th, 2010

Word of Mouse Book Reviews. Dec 12th, 2010.

Woodstock Author Writes About “Heavy Issues”. By Heather Rivers. Woodstock Sentinel Review. November 9th 2010.

Children’s text short list explores diversity. By Beverly Brenna. The StarPhoenix. November 6 2010.

CBC Books: The Book Club Podcast. November 5th 2010.

Shelf Elf Review. October 26, 2010

Author Interview with Rachelle Delaney. October 8, 2010.

Toronto Tuesdays Interview with Claudia Osmond. October 5, 2010.

Library of Clean Reads Review. October 2, 2010.

“Hunger Games Reaches the Twilight Zone” by Rachelle Delaney. Globe and Mail, Saturday September 25th, 2010.

Ten Questions With Vikki VanSickle- Open Book Toronto

Scholastic Book Fair Author Spotlight

6 thoughts on “Reviews & Press

  1. Shaun MacDonald says:

    Hi Vikki,

    Steph ordered me a copy of ‘C comme Catastrophe’ for my classroom library. I’d like to get a copy of it for our school library as well (we already have the english version in the library). Just curious, do you ever get out to schools to speak to kids about writing and being an author? If you do, would you ever consider coming to St. Thomas (I’m teaching at Pierre Elliott Trudeau there)?

    Congrats on all your success!

    Shaun MacDonald

  2. Edna Johnson / Library Technician says:

    I work in a middle school library. Would you consider Words that start with B / C comme Catastrophe / Love is a four-letter word / days that end in Y a series and if so, is there a specific order they should be read in or could they be read as stand alone novels.

    • vikkivansickle says:

      Hi Edna! Yes, they are a loose series following two middle schoolers from garde 7-8, but they can be read as stand-alones. The order is Words That Start With B, Love is a Four-Letter Word, and then Days That End in Y.

      • nawal says:

        I just read your book for summer days, starry nights. I absolutely loved it, it was inspiring. I hope I get to go, to see who wins the award. I really wish you do. Great job!
        Please respond to my letter

      • vikkivansickle says:

        Thank you for reading Summer Days, Starry Nights! If you do come to the award ceremony please come and say hello, we can talk about our favourite characters 🙂

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