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Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story

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it was ok 2.00  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Brought over by boat from Holland to Manhattan Island, New York, eight-inch-tall Nicholas tours the city with his friend Ann Caraway, seeing an astonishing variety of sights and meeting a wide array of people and enchanted creatures as Christmas time approaches.
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published June 1924 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Abigail
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Newbery Completists / Readers Interested in the Children's Literature Scene in the 1920s
One of two Newbery Honor books selected in 1925 - along with Anne and Dillwn Parrish's The Dream Coach - this holiday fantasy was penned by one of the most influential children's librarians of the early twentieth century, giving it added appeal to those with an interest in the history of children's literature. Despite that fact, and its status as a Newbery title, I found Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story an oddly off-putting little book, and probably would have awarded it only one star, we ...more
Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: newbery-honors
fI have a goal to read every Newbery Award and Honor book - and a year from now there will likely be 400 or more of them. Well, just like the guy who wants to try a delicacy from every culture in the world, he gets a lot of wonderful foods but sometimes just has to plug his nose and swallow. Well, I'm glad I've finished swallowing this book, because it was awful.

I agree with every comment I've read on this book. Why does everyone want to throw Nicholas a party? Why does the theater wait until Ni
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Melissa
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Admission: I only skimmed this , but I read enough outright to state that ideas in this book had great potential. Premise: a very small boy (12-14 inches) named Nicholas travels (why?) from Holland to NYC arriving on Xmas Eve, a time more magical than others - but then this NYC is more magical than most. He hooks up with a couple of people who take him around the city as they finish their shopping - this is in essence a tour book to buildings, monuments, and all sorts of small shops existing the ...more
Josiah
Dec 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story is, in every way I can see, a very unusual book.

The main character Nicholas, who is only eight inches tall, is brought over to New York on a boat from Dutch country and immediately finds himself an assortment of friends and boon companions that is as varied and interesting as is the population of Manhattan. Most of the rest of the book plays out like an extended guided tour of New York City and its surrounding areas, with new friends added for Nicholas—som
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Peter
A live Dutch doll about eight inches tall, named Nicholas, visits a fantasyfied New York City to see the sights.

This book could have been so, so, so good. I love "virtual tour" stories about places I've never been; if this had been a good example of that genre, I would've had no complaints.

Sadly, it's not an example of the genre at all. It belongs to the very close but distinct genre of "tour guide disguised as fiction" - landmarks aren't clearly described, just mentioned offhand, with very spec
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Heather
Sep 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, newbery
I only finished this book because I am trying to read all of the Newbery Honor books. Otherwise, I would have quit early on. The main character is never explained. Why do we have an 8-inch-tall Dutch boy visiting New York? And why does everyone know all about and adore him? Apparently he is based on Ms. Moore's story time doll/puppet, but since that is never explained, the story has even less meaning. Basically, Nicholas is introduced to literary characters in the public library, and statues in ...more
Linds
Apr 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Yaaaawn. This was soooo hard to read. Eight-inch Nicholas is traveling around NYC meeting storybook/mythical people, seeing the sites, and attending parties from Christmas time through Valentine’s (don’t forget George Washington’s birthday, either!). However the narration was done, I could not get involved. I could not care about Nicholas’s travels, even though I think the base idea is decent. (It could be like telling kids who don’t get to travel much about the wonders of New York through the a ...more
Julie
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I agree with the reviewer who said it seemed like a New York travel guide. It's somewhat interesting, but the story does not flow well. In fact, I'm not really sure what the story was about after reading 75 pages. Maybe it would be better reading at Christmas time, but I really don't think so.
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Jul 15, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Anne Carroll Moore (July 12, 1871 – January 20, 1961) was an American educator, writer and advocate for children's libraries.
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