Saturday, September 24, 2005

Operation Red Jericho

The Times Children's Book of the Week is Operation Red Jericho. Now this one caught my eye a week or so ago because of its definite resemblance to my beloved moleskine notebook, only red.

Nicolette Jones in reviewing Red Jericho indicates that it is worth another look. Written by Joshua Mowll, Jones says, "the strengths of the tale are the frantic action and the larger-than-life characters, including a wise-cracking American aviatrix whose quips take the sting out of the dangers and horrors." Moreover, the book claims "to be a notebook and associated papers inherited by the author from his late aunt, giving an account of her adventures with her rebellious brother in their youth in the Far East in the 1920s, after their parents have gone missing." There are maps, and drawings, and other documentary material included with the notebook. (This must be the reason why there are three illustrators: Juleck Heller, Niroot Puttapipat, and Benjamin Mowll.)

My book list is getting longer and longer, though I doubt this purchase will be a waste of money. My daughter will love this one for sure.