Saturday, September 30, 2006

Weekend Reviews (1)

I slept in late today and decided to leave the book review roundup until this evening. Boy, am I glad I did...there are many, many reviews out there this weekend so far. They include:

Lorna Bradbury reviews Children's Fantasy for the Telegraph. Titles considered include:

  • Jango, by William Nicholson ("The events rip along, but the real strength of Nicholson's novel [for 10-year-olds and above] lies in its wonderful characters")
  • The Harsh Cry of the Heron, by Lian Hearn ("an involving [and long] adventure, with slick fight scenes, and complex characters")
  • The Curse of Salamander Street, by G P Taylor (Let me just say...eww...she likes it.)
  • Soul Eater, by Michelle Paver ("Readers of eight and above will find the story gripping; it includes attacks by a gnarled, one-eyed madman and, at the novel's climax, a terrifying polar bear.")

Whitney Matheson reviews Young Adult fiction for USAToday. Books reviewed include:

  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, by Barry Lyga (a "deadpan yet heartfelt tale of romance and ambition")
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne ("Boyne's powerful and unsettling story examines the Holocaust from a new perspective.")
  • New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (" piles on the suspense and romance")
  • Runaway, by Wendelin Van Draanen ("Draanen's fast-paced style underlines the urgency of the situation and makes Runaway a quick and effortless read")

Elizabeth Ward's "For Young Readers" is back this week in the Washington Post. New novels and picture book halloween titles are reviewed:

  • Call Me Henri, by Lorraine M. Lopez (a "heartfelt novel")
  • Saint Iggy, by K.L. Going (a "carefully crafted novel" with "wry humor")
  • Mommy?, by Maurice Sendak, Matthew Reinhart, and Arthur Yorinks ("For a book packed with the paraphernalia of horror -- skeletons, shrouds, bats, beetles, moonlit tombstones -- it's all surprisingly joyous.")
  • Oh No, Not Ghosts!, by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Adam McCauley ("a romp")
  • The Cremation of Sam McGee, by Robert Service, illustrated by Ted Harrison ("No poem that I can think of, especially a comic one, was ever rendered so electrifyingly in paint")

Also in the Washington Post, a few more kid-related articles, including:

Geraldine McCaughrean writes about Peter Pan in Scarlett for the Times (not so much a review, but a preview by the author)

Wintersmith, by Terry Pratchett, is the Times' Children's Book of the Week (reviewed by Nicolette Jones)