Saturday, September 16, 2006

Weekend Reviews

Here's a roundup of the early weekend reviews.

Elizabeth Ward reviews many a book "For Young Readers" in the Washington Post this week. Books considered include:
  • The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor ("The bloodiest rewrite in meticulously imagined that it takes on a compelling life of its own")
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, new edition illustrated by Alison Jay ("lighter, brighter and prettier than the Tenniel originals")
  • Bread and Roses, by Katherine Paterson ("Although she is passionately, and properly, on the side of the downtrodden, she is a good enough storyteller that she just can't help introducing interesting, complicated characters such as the kindly teacher who's also anti-union...")
  • The Runaway Dinner, by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman
  • The Big Bad Wolf and Me, by Delphine Perret ("The cartoon-style drawings and quick-fire dialogue are a delight.")
  • While You Are Sleeping, by Alexis Deacon ("tender, shadowy pastels")
  • J.A. Teddy, by John Alfred Rowe ("frankly old-fashioned text...quirky illustrations")

Kristi Jemtegaard reviews children's audiobooks with London as their setting. (Washington Post) Titles reviewed include:

  • The Death Collector, by Justin Richards ("Highly cinematic descriptions, rapid scene shifts and gothic horror make this an ideal title for audio interpretation.")
  • The Case of the Missing Marquess, by Nancy Springer ("secret ciphers, letters discovered in picture frames, clues disguised in the hidden meanings of flowers, kidnappings, incarceration on the docks, daring escapes and more, much more.")

Diane Samuels reads Meg Rosoff's latest novel, Just in Case, for the Guardian. ("a vibrant, questioning and unpredictable read. At once great fun and rather disturbing.")

Frozen Fire, by Tim Bowler is the Times Children's Book of the Week (reviewed by Nicolette Jones: "gasp-inducing chapter ends, and its capacity to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck")