Sunday, October 29, 2006

Weekend Reviews (II)

A few more reviews have trickled in here and there. Here's a roundup:

Ghosts! The Ultimate Guide for Ghost Hunters, by Richard Brassey, is the Times Children's Book of the Week. (Reviewed by Nicolette Jones)

Mary Harris Russell reviews books "For Young Readers" in the Chicago Tribune. Books reviewed include:
  • Mommy? Art by Maurice Sendak, scenario by Arthur Yorinks, paper engineering by Matthew Reinhart ("Will be most appreciated by Hollywood horror fans, but Sendak is always Sendak, bringing us all to where the wild things are.")
  • So Sleepy Story, by Uri Shulevitz ("This book is so quiet it's difficult to read it much above a whisper.")
  • Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth, by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Neal Layton ("Neal Layton's accompanying drawings are a perfect match for Nicola Davies' prose")
  • Endymion Spring, by Matthew Skelton ("The most compelling part is actually Blake's developing sense of his own gifts and of the personalities of his parents.")
  • Flotsam, by David Wiesner (shows "careful looking shows new vistas")
  • The Adventures of Marco Polo, by Russell Freedman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline ("The larger-than-life scale of Kublai Khan's world comes across strongly, as does the unusual quality of his tolerance for all religions. ")