Sunday, November 12, 2006

Weekend Reviews (III)

In rounding up the remaining reviews of this weekend, here's what I've found:

Elizabeth Ward is back in the Washington Post Book World with a new "For Young Readers" column. Here's what she reviewed this week.
  • Probuditi!, by Chris Van Allsburg ("entirely satisfying")
  • Snow Globe Family, by Jane O'Conner (a "wry take on the big-little theme")
  • Winter Song, illustrated by Melanie Hall ("The effect is magical, slowing the poem down and letting the paintings ignite it line by line")

Sherlock Holmes and The Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas,
by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin, is the Washington Post "Book of the Week

Scaredy Squirrel, by Melanie Watt, is the Times "Children's Book of the Week."

Mary Harris Russell reviews children's books for the Chicago Tribune. This week she considers the following titles:

  • To Dance, by Siena Cherson Siegel, illustrated by Mark Siegel ("Siegel shares the books and movies that inspired her, as well as the ups and downs of family life")
  • Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters, by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Andre Carrilho
  • The Runaway Dinner, by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman ("Certainly serves to animate the subject of any evening's meal")
  • Probuditi!, by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Once Upon a Banana, by Jennifer Armstrong, illustrated by David Small ("Lots of leaping paths for little fingers to follow")
  • The Summer of the Pike, by Jutta Richter, translated from German by Anna Brailovsky ("Fishing and the discovery of depths are the metaphors dominating this understated narrative")