Sunday, December 03, 2006

Weekend Reviews (II)

Wow! It's a really busy Sunday out there, with fat Sunday book pages filled with lists and year-end recommendations. Here we go....

Jan Gardner talks to Anita Silvey about her new book, 500 Great Books for Teens, for the Boston Globe. Silvey is a fan of Kenneth Oppel.

Sheryl Connelly recommends "Jolly Good Children's Books" for the New York Daily News. (Book aren't Christmas books, but rather some of the year's best.)

Kirby Larson's Hattie Big Sky, the book that is on the very top of my post-Cybils list, is the Washington Post "Book of the Week."

Nicolette Jones adds to the Christmas lists at the Times. This week she "chooses books to cheer the very young and stories that pack an emotional punch for older readers." She also identifies her top five. They are:
  • Gideon the Cutpurse, by Linda Buckley-Archer
  • Larklight, by Philip Reeve
  • Meerkat Mail, by Emily Gravett
  • Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now, by Lauren Child
  • The Year the Gypsies Came, by Linzi Glass

The Independent has many a review of children's books this week. These include:

The Scotsman reviews Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo's Child Jigsaw Book.

Also in The Scotsman:

You've got to give the Chicago Tribune props for their weekly column "For Young Readers." This week Mary Harris Russell reviews six more titles, including Toys Go Out, The Story of Salt, Incantation, and Yoon and the Christmas Mitten.