- John Schwartz reviews The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick ("It's enough to say that 'Hugo Cabret' sits at the nexus of magic and storytelling and film...") There's an awesome web special related to this review: Video: 'A Trip to the Moon,' by Georges Melies (1902. Courtesty of archive.org)
- Finally. Someone appreciates the genius of Nicola Davies. Richard Conniff reviews Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth (ill. by Neal Layton).
- Kerry Fried reviews Ysabeau S. Wilce's Flora Segunda.
- This week's Bookshelf is devoted to children's books. Many blog favorites are included, such as How We Are Smart, What Elephant?, and The Police Cloud.