Saturday, April 07, 2007

Weekend Reviews (I)

April continues her fickle ways. It's still in the 20s in Smalltown, but at least we've been spared more of the white stuff. Spring, where are you?

At least there are books and the weekend reviews to keep us company, even if we're a bit stir-crazy and just longing for the sun.

Here's what's on tap so far this weekend:

Elizabeth Ward reviews poetry books for the Washington Post. She begins with some anti-recommendations (Prelutsky's Good Sports among them), before moving on to the good:

  • Here's a Little Poem, edited by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, illustrated by Polly Dunbar. (This one has a great cover.)
  • William Blake, Sterling's Poetry for Young People
  • Today and Today, haiku's by Issa, "arranged by" G. Brian Karas
  • I Saw an Ant in a Parking Lot, by Joshua Prince, illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Brenda Hoerle reviews new animal and environmental books for the Waterloo Record.

Philip Ardagh reviews Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant for the Guardian.

Oops. Somehow I missed the Telegraph's children's book section last week. The Telegraph doesn't review children's books all that often, but when they do--they do it right. Here's what's available online:

Not a review, but Amanda Craig talks to Rick Riordan about the Percy Jackson series. In words of highest praise, Craig has this to say: "If it sounds like an Americanised Harry Potter, think again. Though they share the same formulaic titles, these are distinctive, not derivative, works." I think I love Amanda Craig.

More tomorrow, I'm sure...