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
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:
- Andrew McKie reviews new fantasy titles, including Un Dun Lun, by China Mieville
- Lorna Bradbury considers new picture books, including Emily Gravett's newest book
- Judith Woods reviews books for that series-obsessed 7-to-10-year-old reader.
- Toby Clements reviews new adventure stories, including Philip Reeve's Here Lies Arthur (I am in a bookstore RIGHT NOW, and am going to see if this one's out in the U.S. yet when the post is complete.)
- I can't make this title any better than it is: "Helen Brown on detectives, chick-lit and enlightenment"
- Dinah Hall considers rounds up her favorites of the season in all categories
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...