Saturday, May 05, 2007

Weekend Reviews (I)

I hope this first weekend of May is treating you all well. Here's a roundup of the early reviews:

Josh Lacey reviews China Mieville's Un Lun Dun for the Guardian.

Elizabeth Ward reviews books with animal protagonists for the Washington Post. Titles considered include:
  • Tiger's Story, by Harriet Blackford
  • My Cat Copies Me, by Yoon-duck Kwon
  • Old Mother Bear, by Victoria Miles
  • White Owl, Barn Owl, by Nicola Davies
  • The Zoo, by Suzy Lee

Amanda Craig reviews three thrillers for teens in the Times. Books reviewed include:

  • Verdigris Deep, by Frances Hardinge (Wow! Is this one out now? Here's what Craig has to say about it: "Three modern teenagers, Ryan, Josh and Chelle, are stranded one evening until Josh climbs down a well and steals some coins for their bus fare. But the well is haunted by a witch: soon Ryan is growing eyes in his hands, Josh makes lights explode and Chelle babbles other people's thoughts. " Craig also says it's more impressive than Fly By Night, which I liked but thought was too long and too married to its structural conceit. So, yay!!)
  • Hybrids, by David Thorpe
  • Being, by Kevin Brooks

Brenda Hoerle reviews three new books for the Waterloo Record: The Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr, by Nicolas Debon; Oliver Has Something to Say!, by Pamela Edwards and illustrated by Louis Pilon; and The Handbook of Pirates, by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown.

More tomorrow...