Sunday, July 15, 2007

Weekend Reviews (I-II)

Hi Everyone! Sorry for the unexplained absence. Our latest rental promised wireless which was not available when we arrived. And I was counting on it to get through a month's worth of e-mails and other things. Oh, well. It has been restored finally and while it's still here, I'll post the weekend reviews.

Philip Ardagh reviews Tunnels, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, for the Guardian. This one is being very heavily marketed in terms of bookstore placement. My daughter read it and pronounced it "okay."

Elizabeth Ward reviews the new Rosemary Wells and three other new picture books for the Washington Post.

Steve Johnson reviews a few new children's books, including Bounce, by Doreen Cronin (illustrations by Scott Menchin), and Summer Ball, by Mike Lupica, for The Wichita Eagle.

It's children's book weekend in the New York Times. Here's what's on tap this month:

The Globe and Mail has posted short reviews of several children's books, compiled by Martin Levin and H. J. Kirchhoff

Lisa O'Kelly reviews new picture books for the Observer.

Tyrannosaurus Drip, by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, is the Times Children's Book of the Week.

Jack and Rebel, The Police Dog, by Jack the dog (as told to Patricia Finney), is the Washington Post KidsPost Book of the Week.

Mary Harris Russell reviews six new books for the Chicago Tribune, including Imagine Harry and Alligator Boy.

There is no way I'm going to weed through the Harry articles this weekend. I simply want to read the book at this point and no article (except, perhaps, this one at the Guardian's book blog) will help. But, there are many good articles devoted to children's books other than Harry out and about this week. They include:

Okay, one more: Marc Horne introduces us to Dumbledore's inspiration--Professor Peter Wiseman--in the Scotsman.

Kate Kellaway talks to my favorite illustrator, Shirley Hughes, for the Guardian.

Aislin O'Connor has conducted a fascinating interview with Meg Rosoff for the ABCNews.

Anne Fine suggests rewriting is better than banning (a propos the Tintin debate) in the Times. I've never been a Tintin fan, so I've not followed the Tintin-is-a-racist debate in the U.K. very closely.

Nikki Tranter gives us a who's who among child writers for PopMatters.