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:
- Ann Hodgman reviews two grammar books for children, including Lynne Truss's The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can’t Manage Without Apostrophes!
- Jessica Bruder reviews a blog favorite (and my top choice so far for 2007 picture books), I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, by Kevin Sherry. She also reviews J.Patrick Lewis's newest title, Big is Big (and Little, little): A Book of Contrasts
- James Hynes reviews Michelle Paver's Soul Eater. (An audio selection and an interview with Michelle Paver are also available on the same page.)
- Michele Pinczuk provides a capsule review of a teen self-help book by Marc Gellman, called Someday You'll Thank Me for This! And Other Annoying (but True) Life Lessons.
- Rebecca Zirkin reviews The O.K. Book, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- This week's Bookshelf is devoted to children's books, including among them The Game, by Diana Wynne Jones
The Globe and Mail has posted short reviews of several children's books, compiled by Martin Levin and H. J. Kirchhoff
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.
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.