- "'I write very short sentences, intentionally easy to read,' O'Shaughnessy says. 'I have no interest in writing something that only academics can read and understand. I always want to try to reach the unreachable reader, to put a book into a kid's hands, without using the phrase that I hate: 'Hey kids, reading is good for you.' I think that is the worst thing you can say to reluctant readers'"
Susan Perren considers five new books for children in the Globe and Mail, including Lynne Truss's The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes! and In the Tracks of a Panda, by Nick Dowson.
This just in (thanks, Kelly F.): Susan Carpenter reviews A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban, in the Los Angeles Times.