Thumbs up for A Circlet of Oak Leaves by Rosemary Sutcliff. Children’s historical fiction.
A little novella taking place in Roman Britain. A slight book, but beautifully written as I would expect from Sutcliff.
So he took them on, through a vicious squall of slingstones. Where the ground grew too steep to ride they dropped from the horses and ran on, crouching with heads down behind their light bronze-rimmed bucklers.
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Thumbs up for The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Children’s fantasy.
My coworker read and enjoyed this, and he has high standards (higher than mine, in fact), so I felt that the odds were pretty good I’d enjoy it. In fact, it was quite a bit better than I’d expected. Despite the fact that he’s writing for preteens, Riordan doesn’t make the mistake of talking down to his audience.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice by Judy Schachner. Children’s.
I’ve always found the illustrations in the Skippyjon Jones books adorable, and have meant to read one for a while. Well…it was way weirder than I’d expected. I’m not even going to try to summarize: let’s just say I’m glad I don’t have to explain this to a four-year-old.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Rhymes for Annie Rose by Shirley Hughes. Children’s.
The Tom & Lucy books were some of my favorite picture books as a child, and I was delighted to come across another work by Shirley Hughes. I can’t say I find the poetry notable, but her illustrations are suffused with charm as always.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Who Sleeps in the City by Lynne Bertrand. Children’s.
Amusing picture book.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Zoomer by Ned Young. Children’s.
Cute, colorful pictures. I can’t say I think much of the story, or the writing, unfortunately.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard. Children’s.
Awwwww, how adorable.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Gris Grimly. Children’s.
Adorable, wicked, and not quite right: exactly what one would expect and desire from an alphabet book written by Neil Gaiman.
S is for – somewhere – a Skull and its Smile;T is for Treasure heaped into a pile;U are the reader who shivers with dread;W’s warnings went over your head….
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