Sunday, May 21, 2006

NY Times Book Reviews

In a special children's book section of the May 14 NY Times Book Review, these books (among other picture books and a few nonfiction) got reviewed: THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, 1st page of the section, glowing; GOSSAMER, positive; THE WRIGHT 3, two thumbs down; THE BOOK THIEF, "brilliant and hugely ambitious." More from the review of THE BOOK THIEF: "But it's the kind of book that can be life-changing, because without ever denying the essential amorality and randomness of the natural order, "The Book Thief" offers us a believable, hard-won hope. That hope is embodied in Liesel, who grows into a good and generous person despite the suffering all around her, and finally becomes a human even Death can love. The hope we see in Liesel is unassailable, the kind you can hang on to in the midst of poverty and war and violence. Young readers need such alternatives to ideological rigidity, and such explorations of how stories matter. And so, come to think of it, do adults."

Sounds like a must-read. And a good antidote for Yonwood.

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