Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from August 24–28 below, so you can revisit the best of the week.
Monday, August 24
The Day the Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
The crayons are back! Well, not all of them. Some of them are scattered hither and yon, and although they’d certainly like to return to Duncan, they’ll need his help for that. Happily, all have had access to postcards, which arrive for the boy in a single packet. These cards aren’t of the “wish-you-were-here” variety. See, Maroon Crayon has been lost under the couch since Duncan’s dad sat on him and broke him in half.
Tuesday, August 25
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, by R. J. Palacio
As Palacio explains in the introduction to this collection of three previously published e-book stories, calls for a sequel to Wonder (2012) are both frequent and ineffective—it’s not going to happen. Instead, she offers these deeper looks at three minor characters. In the abstract, it makes sense; the point of Wonder, after all, was about looking behind surfaces to find the nuance.
Wednesday, August 26
Idyll Threats, by Stephanie Gayle
After a devastating loss as a New York City cop, Thomas Lynch decides to start over as small-town police chief in Idyll, Connecticut. But small towns have big secrets, and when Cecilia North’s corpse is found on the town’s golf course, more than one resident has cause to withhold information about the night she was killed. Lynch is among them. He saw Cecilia hours before she died, but to explain the circumstances, he would have to tell his officers that he is gay.
Thursday, August 27
Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life, by Diana Nyad
While Nyad has been a household name since 1975, when, at the age of 26, the swimmer famously circled the island of Manhattan (breaking the record by nearly an hour), and while the world was captivated by her successful completion—on her fifth attempt—of the nearly impossible, first-ever Cuba-to-Florida swim in 2013, at age 64, in just under 53 hours, casual observers might not fully comprehend the astonishing athleticism, force of will, and attention to detail she brought to bear until they finish this remarkable account.
Friday, August 28
The Story of Diva and Flea, by Mo Willems and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
Diva is a tiny white dog who lives in a grand, old apartment building in Paris, France. As the pet of the building’s gardienne, she patrols the courtyard, making sure that all is well. Flea, on the other hand, is a large cat who roams Paris’ streets. He is a great flâneur—“someone (or somecat) who . . . has seen everything, but still looks for more, because there is always something more to discover.”