Archive for June, 2016

Book Trailer Thursday: Return

Since the release of Caldecott Honor-winner, Journey, in 2013, Aaron Becker has been dazzling readers with exquisitely detailed wordless picture books. In Return (Candlewick), the series finale, Becker’s “dauntless heroine” is back!—this time, with her father. Together, the two journey to the enchanted land of Journey and Quest to take on what Booklist reviewer, Jesse Karp, calls a most “insidious […]

Posted in: Book Trailers
You Looking at Me? It’s the Attack of the #Facecover

You Looking at Me? It’s the Attack of the #Facecover

Used to be book cover imagery was dominated by faceless women: First, cover girls lost their heads, and then they showed some spine. In recent years, publishers have done an about-face, putting mugs front and center. An increasing number of book covers depict the face in extreme, vivid closeup—so close up, at times, that only an eye or a mouth can […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Mac Smith’s Scurry

Webcomics Wednesday: Mac Smith’s Scurry

After all the exciting hubbub of ALA’s annual conference—one of two times a year I talk to more people in one weekend than all other weekends combined (at least that’s what it feels like)—I tend to need some well-earned solitude. What better way to get some quiet than to hunker down with a cinematic, luminescent […]

Hold Onto Your Head! Samurai Rising is a Great Historical Adventure

Hold Onto Your Head! Samurai Rising is a Great Historical Adventure

Lynn: I shouldn’t begin a review with a left-handed compliment, but the real truth is that I don’t think that I would have ever picked up Samurai Rising: the Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune (2016) if I didn’t love Pamela Turner’s writing. If I’m being totally honest, the violent, head-chopping warrior culture of the Samurai period is […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
What She Knows: 5 Great Investigative Narratives Written by Women

What She Knows: 5 Great Investigative Narratives Written by Women

In The New Republic yesterday, journalist Suki Kim wrote a powerful essay about the reception of her last book, Without You, There Is No Us. Just before the book was to be published, Kim discovered that her editor had decided to label it as a memoir, since calling it a work of journalism “would limit its potential readership.” Kim objected to […]

Shelf Evaluation: How to Do Everything

Shelf Evaluation: How to Do Everything

I’ll bet a lot of Booklist staffers curate peculiar collections as they sift and sort through the incoming mail. I’ve always been a sucker for how-to books—but not just any how-to books. You can keep your How to Make Beaded Jewelry and your How to Code C++, thank you very much. I’m only interested in books whose titles […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Chris Cleave Talks about Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

This week on Well Read, author and journalist Chris Cleave will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about his latest novel, released in May, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven (2016). Inspired by his grandparents’ unlikely wartime romance (and the long-distance correspondence it necessitated), Cleave’s work of historical fiction “follows the soul-plumbing journeys […]

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Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter”

From the opening scenes, this season finale was lit. And it belonged to Cercei, who starts the action by blowing up the Sept of Baelor and offing the Church of the Seven (good riddance!), Maester Pycelle (meh) and the Tyrell siblings (nooooo Margaery!) all at once. Tommen, who survives only because Gregor Clegane makes him stay in his room, can’t bear the bloodshed […]

A Snakey Good Time at the Fair

A Snakey Good Time at the Fair

Cindy: Kids hate it when they see a carnival ride that requires them to be a certain height to ride. Those are the GOOD rides. Steven Weinberg understands their pain and approaches the subject with great humor in his picture book, You Must Be This Tall (2016). Two snake friends named Frank and Harold are having fun […]

Reviews of the Week: Margaret Haddix Brown, Aaron Becker, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Margaret Haddix Brown, Aaron Becker, and more!

Children of Exile by Margaret Haddix Brown Rosi, 12, has lived all her life in sheltered Fredtown, a community of adults who took in refugee children to raise them in a safe environment. Her adoptive parents have lovingly raised Rosi and her little brother, Bobo, but always made it clear that one day they—and all the […]