Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from October 3 through October 7 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, October 3
Animals by the Numbers, by Steve Jenkins
Caldecott Honor–winner Jenkins is well-known for his paper collage artwork and for deploying fascinating animal facts in easily digestible picture book formats. This volume, composed of a series of captivating infographics, ups the ante.
Tuesday, October 4
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien
Thien’s new novel, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, begins in a blur of confusion and death. The story opens up from a child’s fragmentary understanding of her immediate and painful surroundings to an omniscient and riveting account of an extended family’s joys and struggles under Chairman Mao.
Wednesday, October 5
A Well-Mannered Young Wolf, by Matthieu Maudet
Sometimes good manners can backfire, as a young wolf discovers when he goes hunting alone in the forest for the first time. He quickly catches a rabbit, but the polite wolf grants him a “last wish.” The rabbit wants a story. Does the wolf happen to have a book with him?
Thursday, October 6
Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
The unnamed narrator in Smith’s agile and discerning bildungsroman is entranced and provoked by a Fred Astaire dance number in the movie Swing Time. “Swing time” is also a feat her narrator performs as she pivots from the disastrous present back to the past.
Friday, October 7
History Is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera
After Griffin and Theo break up, after Theo moves to California for college, and even after Theo finds a new boyfriend in Jackson, Griffin continues to believe that they’ll end up together. Then Theo drowns, and all that’s left for Griffin is their fugitive history together.