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 March 6 through 10 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Monday, March 6
Triangle, by Mac Barnett
Triangle is up to no good—you can see it in his shifty eyes. The understated humor hinges on details in the minimalistic artwork, and story elements that defy reader expectation. Klassen’s watercolor-and-graphite illustrations have a stamplike quality, which build distinct landscapes with squares and triangles painted in rocky grays, slate blues, and the peachy reds of marble. The simple sentences and repetition are perfect for a young audience.
Tuesday, March 7
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope
Two seasoned experts with very different backgrounds present a practical and encouraging guide to combating global warming. Upbeat, pragmatic, eloquent, and supremely well-informed, Bloomberg and Pope present striking statistics, cogently describe diverse examples of energy reforms and innovations across the U.S. and around the world, and make clear on both personal and social levels why a low-carbon future is possible, necessary, and of great benefit to everyone.
Wednesday, March 8
Crazy House, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Patterson and Charbonnet tackle teen resistance amid dystopian mayhem. Though contrived dialogue and continual shifts in narrative perspective often hinder character development, action-packed fight scenes, flickers of romance, and Patterson’s signature speedy chapters should satisfy teens who like their suspense served with a side of political revolt.
Thursday, March 9
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman
Everyone knows Beartown is a hockey town. And everyone in Beartown knows someone who is connected to hockey, from the lonely owner of the local bar to the former athlete now managing the supermarket. The sentimentally savvy Backman takes a sobering and solemn look at the ways alienation and acceptance, ethics and emotions nearly destroy a small town. He sagely taps into teen angst while portraying sensitive issues of identity, loyalty, and ambition.
Friday, March 10
Goldfish Ghost, by Lemony Snicket
A lonely specter of a once-loved pet goldfish wanders a beach town in search of company in this deadpan picture book from the well-loved Snicket. Brown’s lively cartoonish illustrations render the town and its people in saturated, muted tones, and the dense scenes are full of fun details to discover, such as a school of ghost sea creatures, all in a spooky pallor and floating upside down, just like the goldfish. The crisp, white ghosts stand out sharply from the colorful scenes, but they’re subtle enough that it’s still a delight to spot them. And not to worry: the ghostly goldfish gets a happy ending.