On Sunday, The New York Times Book Review considered children's books, with two new readers by Mo Willems getting some lukewarm praise. Picture books about school, as well as other new titles, are part of the mix, too.
Irritating trend alert: Baby discos, in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Nation's Katha Pollitt shares her 5 must-have books for reviewers, at Critical Mass, the blog of the National Book Critics Circle's board of directors. Neither Pollitt nor Cynthia Ozick, who handed in her list last week, mentions any books by Updike, unlike others in the "Critical Library" series.