Select reviews and articles from the weekend papers:
"Showing children that books aren't pants," at The Times, of London. Not a review, but about the "Richard & Judy" TV program's promotion of children's literature. Books aren't pants? Whatever.
The Declaration, by Gemma Malley, at The Guardian. Diane Samuels says, "She conjures a world in the mid 22nd century where people have discovered the secret of longevity and children are outlawed. The question is whether the execution of the book lives up to the promise."
At The Washington Post, Elizabeth Ward considers books for Halloween season, including What-the-Dickens, by Gregory Maguire; The Witch's Child, by Arthur Yorinks; and The Crow, by Alison Paul. A new Mercy Watson reader and other titles are mentioned, too.
Supermodel Sophie Dahl, granddaughter of Roald, talks about her favorite books, including a number of works for children, at The Telegraph.
London's Sunday Times reviews My Dad's a Birdman, by David Almond
Over at the Chicago Tribune, you'll find blurbs on Nothing, by Jon Agee; Little Grrl Lost, by Charles de Lint; Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Nixie's Song, by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black; Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, by Ying Chang Compestine; Jazz on a Saturday Night, by Leo and Diane Dillon; and The Jewel Box Ballerinas, by Monique de Varennes.
At the LA Times, Sonja Bolle writes about some fictional books that take "unusually imaginative approach[es] to factual information," including Lucy and Stephen Hawking's George's Secret Key to the Universe (yes, it's the Stephen Hawking, and his daughter), Satoshi Kimura's Stone Age Boy, and Alan Madison's Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly. Also in Bolle's "Word Play" column are short reviews of new graphic novels and of Peter Sís's autobiographical picture book, The Wall.