Abby reviews “Skycircus”

Today, Abby absconds to the circus with her review of British children’s book author Peter Bunzl’s Skycircus ($12.99, Jolly Fish Press). Bonus: Bunzl posted free resources  for teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers to use with his books.

Book News 11/26

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in the book world: Variety reports that digital book subscription service Scribd raised $58 million from venture capital firm Spectrum Equity. Scribd’s website attracts 100 million visitors a month and claims a million subscribers. Journalists at The Washington Post share their top picks for children’s books in 2019. A copy of TheContinue reading “Book News 11/26”

October Quick Picks

Put down the Halloween candy and grab one of these literary treats instead: See What I have Done, by Sarah Schmidt, Grove Atlantic; $26.00, 324 pages. Australian library coordinator-turned-novelist makes her chilling debut with a reinterpretation of the infamous story of Lizzie Borden, the Fall River, Massachusetts, native who bludgeoned her father and stepmother toContinue reading “October Quick Picks”

Paperbacks from Hell

New from Quirk Books is an account of the world of horror pulp fiction of the 1970s and ’80s. Author and horror historian Grady Hendrix (Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism) traces the unexpected success of Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby, Thomas Tryon’s The Other, and William Blatty’s The Exorcist–three nightmare novels that became bestsellers and spawned two decades of provocative horrorContinue reading “Paperbacks from Hell”

A Form Worthy of Its Contents: The Folio Society at 70

This year marks seventy years since The Folio Society began publishing beautiful editions of global literary classics. To mark the occasion, the publishing house is offering a showstopping selection of titles in its fall catalog–Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, a two-volume set of The Little Prince, and other great books. In addition, London’s Victoria and Albert MuseumContinue reading “A Form Worthy of Its Contents: The Folio Society at 70”

Help Comes in All Sizes

Welcome to our newest reviewer, Abigail Constance Richter, a New York third grader excited to share great new children’s books with you. This first review was inspired by the brave and selfless hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida, reminding us that anyone can lend a helping hand. Bulldozer Helps Out, by Candace Fleming, illustratedContinue reading “Help Comes in All Sizes”