It’s Special Section Sunday – one of the two best Sundays of the year! Today’s New York Times Book Review has eight pages devoted to reviews of children’s books, including an enthusiastic review of Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell which I posted about yesterday. The book that sent me to the “shop” tab on my Nook is Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper. Amanda Foreman’s review of this British import is glowing. Foreman writes: “Set in Victorian London, Fallen Grace unashamedly revels in all the tropes and flourishes of the 19th century novel, all the while speaking directly to a generation that knows the words to every Lady Gaga song.”
Another article that added a book to my “to read” list is Whitney Joiner’s review of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. As Joiner describes it, Beauty Queens is an “updated, female version of Lord of the Flies.” The novel (for readers ages 13 and up) sounds like a cautionary tale about corporate America and the ridiculously unrealistic expectations placed on teenage girls.
Check out all the reviews: