Review: The Nest

The Nest
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deliciously malevolent, this short book reads like a horror version of a cross between David Almond’s Skellig and a story I read long ago in Twilight Zone magazine, Royal Jelly.

A socially ‘different’ boy, a new baby sibling who’s ill, a mysterious creature that appears in his dreams. Is it an angel? Is it something else entirely?

This book is just scary enough for older elementary kids without pushing them into the land of nightmares, and never talks down to them.

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Review: Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design

Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design
Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design by Steven Heller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delight to revisit these Edward Gorey book jackets. Malaise and ennui. Aah.

I came to know his work late in the game, through his own books, like Amphigorey, Gashlycrumb Tinies, and The Curious Sofa. In high school, I felt the jolt of recognition while browsing used book stores. I hadn’t known that Gorey worked in publishing and had done so many book covers. His work is so distinctive and, if you like it, you tend to really like it.

I was tickled to learn 1) that the Library of Congress archives almost every book jacket ever printed (p.6), and 2) that EG also found reading Henry James painful (p.14).

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