Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 18

Eyeball Collector by F. E. Higgins

“When his butterfly-collector father is swindled to within an inch of his life, a vengeful Hector leaves the city of Urbs Umida in pursuit of a fiendish villain with a glass eye. The trail leads to Withypitts Hall, a forbidding Gothic mansion as warped as its inhabitants and their secret schemes. Soon Hector finds himself embroiled in mysterious deeds more poisonous than his worst imaginings, but every twist and turn brings him closer to his revenge …The third dark and diabolical book from a devilishly talented author.”  Black Book of Secrets and The Bone Magician.     [J HIGGINS]

Funny Business: Conversations With Writers of Comedy compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus

“”A joke isn’t a joke if you need to explain it,” notes Leonard S. Marcus. “Even so, the hidden clockwork of comedy . . . has long been considered one of the great riddles of life.” There are many kinds of humor, but capturing their essence on paper is a remarkably difficult (and often undervalued) skill. So how do authors create books that not only stand the tests of time but also make us laugh? In thirteen fascinating interviews, well-loved writers of humorous books for children discuss an array of topics, from their sources of inspiration to the ways they began writing, from their revision processes to childhood anecdotes to the value they place on comedy in their work and lives.”     [J818.54099 FUNNY]

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