Even though Malcolm came out on audio from Recorded Books last fall, it’s gotten some nice reviews lately.
School Library Journal says, “…The tension and plot twists are captured in the well-paced, expressive reading. Malcolm’s dilemma and identity crisis are neatly imbedded throughout without becoming didactic, making this often exciting, always engaging saga appeal to broad audiences.”
And Booklist says, “…[Charlotte] Parry skillfully helps listeners keep track of the numerous critters. Her reading keeps the narrative moving at a brisk pace, yet she allows time for pertinent details and amusing rodent-eye perspectives to sink in. A fun animal fantasy.” (Full review here.)
Listen to a snippet of the book here. (Thanks for doing a great job, Charlotte Parry!)
I’m home for the holidays now, but November’s been a busy month. Illustrator Brian Lies and I attended the Wisconsin Book Festival. Here we are (thanks, librarygrl2): The next weekend, I headed over to the Loft Literary Center, for a reading with writer pal Julie Bowe. Last Sunday, Malcolm and I were featured in my hometown newspaper, the Leader Telegram. more »
I’m woefully behind on…well, EVERYTHING. But Malcolm got a nice review from Kirkus a few weeks back. My favorite bits: “…a breathless, exciting tale of adventure, danger, betrayal, twists and surprises. Beck unfolds the events in the form of an anonymous note to teacher Mr. Binney detailing Malcolm’s journey, with clever and sometimes hilarious asides in the form of footnotes. more »
Here’s the rest of it! Malcolm at Midnight W.H. Beck, illus. by Brian Lies. Houghton Mifflin, $16.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-547-68100-9 Escapades, humor, and romance weave together in this madcap elementary school adventure from first-time author Beck. When fifth-grade teacher Mr. Binney mistakes Malcolm, a small rat, for a mouse and purchases him as a classroom pet, Malcolm develops an identity more »