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Manny Rayner's book reviews

I love reviewing books - have been doing it at Goodreads, but considering moving here.

Currently reading

The Greatest Show On Earth: The Evidence For Evolution
Richard Dawkins
R in Action
Robert Kabacoff
Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies
Douglas R. Hofstadter
McGee on Food and Cooking: An Encyclopedia of Kitchen Science, History and Culture
Harold McGee
Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood
Simon Evnine
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Information Science and Statistics)
Christopher M. Bishop
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology
Richard C. Tolman
The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition
Julia Herschensohn, Martha Young-Scholten
Lulu And The Flying Babies - Posy Simmonds I'm having trouble believing it - can I be the only person on Goodreads who's come across this excellent children's book? Lulu, about five, wants to play in the snow... but her baby brother is cold, so Dad takes them off to the art gallery. Lulu's in a foul mood, and makes herself so unpleasant that Dad says she can damn well stay on her own until she's calmed down.

Suddenly, two winged cherubs turn up, escaped from one of the paintings! They grab hold of Lulu and pull her back into the art world with them, Mary Poppins style. Posy, an accomplished artist in her own right, has a lot of fun doing kids' versions of well-known pictures and showing you Lulu's reactions. At the end, she decides that the gallery isn't nearly as dull as she'd first thought.

My own children loved it when they were small - Posy's touch is light, and she's more concerned with keeping the young reader entertained than with preaching about Great Painters. It's enjoyable to read aloud too. Strongly recommended!