Thursday, February 21, 2013

“Will fascinate” (PLUS: torch singer!)

The Jewish Book Council, whose speaking roster I am on this year, reviewed Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.

I especially appreciated these observations:

“His identity remains unknown—no longer”

“structured around revealed secrets”

“the content, mood and vocabulary will appeal to readers over age 10”

“Nobleman has made a cottage industry of bittersweet revelations about Jewish comic inventors; if he were a singer, he would do torch songs”

“There is a light touch for targeted readers—Finger used puns writing about Batman, and Nobleman uses puns writing about Finger”

“The concluding author’s note is geared too old for young readers but will fascinate their parents”

“Readers will feel proud of their heritage; Finger is a role model who provides a strong, if not happy, life lesson”

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