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A review of Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees

Have you ever wondered why there are plenty of chickens and no Tyrannosaurus Rexes in the world today? The answer is Edna, the very first chicken. She is small and brave and won’t let the big and fierce T. Rex bully her or the other dinosaurs. In Douglas Rees’ fun and colorful book Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken readers find that it doesn’t take powerful jaws and a roar to be brave. Filled with dinosaur antics, cluck-worthy excitement, and feathery heroics, this is read is ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 15, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

I have run out of superlatives when describing this book to friends. There is so much to love, such rich artwork and storytelling. Alison Bechdel calls it virtuosic; I would say mind-blowing. The story is as complex, nuanced, and dark as the art. Perhaps dark times call for dark stories, but ultimately Monsters comes down to girl power and Ferris’ timing is just right.  My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a story within a story influenced by Emil Ferris’ own surreal story. Her ...read more

Reviewed by Amy - Monroe Street on
December 14, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World by William H. McRaven

Retired United States Navy Admiral William H. McRaven offers the most practical advice. Take it. Follow it. Make it your own. The Navy SEAL says so.  Admiral McRaven first shared his basic lessons in a commencement address for the graduating class at the University of Texas at Austin in May of 2014 and this book divides them into ten principles. The first step is to make your bed. This demonstrates discipline and shows attention to detail. You do not have to make your bed military style ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of American Street by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

So many exciting twist and turns! An endearing adventure all the way to the end. I was awed at the varied facets the main character endured from the very beginning, like witnessing her mother's detainment after her first flight to the United States to her less than celebratory introduction to meeting her new family members. I enjoyed her innocence of learning Western culture through the eyes of her cousins and new friends. I appreciated she kept so close to her rituals and beliefs from her ...read more

Reviewed by Kim on
December 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Now by Antoinette Portis

Antoinetter Portis' new book Now is a beautiful and poignant look at childhood and all of its favorite things. Childhood is about discovering new favorite things, often that change daily and grown-ups will smile at the familiar shift from one favorite to the next like, "This is my favorite song, because it's the one I am singing." But to me this book is a light handed introduction to mindfulness and a guide to living in the moment. Enjoying amazing things in nature like your favorite breeze, a ...read more

Reviewed by Rebecca on
December 8, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel

Once again, I find myself captivated by a book that begins with a sad and messed up family, careens through tragedy and ends up with glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. At the beginning of Patricia Engel’s The Veins of the Ocean, Reina Castillo’s father is tossing her 3-year-old brother Carlito off a Miami bridge, an act of revenge against her mother’s infidelity. Fortunately for Carlito, a fisherman who witnessed the event saves him. Carlito is the favorite child of both his ...read more

Reviewed by Lisa - Central on
December 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Beyond the Empire by K. B. Wagers

The world had been pretty dark and depressing lately (especially if you're a woman) which has made me look for truly heroic characters in the books I'm reading. Happily for me K. B. Wagers' third in the Indranan War trilogy came out recently and I could once again dive into the adventures of Hail Bristol and her loyal band of supporters who are trying to save the empire. Hail Bristol grew up in an imperial family but took off when she was eighteen to pursue a life of her own. After twenty years ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
December 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

Brunonia Barry is back with another novel set in Salem with some crossover characters from The Lace Reader and The Map of True Places. If you have not read either of these books, it does not hinder your understanding of what The Fifth Petal is about, but if you know and love Brunonia Barry's Salem and the characters featured in her ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
December 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of All Paws on Deck by Jessica Young

Haggis (a Scottish Terrier) and Tank (a Great Dane) are two very imaginative doggy friends.  They spend most of their time in a back yard, but sometimes they go on adventures in their minds.  In “All Paws on Deck” Tank decides to deck out their little red wagon as a pirate ship.  They sail off into a land of make-believe and have many adventures together!  The format for this book falls right between graphic novel (there are lots of full-color illustrations with speech ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
December 1, 2017 | 0 comments
New Science Books This is the time of year for top 10 lists.  Booklist puts out various top 10 lists throughout the year, including Top 10 Sci-Tech: 2017.  Are you looking for a good science or technology book to read?  Then check ou the below titles.  They cover a wide range of topics including space, animals, microbes, techology, and the universe.   ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 30, 2017 | 0 comments
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