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A review of Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus

Billed as a counting book, Cyrus brings much more to this artful picture book.  We count bricks by ones, fives, tens and twenties.  Readers also learn how bricks and mortar are made, and are treated to the math, science, design and artistry involved in bricklaying.  The rhyming text invites repeated read-alouds. And the photo-realistic illustrations are worth multiple visits as well, with a racially diverse cast of characters that range in age from children to grandparents, all ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 20, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of FukuFuku by Kanata Konami

Going back over time, I calculate that I've read and written about at least six different cat comics or children's graphic novel series on MADreads.  This does not include a childhood spent reading Garfield.  This does not include my recent (personal) purchasing and reading of the new "Grumpy Cat/Garfield" comic series.  Who knew that Grumpy Cat and Garfield knew each other?!?!?  It's an amazing world!!  I guess what I'm trying to say is that there's a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 19, 2017 | 1 comment
A review of Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

PI Nils Shapiro has seen some dirty crime scenes, but none like this. In an otherwise immaculate house in Minneapolis’s snobbiest suburb, there are heaps of vacuum bag dust—and under one of those heaps is the corpse of Maggie Somerville, freshly divorced and Edina’s first murder victim in decades. The killer obviously knew what he/she was doing—the presence of so much dust makes forensic analysis impossible and an overnight snowstorm obliterated any exterior trails. This seemly impossible case ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 17, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill

Have you ever looked a group picture and wondered what was happening as the shot was captured? Well, Roxane Orgill’s ‘Jazz Day’ does just that, and more. The photograph Harlem 1958 is now famous for picturing 57 jazz musicians in Harlem on August 12, 1958. Photographer Art Kane called for any and all jazz musicians to gather for the picture and ‘Jazz Day’ places you in the midst of it all through 21 poems.Orgill’s poems tell the story of the jazz greats mingling with up and coming musicians ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
October 13, 2017 | 0 comments
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Horror Novels for Halloween There are so many ways to celebrate the beauty of autumn. For many, it involves getting out cozy sweaters and adding pumpkin to everything. For some of us, it means our reading turns a bit darker. What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to start an October horror novel binge? While I tend to like the dark stuff year-round, in October, I definitely want to read something scary. I just finished two books that were exactly what I was looking for: creepy, atmospheric, and absolutely ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 12, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Real Friends by Shannon Hale

All I can say is, wow. Somehow we make it through elementary and middle school friendships. It's not easy. It's not nice. It's not quickly forgotten. And it doesn't seem to get any easier for subsequent generations. Why is that? Shannon Hale's Real Friends is the semi-autobiographical story of Shannon and her childhood best friend Adrienne. Adrienne starts hanging out with the popular girls at school and that leaves Shannon as the odd girl out. Sort of. Shannon is fun and imaginative ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 11, 2017 | 0 comments
Sports Books Every year Booklist publishes various top 10 lists. Below is their Top 10 Sports list. This list includes basketball, baseball, horse ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
October 9, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari

Like Mary's Little Lamb, Moose the dog follows her favorite human, Zara, to school in search of love and stories. When attempts to help Moose say "Goodbye" become more madcap than her parents or teachers can handle, Zara thinks of a brilliant solution: "Hello," therapy dog Moose!   Trained therapy dogs provide a patient listening presence for accomplished and struggling readers alike. Several Madison Public Libraries participate in Read to a Dog programs--see the Fall Kidspages for dates ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
October 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Now that You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

“The first thought I had after I died was: How will my dog cope with this?The second thought: I hope we can still go with open casket.Third thought: I have nothing to wear to my funeral.Fourth: I’ll never meet Daniel Radcliffe now.Fifth: Did Bobby just break up with me?” Nora Stuart has just had a pretty successful night at work when she steps off a curb and is hit by the Beantown Bug Killers van. When she wakes in her own hospital’s emergency room ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 5, 2017 | 0 comments
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Daughters of Mannerling Series by Marion Chesney

I’m not one who typically goes back and reads classic romance authors since I often have my hands full of newly released titles, but when a colleague extolled the virtues of Marion Chesney’s Regency-set romances, I was intrigued enough to check out the audio recording of The Banishment, the first title in Chesney’s Daughters of Mannerling series. It was short, and the audio appealed as much as the print version’s dated and ugly covers did not. Well, dear reader, I did not know ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 4, 2017 | 0 comments
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