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A review of Dragons Love Tacos 2: the sequel by Adam Rubin

I read a lot of picture books.  Sometimes I love a book for the book itself and other times I love a book for the way children react to it.  The first time I read "Dragons Love Tacos" I was not overly impressed.  But after reading it with individual children and at storytimes with kids from ages 3-8, and seeing how much they loved the book, I became a fan.  So, when I saw "Dragons Love Tacos 2 The Sequel" I had to read it. In "Dragons love Tacos 2" we find our heroes in a ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
August 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Mom, There's a Bear at the Door by Sabine Lipan

A mother is busy working in the kitchen, when her young son announces that there is a bear at the door of their apartment - on the eleventh floor!  There is humorous banter between mother and son as he explains just how the bear arrived at their door, and what it will take for the bear to get back home.   This fun story should appeal to children with grand imaginations and those who delight in tall-tales. Be sure to look for Mom, There's a Bear at the Door the next time you are at the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
June 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Have you ever wished you could trade lives with someone? Well, be careful what you wish for . . . . In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca (Bec) Winter disappeared. In 2014, a young woman is arrested for shoplifting. She is dirty, hungry and desperate. She remembers how a boyfriend once commented on how much she looks like the missing girl. It seems like a great way to escape her current problems - claim to be the missing girl, then make a get away. What could go wrong?   The story goes back ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
May 15, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Who are you? : the kid's guide to gender identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee

In recent years there have been several good books for children discussing gender identity, gender diversity, and gender stereotypes. These books are important for all children and adults too!  Who are you? is one of the newest entries in this category - and it is a good one.  It has bright illustrations featuring diverse children being active in many different ways.   Most of the text is simple and  gives a straightfroward introduction of how we experience gender: our ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
May 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Flying Lessons and Other Stories by Ellen Oh

I used to read short stories quite often, but it has been a long time since I had picked up a short story collection.  I was super excited to read Flying Lessons & Other Stories, not only because it has stories by some fantastic authors, but also because of the short story format.  And I was not disappointed.   I laughed and cried, and came away glad that I had an opportunity to get to know these characters. Flying Lessons & Other Stories  is edited by Ellen Oh, the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
February 17, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Night School by Lee Child

Night School is Lee Child's 21st Jack Reacher novel. If you are a fan like me, you are probably eagerly waiting to find out what Jack has been up to after he set off for Milwaukee at the end of Make Me. Not only did he leave with the girl - but they were headed for Milwaukee! What wrongs will Jack be setting right, here in Wisconsin? Well, we are going to have to wait at least one more year to find out. (Child publishes one Jack Reacher novel a year.) In this new book, we step ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
January 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

I first encountered Harlan Coben as the author of a series featuring Myron Bolitar - a sports agent with a sense of humor, who frequently ends up becoming an investigator on behalf of his clients. Coben also authors a thriller series for young adults featuring Mickey Bolitar, Myron's nephew.   Branching out from the Bolitars, Coben is now writing stand alone novels. Fool Me Once is one of his recent stand alones, and it is being adapted to into a ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
November 8, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of How This Book was Made by Mac Barnett

If you are looking for a strictly non-fiction book about how books are made - this is not the book for you.  The tiger reading, hamburger with arms and legs, and astronaut giving a thumbs up on the cover are be some of your first clues.  The fact that is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex are your next clues.  But if you are looking for a fun (and slightly silly) book to read with children about the writing and book making process - this is the book for you.The ...read more

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November 4, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen

What would happen if six very different middle school kids were still in the building after school and a storm blew through?  Well, Jordan, Devon, Mason, Taylor, Regan and Avery are about to find out.  The RJ Glavine Middle School students are thrown together by a, perhaps too cautious, school order to seek safety - which they find in the school bathroom.   The kids have some fun, telling jokes and making the stuffed cat into a mummy.  But mostly, they talk to each ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
August 5, 2016 | 0 comments