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A review of Newsprints by Ru Xu

Newsprints by Ru Xu features girls as newsboys, strained race relations and a serious look at robot civil rights in what I would describe as a steampunk variation on Annie! The story is beautifully drawn with complicated gender roles and a somewhat mysterious locale and setting. The main character, Blue, is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. She works for the Bugle, the only newspaper in her town that tells the truth. Blue lives in a house run by the Bugle with a group of ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliot

The Owl Diaries young reader series by Rebecca Elliot is officially the nicest and the cutest. Eva Wingdale lives with her owl family in Treetopolis. Eva's best friend is Lucy Beakman and her frenemy is Sue Clawson. The level of clever owl and bird word play in this series is spectacular. But what's really notable is the recognition and practice of thoughtfulness throughout all of the stories. In book one, Eva and her classmates work on putting together the Bloomtastic Festival.  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 15, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes, Art, & Landscape by Robyn Lea

There is not an easy way to classify this gorgeous, gorgeous book. It's cataloged and shelved with the cookbooks but there's a lot more going on here.  It's an art book, a photography book, and a study of an artist. International photographer and writer Robyn Lea wrote to the Georgia O'Keeffe Research Center in New Mexico to request access to approximately fifty of the artist's recipe and garden books. Her plan was to go through each book looking for annotations or notes that might share ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 3, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Fly Me by Daniel Riley

This is my book of the summer. Last year I was talking up Emma Cline's The Girls and Charles Manson-style cults in California. Here I am one year later focused on another book about a young woman in California that has a similar vibe, rich language, intense plot and outstanding cover.  Suzy Whitman is a recent Vassar graduate and has the smarts and talent to take the world by storm. But she's directionless, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 26, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Goldie Vance Volume 1 by Hope Larson

Lots of mysteries crop up when you live in a hotel that has its own detective agency! I love everything about Goldie Vance, teen detective and amateur race car driver. The setting is cool, the cast of characters is interesting and diverse and there are lots of science and history tie-ins. Goldie lives with her dad in a fancy Florida resort in what appears to be the early 1960s. Her dad manages the place and her best friend works at the front desk. Goldie works as a valet at the resort, which is ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 19, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Jonesy. Vol. 1 by Sam Humphries

Meet adorably angsty Jonesy! Her dad owns a donut shop called "Donut Worry, Be Happy" and Jonesy works there part-time. She's a writer of 'zines, a pop star devotee and she thinks she's charmed. Jonesy believes she makes people fall in love with each other! She tests it out on unsuspecting friends and family and discovers something big: she can't make anyone fall in love with HER. Hmmmm. Maybe not so charmed?!? Something else that must be mentioned: Jonesy's eclectic sense of style and ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 27, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington

This debut graphic novel about a group of cat astronauts with names like Major Meowser, Waffles, Blanket and Pom Pom is ridiculously cute, clever and timely. The Earth is populated by cats (and only cats as far as I can tell) and the President meets with the World's Best Scientist to discuss how to solve the global energy crisis. The result of their influential meeting? The smartest, best prepared and most adorable space cats in the world need to journey to the moon to build a super solar power ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 19, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

Do you love cuteness, crafting, cats, pandas and birthdays? Any or all of these things? Well, have I got a book for you! A super cute and clever little girl named Birdie (it just gets cuter by the minute) is celebrating her "Birthday Break" at school with handcrafted panda cupcakes. Then something terrible happens, or a couple of terrible things happen, and Birdie's alter-ego, "Crafty Cat" must save the day. I applaud the way Birdie goes with the flow when accidents happen. She's upset, but ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is now 84 years old! This knocked my socks off. What a pleasure it was to read this book - it's a chronology for fans of Carol Burnett, fans of The Carol Burnett Show, and fans of television comedy and media history. This serves as a thorough inventory of what putting a live variety show together in the late 1960s through the 1970s was like, from the nitty-gritty of sketch writing to the sound effects, staging and sets, studio audience and famous guests.  The options ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 23, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of How to Be An Indian in the 21st Century by Louis V. Clark, III

This new biographical collection from Wisconsin Historical Society Press is an important contribution to our local and national culture. The cover art demands attention and I predict book groups will spend lots of time discussing that image as well as the poetry and prose of Louis V. "Two Shoes" Clark III.  Louis grew up on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin near Green Bay during the 1960s and shares his history as an ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 17, 2017 | 0 comments