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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
A review of Kung Pow Chicken: Let's Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko

I’ll be perfectly honest: I needed a break from Captain Underpants and all of the hilarious scatological references that are so appealing to the school-aged boy at my house. Someone recommended Kung Pow Chicken as an adequate substitute, so I jumped on it and eagerly checked out all four books from the library. They. Were. A. Hit.    Kung Pow Chicken is a second grader named Gordon Blue who ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 1, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

This is the first book in the Narwhal and Jelly series. It is super cute and shares an important message: we're all awesome in our own way and it's easy to discover the world (or ocean) before you when you're exploring together. The book starts off with Narwhal meeting Jelly. They are surprised to discover the other exists. They each explain their various characteristics and both are a little skeptical that they are not conjuring up their new friend with their imagination. Once it's established ...read more

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April 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Dear Ijeawele, or, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines feminism as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. How does the author of We Should All Be Feminists respond when a friend asks her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist? She shares 15 real, thought-provoking, and practical suggestions about how to live a feminist life including: ...read more

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April 4, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay

Who knows about vaudeville? Any specialists out there? I knew very little about vaudeville before reading The Tumbling Turner Sisters and it's a fascinating part of American cultural history. Vaudeville was a type of entertainment that was popular in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and shows consisted of individual performances or acts by comedians, singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, and sometimes trained animals. Cinematic films were new, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 27, 2017 | 0 comments