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A review of Going Places by Peter Reynolds

Each kid in class competes in the annual Going Places contest. Rafael is so excited that when the teacher asks who’d like to get their go-cart kit, he’s the first to raise his hand. But she tells the rest of his jealous classmates not to worry, she’s got enough kits for everyone in class… and they are all exactly the same. As soon as he can, Rafael reads the detailed instructions and starts putting together his go-cart. Maya, his classmate and next-door neighbor, hasn’t even started working on ...read more

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January 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Biography by Neil Patrick Harris

Who doesn’t love Neil Patrick Harris? Okay, those who raised their hands, go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done wrong in life. For the rest of you, boy, do I have a treat for you… It’s Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!! Not your ordinary, everyday autobiography -- which, I have to say, is not my normal thing. Someone talking about ...read more

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January 22, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Quest by Aaron Becker

Following the adventures in his first book Journey (a 2014 Caldecott Honor Book), Becker brings us another breathtaking story. Join two kids as they are caught up in the rescue of a kidnapped king while solving a puzzling map to save a kingdom from darkness. The second in the Journey trilogy is a wordless and thrilling tale of fantastical adventure in picture book form. It’s sure to be a classic. ...read more

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November 21, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Dragon's Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori

In this cute story-within-a-story, baby Bib hears his favorite nighttime story about the dragons who used to live in the area. What happens when a eggless mother dragon meets a lonely egg? This heart-warming tale is great to help children learn about families of all kinds. This book’s most appealing characteristics are the expressive drawings matched with a loving refrain that assures kids that “sometimes things happen for a reason.” ...read more

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November 14, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak

Halloween is on its way, and it’s never too early to find your perfect costume. That’s exactly what Monster Needs a Costume is all about. But he really can’t decide. Watch as Monster tries on some amazing costumes, including an astronaut and a pear, and even dresses up as a cowboy in a ten-gallon hat. Enjoy his exploits when he dresses up as a ballerina, and even a ninja. (It's hard to be stealthy when you are nine feet tall!) Finally, discover what he chooses for his final, super creative ...read more

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October 17, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Bats in the Band by Brian Lies

Waking after a long winter,The bats are hungry, but not for dinner.It’s music they need; a dance, a songSomething to play and enjoy all night long.With offbeat characters and rhymes,These bats have the best of times.Playing and singing galore,Country, blues, quartet and more.Read this book just onceAnd you’ll get the gist,No matter your taste,It’s a book not to be missed. ...read more

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September 19, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off! by Nate Ball

We here at Madison Public Library are gearing up for our Summer Reading Club. The theme this year is: Fizz, Boom, Read! And what better way to start our summer of science than with this funny and smart book about a boy and the alien who crash lands into his bedroom. Zack McGee, a 4th grader, starts to fall asleep one night while studying his science homework. Before going to bed, he notices what looks like a falling star. After he makes his wish, he opens his eyes and realizes it’s ...read more

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May 30, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Freshman year of college is bad enough. But for Cath, freshman year has brought on an unparalleled amount of anxiety. Between her twin sister becoming a person she doesn’t know, to a completely-bewildering roommate and her roommate's charming -- and cute! -- boyfriend, as well as worrying about her manic father and her estranged mother, her freshman year has more obstacles than she knows how to handle.Her only escape is the magical world of Simon Snow, an eight-book saga that is awaiting its ...read more

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April 11, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Mr Wuffles by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles is a cat, but this is not a story about a cat. Or at least it’s not a story just about a cat. It’s a story about a cat and aliens. Let me start at the beginning. There is a new toy in Mr. Wuffles’ house. In fact, there are many new toys in Mr. Wuffles’ house, but he doesn’t like to play with any of them -- except one. It’s small and silver and there are tiny green dots that move around inside of it. Pssst: It’s a spaceship that is so small, it could fit inside the palm of your child ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
January 31, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells two stories at the same time. After a girl checks out this exact book from the library, she finds herself in a whole new world. Fascinating facts about coral reefs are told on each page as the reefs grow around her, until soon she is swept away. She reads about and meets different kinds of sea life, including parrot fish, hungry sharks, and even an octopus. This book is sure to delight readers young and old. ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
November 22, 2013 | 0 comments