A review of The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn

For some reason Raybourn's last book, Dark Road to Darjeeling, stayed in my TBR pile for a long time and it was only recently that I read it. Now I'm happy that I waited that long because the events that take place in that book have an impact in this latest and it was nice to have it all fresh in my mind. Lady Julia and her husband Nicholas Brisbane have returned from their honeymoon and are more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 10, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst

A whimsical, redemptive story about how good manners can make all the difference. Lulu, a spoiled only child, wants a pet brontosaurus for her birthday. She screeches and flails to no avail when her parents adamantly say, “No.” Lulu packs a suitcase and runs off into the big forest to find her pet. She encounters and even brawls with bigger, scary animals, but she proves to be tougher and meaner. That is, until she meets the brontosaurus and finds herself unable to go back home. The short more

Reviewed by Jody on
May 4, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg

“Before it was a dance it was a story.” The classic ballet, Appalachian Spring, was brought to life through the collaboration of three very talented artists. Martha Graham, the famous dancer and choreographer, wrote and performed in the ballet that tells the story of American life during pioneer days. Aaron Copland composed the music based on the well-known Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts” and artist Isamu Noguchi built the angular, minimalist set, which has been described as similar to the way in more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
April 29, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

Not impressed by the pet frog he brought home from the woods, Peter’s mother asked, “Would you like it if a wild animal made YOU its pet?” Fortunately for us, young Peter Brown’s enthusiastic response (“Absolutely!”) has become grown-up author Peter Brown’s new book, Children Make Terrible Pets.When Lucy the bear finds a little boy in the woods, she just knows he’ll make the best pet ever! Wise Mom doubts that little “Squeaker” (aptly named for the sound he makes) is meant for the more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 29, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

Mike Martin, aka Mikey the Munchkin, is used to attracting attention from other students who find his vintage suits to be a bit abnormal for daily high school attire. But when Mikey finds himself attracting the unsolicited attention of Jon Brande, the school drug dealer and his older sister’s newest boyfriend, he has to choose whether to pay up or run his mouth as usual. Luckily for Mikey, he has made friends with the new kid, Shayne Blank, who has the moral foundation and martial arts more

Reviewed by Jesse on
April 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of That's Like Me! by Jill Lauren

Do you think school is hard? Does doing a sheet of math problems make you want to cry? It can be really frustrating when you learn differently, but don’t give up! Just ask the awesome people who share their stories in That’s Like Me! Stories about Amazing People with Learning Difficulties. What do a dancer, a race-car driver, an Antarctic explorer, a veterinarian, a trapeze artist, and an inventor all have in common? Author and Learning Specialist, Jill Lauren, found all these people more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Seventeen year old Andi is spiraling out of control. A guitar prodigy, she retreated into music and drugs following the death of her brother two years ago. When her absent father learns she may be expelled from her exclusive private school, he insists she accompany him to Paris over winter break to work on her senior thesis. It is there that she discovers the diary of Alexandrine; a first hand account of the French Revolution seen through the eyes of a young woman. As Andi is drawn deeper into more

Reviewed by Jill O on
April 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Hip-Pocket Papa by Sandra Markle

Jump into this fascinating book about a frog “no bigger than a thumbnail.” Hip-Pocket Papa, by Sandra Markle, will excite young non-fiction readers and picture book enthusiasts alike. The book begins with a small hip-pocket frog hiding “beneath a button-sized mushroom cap” in the Australian rainforest. The pages colorfully illustrate the lives of two parent frogs and their “developing brood.” We learn that the pearl-like frog eggs are hidden beneath “orange and brown leaves” in a “glob more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming

Well, actually, Clever Jack Takes the Cake in this exciting picture book by Candace Fleming. Jack is invited to the princess’s birthday party, but he has nothing to give her for a present. After some quick thinking and delicious baking, he makes her the best birthday cake in the land -- but can he get it to the castle in one piece? With a little something for everyone (adventure, princesses, trolls, and even a dancing bear!), this is a surefire book to read aloud or share one on one with your more

Reviewed by Krissy on
April 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey

There is a cute board book by Leslie Patricelli called Quiet Loud that describes things that are quiet and things that loud. Turtles are quiet. Monkeys are loud. Crayons are quiet. Pots and pans are loud. Sniffles are quiet. Sneezes are loud. I kept thinking of that book while reading Elisabeth Tova Bailey's The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. The more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 10, 2011 | 0 comments
Syndicate content