A review of Where's Walrus by Stephen Savage

When walrus waddles off, wackiness ensues in this wordless wonder-book. Perfect for pointing preschoolers, pick this prize from your proximal (Madison) Public Library--pronto! more

Reviewed by Abby on
November 16, 2012 | 1 comment
National Book Awards Announced The National Book Awards were announced last night. Louise Erdrich has won her first NBA for fiction (hard to believe!) with The Round House. In nonfiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo won for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 15, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron

Though I've been a fan of Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series, I've always wished that she had continued the Sigrid Harald series. My wish was semi-granted last year in Three-Day Town. In that book Deborah and her husband Dwight are on a belated honeymoon in New York and of course they stumble into a murder. more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin

I’m in love with a man who has been dead for 300 years. His name was Samuel Pepys*, royal civil servant, husband, employer, hedonist, and a more than a little lecherous. He was also a keen observer, lived at the center of London’s cultural and political life, and happily for posterity, a dedicated diarist. Pepys’ diary, kept between 1660 to 1669, details epic events in London’s history, most famously the more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 13, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Eucalyptus Middle School is putting on the old-fashioned musical "Moon over Mississippi" and seventh grader Callie is working on the stage crew. She's a boy crazy drama geek with purple hair and a love for all things theater. She's super excited about painting sets and building a pretend cannon for the show and the cast and crew is friendly and encouraging.  Callie's a happy kid with a good group of friends and a lot of positive adult support, but she's got one big problem: she's boy crazy more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 12, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Home for Bird by Philip Stead

The story begins on the copyright page as an overstuffed moving truck bumps along the road. Vernon the toad meets a silent Bird. Vernon and friends quickly deduce that Bird is homesick, and Vernon makes it a mission to find Bird's home. Through land, water and air, they venture to homes of all sorts, until one morning Vernon finally hears Bird 'speak.' The colorful watercolors exude the warmth and richness of what having good friends in life should feel like. Those who take the time to more

Reviewed by Jody on
November 9, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

When I first saw notice of this book in a forthcoming books catalog I was interested, and later I was pleased to find a book from my ‘to read’ list on the ALA Notables list . I’ve always wanted to go to Machu Picchu and after a trip to some only partially excavated mayan ruins in Honduras, I’ve been even more interested. That combined with the fact that I’m also generally drawn to current day explorer narratives made this more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
November 8, 2012 | 0 comments
Books by Veterans Veteran's Day is next week. Reading a book written by a veteran might be just the way to honor them. Parade has a list of recommended war books written by a new generation of warriors who have shared their wartime experiences. Here's the linked list so you can get started reading. Novels more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 7, 2012 | 0 comments
What We're Reading The great thing about working in a library is that I'm surrounded not only by books, but by people who read them! And they read such a wide range of things that I once again polled them to see what they're reading. Hey I just realized, this post ties right into the election because here are the polling results. Jeff K. just finished Ian Tregillis' Bitter Seeds and more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 6, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Wide Open by Deborah Coates

I just finished the second book in a series and wanted to tell you all about it. The problem is it isn't going to be published for a few months yet (I was lucky enough to get a galley). As I pondered my options, I realized I'd never mentioned the first book in the series, which I liked a lot as well. Wide Open is an amalgam of mystery and fantasy (in the form of magic and ghosts) and introduces Hallie Michaels, a sergeant on leave from the army. Hallie almost died in Afghanistan. To be more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 5, 2012 | 0 comments
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