A review of Blocks by Irene Dickson

Sharing is hard! In Blocks by Irene Dickson, 2016 Nosy Crow, Ruby and Benji learn that sharing and playing with their blocks together is more fun than playing alone. The simple text, big and bold illustrations, and diverse characters make this a great story to share with toddlers. Block cut-outs on the cover and different shaped blocks are a great reminder that block play helps support early literacy. Pair this story with other building block books, and then expand the experience with real more

Reviewed by Holly on
October 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

There’s a tendency by sports commentators to assume all sorts of girl drama within the ultra-competitive world of elite gymnastics. Whether it’s true or not, it’s irresistible to ascribe all sorts of highs and lows as teen and pre-teen girls put their bodies and minds through the punishing training required for the sport. For author Megan Abbott, the intensity of the gymnastics world is a perfect fit for her particular brand of thriller that delves into the darkest corners of the teenage female more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews

The first thing I read by Francine Mathews was Death in the Off-Season which introduced Nantucket police officer Merry Folger. I loved the book. Merry was a great protagonist and the setitng of Nantucket, which veers between being a sleepy small town in the winter to a major tourist destination in more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 25, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

George Clemenceau was facing a huge problem. The man who had seen France through the final phases of World War I, the so called ‘Tigre’ of French politics still going strong into his eighties, was at his wits end thanks to his long standing friendship with Claude Monet. The former prime minister had long been negotiating with Monet to have his last work, a vast ‘Grand Decoration,’ donated to the state to be enshrined in a museum modified to the artist’s specifications set to open in the spring more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 24, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, runs until October 27th, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's super-soaking stream of inventions by Chris Barton

If you imagine that whomever invented the Super-Soaker was hardly a rocket scientist, you would be flat-out wrong! Lonnie Johnson was exactly that, inventing rockets, rocket fuel, robots that actually moved via commands from sister’s walkie-talkie in his childhood. Johnson became a NASA engineer, and then went on to full-time inventing. Woosh! is a look into the life of the man behind the popular toy – his triumphs and his challenges, including racist policies and attitudes that threatened to more

Reviewed by Karen on
October 21, 2016 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival Wisconsin Public Radio is a media sponsor of the Wisconsin Book Festival, occurring October 20-23. It's going to be a busy weekend with lots to see and do, so, if you need a little help, check out these authors and presenters who have been interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio:  Oct 20 at 7:30pm at the Central Library Community RoomJane Hamilton, author of more

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October 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Orchard by Theresa Weir

I've enjoyed just about every novel Theresa Weir has written (both as herself and as Anne Frasier) so I was curious to read her memoir of life on an Iowa apple farm. That I liked the book isn't a shocker. And the fact that the book is darker in tone then the cover suggests was also to be expected more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 19, 2016 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival In conjunction with the Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin and funded in part by UW-Madison Libraries and Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival will host a dynamic group of authors who have written Shakepeare inspired works. In anticipation of the First more

Reviewed by Liz B on
October 18, 2016 | 0 comments
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New Titles November always marks a time when publishers try to get some of their top authors out in time for the holidays and this year is no different.  Perennial top sellers like Lee Child, David Baldacci and Anne Rice are adding to their respective series. A couple of highly anticipated literary novels hit the shelves this month: Pulitzer-winner Michael Chabon presents an epic in Moonglow and Zadie Smith publishes her fifth, Swing Time, mid-month. Fans of TV’s The Daily Show more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
October 17, 2016 | 0 comments
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