A review of One big pair of underwear by Laura Gehl

I have read a lot of counting books, but One Big Pair Of Underwear is something so much more. Don't be distracted by the obviously silly title, or hysterical pictures of bears tugging on giant tighty-whitey or seals on scooters... this book is a just using those adorable and humorous entities to distract you from realizing it is a vocabulary book. Like it's nursery rhyme ancestors did so well, this children's rhyme sneaks in rare words like greedy, gobble, narrow, nook, craving, twisty into it' more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
June 26, 2015 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Club The Summer Reading Club has been underway for a bit and I just checked in online to see what people are reading. As of a minute ago 362 books have been logged by readers. Way to go SRC members! You're racking up the books. So what are people reading? Sylo more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 25, 2015 | 2 comments
A review of Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue by Bill Watterson

Ahhh, this brought back a lot of good memories. I still miss this as a daily cartoon; really nothing else since has grabbed me the same way and it has been interesting, working in a library, to see the "gospel" of Calvin being passed on from parents to children. It was quite interesting to read the interview with Bill Watterson, both to learn of how the concept was discovered, how he worked on it, and ultimately why he decided to stop. Also interesting was his take on the current state of more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
June 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher

In this age of flash-communication when messages are prized for their brief and fleeting nature, digging into Letters of Note is an inspiring reminder of the power of the old-fashioned written word. Eclectic, indeed, this collection of real-life letters of historical and cultural significance includes love letters, threat letters, advice letters, and plea letters; letters from children, prisoners, scientists, presidents, and movie stars. Some letters are funny; some letters are heart- more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Humans and Dragons have lived together for years with a tenuous truce between them. Yet factions of both humankind and dragonkind are trying to spark a war. Seraphina lives in the palace, daughter of a diplomat, and child of both a human and a dragon. She hides her scales and tries not to call attention to herself, all while working to find a role in the Royal court that would preclude marriage and discovery.I'm a big fan of intrigue, so I liked the Royal intrigue that gets set into play in more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 19, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

This latest by the author of Water for Elephants takes place in Scotland during WWII. Three Gatsby-like characters of American wealth and privilege get into a drunken New Year's Eve mess they can't fix and set off in search of the Loch Ness monster to try and redeem themselves. Maddie, Ellis and Hank travel oversees during air raids and U-boat attacks and arrive in Drumnadrochit thinking they are going to go monster more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

We know the characters: a pretty brunette commoner, her vivacious sister, a young prince pressured to find an appropriate bride, the aging queen presiding over a dysfunctional family. We know most of the story too: they met cute at university, pursue a secret relationship while dodging paparazzi, break up and eventually reunite in a wedding that is broadcast worldwide. There’s really no great literary reason that Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (better known as the Fug bloggers) to write more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 17, 2015 | 0 comments
Recommended Biographies Summer is a time for reading. Some enjoy great beach reads or guilty pleasures for summer reading. But some also like to learn as they relax. If you're one of those people and you enjoy biographies, you should take a look at Booklist's Top 10 Biographies for this year. Eye on the Struggle more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 16, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Jesus Cow by Michael Perry

Michael Perry is back this year with his second venture in novel-length fiction. He made his fame in non-fiction with Population 485, Truck, and more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 15, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

This year’s Teen’s Choice Awards program has gotten off to a busy start. Already there are four votes cast on the Teen’s Choice blog.  Sleeping Freshmen is one of this year’s review books.  At first, Scott is that kid who just wants to get through the day without getting smacked in the back of the head on the bus, without being targeted by older kids for his money, without looking like too much of a nerd to his crush, Julie. Then he sees Julie is involved in various activities and more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 12, 2015 | 0 comments
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