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A review of Dinosaur Pirates! by Penny Dale

A team of dinosaurs are sailing the seas, on a secret mission to find buried treasure. They accomplish their goal, only to be set upon by a band of enemy dinosaur pirates! This is one book in a series of books about dinosaurs doing adventurous things. The story is simple yet suspenseful, with some repetitive sounds on each page. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
June 9, 2017 | 0 comments
Summer Mysteries 2017 Summer is fast approaching and here is another one of my mystery lists. I am looking forward to catching up with some of my favorite detectives.   Knife Creek by Paul Dorion [6/13] ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 8, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper

Do you love cuteness, crafting, cats, pandas and birthdays? Any or all of these things? Well, have I got a book for you! A super cute and clever little girl named Birdie (it just gets cuter by the minute) is celebrating her "Birthday Break" at school with handcrafted panda cupcakes. Then something terrible happens, or a couple of terrible things happen, and Birdie's alter-ego, "Crafty Cat" must save the day. I applaud the way Birdie goes with the flow when accidents happen. She's upset, but ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Roll by Darcy Miller

The summer before his 6th grade year, Ren and his parents move from town to a house out in the country, cutting off Ren's access to his best friend Austin. This is extra stressful because Austin has hit puberty big time, and seems to be speeding away from Ren and their shared interests at a breakneck speed. Ren's new life in the country is a lot of dullness until he sees a flock of brids spinning through the air, and meets their trainer, Sutton, a firey-haired 11-year-old girl who is preparing ...read more

Reviewed by Beth M on
June 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Love this one. I'll just start with that. I've grown a bit weary of the unreliable narrator domestic suspense subgenre of thrillers lately. Still some great ones coming out (The Breakdown, The Marriage Pact to name a couple), but more and more often I find them a bit of a slog. That's why this one was such a nice surprise. It's a domestic thriller, but doesn't rely on the unreliable narrator ( ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 2, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Mom, There's a Bear at the Door by Sabine Lipan

A mother is busy working in the kitchen, when her young son announces that there is a bear at the door of their apartment - on the eleventh floor!  There is humorous banter between mother and son as he explains just how the bear arrived at their door, and what it will take for the bear to get back home.   This fun story should appeal to children with grand imaginations and those who delight in tall-tales. Be sure to look for Mom, There's a Bear at the Door the next time you are at the ...read more

Reviewed by Jennifer on
June 1, 2017 | 0 comments
True Murder Stories ​Do you like reading about actual cirmes? Then check out this list of Alexandria Marzaqno-Lesnevich's 's ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

There’s been a bit of buzz among book people about Anthony Horowitz’s new novel The Magpie Murders, leading to it being named the top pick for June’s Library Reads and sparking a bit of a ‘dibs’ war when an advanced readers’ copy landed in the library office. It’s no wonder: Horowitz’s novel has been billed as an homage to the golden age of the British mystery, and a compelling novel-within-a-novel in its own right. There’s some catty commentary ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 24, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is now 84 years old! This knocked my socks off. What a pleasure it was to read this book - it's a chronology for fans of Carol Burnett, fans of The Carol Burnett Show, and fans of television comedy and media history. This serves as a thorough inventory of what putting a live variety show together in the late 1960s through the 1970s was like, from the nitty-gritty of sketch writing to the sound effects, staging and sets, studio audience and famous guests.  The options ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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Forthcoming Events I don't know if you knew this or not, but the Wisconsin Book Festival holds events all year round. Madison Public Library hosts the Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series throughout the year as a way of generating awareness about the festival and solidifying author programming in the community. In fact, in early June there will be two such events. On June 3 - 7 pm, in the Central Library 3rd floor Community RoomsScott Turow - ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 22, 2017 | 0 comments
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