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
JD Robb

With her romance/mystery series J. D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has started to shift gears from mysteries with a lot of romance to mysteries with some romance. At this point these are really police procedurals with a strong romance component. And I'm happy with that mix. In more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 9, 2011 | 0 comments
Book cover of The Slap
Christos Tsiolkas

I've been waiting for someone else to review The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. My book group read this a couple of weeks ago and several of the members of that group write reviews here on MADreads. But I guess no one else wanted to tackle this more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 8, 2011 | 3 comments
Book cover of How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
Sabrina Jeffries

Looking for a historical romance series? Why not check out Sabrina Jeffries' Hellions of Halstead more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 7, 2011 | 0 comments
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