A review of The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

The book The Walled City by Ryan Graudin, is a dark and gripping story based loosely on the real Kowloon Walled City that used to exist (until 1994) in Hong Kong, China. This city was the densest settlement on the planet, boasting 33,000 people trying to live in the space of one city block. This led to some interesting developments: buildings were stacked on top of each other over and over again, the Triad gangs controlled dens of prostitution and gambling, and citizens more

Reviewed by Carrie on
September 21, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Edmond, the Moonlit Party by Astrid Desbordes

This delightful, colorful book by Astrid Desbordes is extra-charming because of its celebration of various personality types. We meet Edmond, a shy squirrel living in a tree; his downstairs neighbor, a party-loving bear; and his upstairs neighbor, an owl with a penchant for elaborate costumes. With a smattering of degrees of social anxiety, Edmond and his neighbors demonstrate the value of differing personality types at a party, not to mention nothing-tarts and pretending to be wearing a more

Reviewed by Carra on
September 18, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation by Melissa Rivers

Fashion Police is back on the air and I am contented and relieved. A goodly number of us at Madison Public Library, including several of my fellow MADreads reviewers, are big fans of Joan Rivers, may she rest in peace. We've seen her perform live and we religiously watch Fashion Police and any and all red carpet coverage. If I had a twenty dollar bill (Joan would say a dime's not worth much, hold out for more) for every time I more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 15, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Tangled Up! More than 40 Creative Prompts, Patterns, and Projects for the Tangler in You by Penny Raile

Too rainy for outdoor play? Are your kids bored with the usual after school activities? For those tweens and teens that love to color, create or doodle, this is a great way to work those creative muscles. Using official tangles to create Zentangle Inspired Art, Raile covers all the basics, the art tools needed, the patterns with step-by-step instructions, and she shares many creative applications and variations on the tangles.  She has divided the book into various types of tangles - more

Reviewed by Karen on
September 11, 2015 | 0 comments
Booklist's Top Sports Books Baseball is heading into the homestretch. Football has begun. How about checking out Booklist's annual Top 10 Sports Books? They include the skiing, cycling, board games, bowling, and basketball. Are there any new sports books that also belong on this list? Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX by Ginny Gilder. 2015. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler stays true to form in this, her latest slice-of-life, lilting family saga. In A Spool of Blue Thread, we meet three generations of Whitshanks, a Baltimore family inhabiting the same house across time. There is a blue thread that follows the Whitshanks through the generations. In some cases blue is bawdy; in other cases it’s sad; in still others it’s unexpectedly cathartic. But Tyler’s artfully woven thread shows us that despite the appearance of evolution, we more

Reviewed by Carra on
September 8, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Sometimes a yard sale can mean discovering marvelous treasures, fun times with parents or loved ones, or simply a summer day activity. But for Callie, the young protagonist in Yard Sale by Eve Bunting (Candlewick, 2015), it means that she has to give away all of her beloved things and move to a small apartment. Callie watches as a lady buys her bed “with crayon marks on it” and sees a man loading up her favorite red bike onto his truck. In Callie, we see (and feel) the heartache of leaving more

Reviewed by Tracy on
September 4, 2015 | 0 comments
Historical Reads A couple of weekends ago I was supposed to go see the Downton Abbey clothing exhibit at The Paine in Oshkosh and was unable to do so. That made me very sad. But I think, because of that missed opportunity, I've been in a historical kind of mood and my reading reflects that. The Other Daughter by more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 1, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Lumberjanes. Vol. 1, Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Five of the baddest, raddest Lumberjane scouts attend Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types. These girls are ready for adventure and there is much to be found in the woods surrounding Miss Quinzella's. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are prepared to earn their badges for the usual activities like boating, knot tying, and archery. What they are faced with instead are sea monsters, zombies, yetis and secret caves. Each Lumberjane is easily more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude cakes never say please or thank you. They never listen. In short, they have terrible manners. In this book, watch what happens when a rude cake meets a well-mannered giant cyclops. Accompanied by lovely whimsical illustrations of a mis-behaving cake and the adventures they gets into, this is a fantastic and fantastical book that I didn’t know I needed until I saw it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Seriously, it's the cutest little thing. Take a look! more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 28, 2015 | 0 comments
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