A review of Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki

This is a sweet story that depicts a young child walking and observing animals. Along the way, the child sees a butterfly, a lizard, birds, and cats. As the child walks towards each creature, with hands out, the child is thinking, “wait, wait.” The child wants to touch and observe the animal up close. But of course, the animals fly or run away. I love how this book shows young children’s naturally curiosity and fearlessness. The story ends with the child being scooped up by the father and more

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May 9, 2014 | 0 comments
World War I Mysteryes Are you looking for new mysteries to read? Then check out the suggestions that I read about in the March 31, 2014, Publishers Weekly article, "Where One Death Is a Crime (But a Thousand Is a Statistic)". The author highlights a number of mystery series. Some are set during the more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 8, 2014 | 0 comments
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A review of Savoring the Harvest by Irene Cash and Victor Marsh

I belong to a CSA and I love it. But I'm always looking for new things to do with the vegetables - some of which, I'll admit, stump me. Well now I've got some new ideas from local authors Irene Cash and Victor Marsh.  Savoring the Harvest is first and foremost a beautiful book. The color photos of the produce that can be found at local markets are gorgeous. But along with the lovely photos, are recipes for things I can't wait to make. I'm an amateur cook, to say the least, and more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
May 6, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton has been taking street photographs of New Yorkers since 2010 and featuring them on Facebook, Tumblr and his blog, Humans of New York (HONY). He has more than four million social media followers and his blog is updated daily with portraits, quotes and short stories from the people he meets.  400 of more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 5, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of Odd Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings

Odd, weird, and little says it all, when describing the new kid in Woodrow’s classroom. Toulouse is his name, he’s from Quebec, he wears a fancy suit and carries a briefcase, and he speaks French. Woodrow, the book’s narrator and the current odd-man-out at school, is immediately intrigued with Toulouse, but he wonders if it would be worth it befriending this unique and rather owlish new student. Woodrow defends Toulouse against the classroom bullies, and Toulouse helps Woodrow, while more

Reviewed by Madeleine on
May 2, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke continues her American Heiress in London series with another delightful love story, How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days. This story of an arranged marriage that turns into a true love match follows When the Marquess Met His Match (see my more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 1, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Noggin by John Whaley Corey

I have been waiting for a new book from John Corey Whaley since finishing his beautiful debut novel, Where Things Come Back, in 2011. It’s finally here! and it’s called Noggin. Noggin tells the story of Travis who is dying of cancer and has his head cryogenically preserved. Five years later, scientists attach it to a new body to bring him back to life. He’s not a zombie, he’s not more

Reviewed by Laura S on
April 29, 2014 | 0 comments
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Holocaust Books April 27–May 4, 2014 2014 are this year's Days of Remembrance. "The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Holocaust Remembrance Day is Monday, April 28, 2014." So why not take some more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford

If you grew up loving the Ramona Quimby books and are looking for something similar (but with more illustrations and less words), allow me to introduce you to Miss Violet Mackerel. There are four books currently published about her adventures, and each one is charming and heart-warming, but not sickly-sweet or unrealistic. Violet sometimes learns hard lessons about how the world works, but she does so within the gentle care of her family life. Violet herself has a strong character, but she is more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 25, 2014 | 0 comments
Spring and Summer Mysteries For the past couple of years I have been periodically sharing the mysteries that I have been looking forward to reading.  In honor of spring finally arriving and summer on it's way I have put together another list of mysteries that I would like to read while sitting outside and enjoying the weather. Which favorite character would you like to catch up with and go on an adventure with?  Destroyer more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 22, 2014 | 0 comments
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