A review of Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

A gorgeous non-fiction picture book for spring, Raindrops Roll combines beautiful nature photography with simple, poetic words describing the science of raindrops.  Boasting animals and vegetation with all kinds of colors, shapes, and textures, this book isn’t just about rain, but how everything it falls on is affected.  Concluding with two pages of more in-depth scientific explanation for school-aged kids, this book is great for both its beautiful images, and an intro to water more

Reviewed by Carra on
May 11, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Hold Me by Susan Mallery

The latest book in Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series does not disappoint. Destiny Mills is in Fool’s Gold to facilitate the setting up of a search and rescue software program purchased by the town. She likes going to new places, setting up the program and then heading on to the next site. Yes, Fools Gold seems to be a nice place with friendly people and Kipling Gilmore, the head of the town’s HERO program (Help Emergency Rescue Operations) is easy on the eyes, but that doesn’t mean she is more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
May 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

This is an enchanting little book that celebrates words from around the world that have no English translation. 52 words are illustrated and defined and as I admired the artwork and hand lettering I felt the world open up. Some of the words are profound. Some are silly. Some make you think, "Oh, so that's what they call it." You've always hoped others were thinking or feeling what you were and now you have a name for it.  Some examples include: Gezellig (Dutch) n. Describes much more than more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Special Delivery by Philip Christian Stead

When Sadie decides to send her lonely Great-Aunt Josephine an elephant, nothing will stand in her way. This great picture book features a loveable, determined little girl as she finds herself in the midst of a grand adventure. The illustrations remind me of a mix of Shel Silverstein, Quentin Blake, and  Don Madden, bringing to life a colorful cast of characters, including courageous women, helpful mailmen, and some not-so-nefarious monkeys. (Seriously. The monkeys attempt a robbery more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
May 1, 2015 | 0 comments
Books to Movies There are a lot of movies I look forward to, but I'm always most interested to see what Hollywood does with adaptations. Lately the best ones seem to be happening on tv. I'm loving Game of Thrones and Outlander. And I'm cautiously optimistic about MTV doing a Shannara series - yes it's MTV, but they do seem to be putting a big push on it, so fingers crossed? So TV is doing readers proud more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 29, 2015 | 2 comments
A review of Ballad by Blexbolex

Perhaps you’ve already enjoyed other brightly-illustrated picture books by the French artist who goes by Blexbolex, like People or Seasons. If so, you know how captivating his simple screen-print illustrations can be. So captivating, in fact, that hardly any words are necessary to transport you through a world of wild more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Rebekah Roberts is happy to have her first job as a stringer reporter for a tabloid in New York. Each morning she heads out to whatever story she's been assigned. Some are interesting, some not so much, but at least she's using her journalism degree. When she's sent to a scrap yard because of the discovery of a murdered woman's body, Rebekah has no idea that the story will lead her to discover things about her own past. The murdered woman is Rivka Mendelssohn, a member of New York's Hasidic more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Naptime by Iris de Mouy

If you have ever argued over naptime (as a child or a parent), then this is the book for you! It is naptime on the savannah, but the animals are NOT interested. In her distinctive illustration style, Iris De Mouy, shows the many ways the animals try to avoid their sleepy fate but are outsmarted by one little girl. With simple, short sentences and bright, vivid pictures, this is a great choice for young children (especially sleepy ones!). more

Reviewed by Krissy on
April 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman

Parked to the side of the road as part of drug intercept operation Bernie is convinced that it is a bust until a big silver car with Arizona plates speeds past her. Pulling out after the car, she is relieved when the car slows and pulls to a halt. The driver cooperates with her but the mystery deepens. Why was he driving at night on the Navaho nation, pretty far from both where he was from and where he was going? Why the loaded gun in the glove compartment, the nervousness, the attempted more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
April 23, 2015 | 0 comments
Pulitzer Prizes Announced Yesterday marked the announcement of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes for the best in literature, nonfiction, biography and other genres.  The fiction award went to the surprise best-seller All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. The intricate story follows the lives of two children, one a French resistance fighter and the other a member of the Hitler Youth, whose lives eventually intertwine. Doerr’s novel has garnered considerable acclaim since its release last May, including a more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 22, 2015 | 0 comments
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