A review of Get Happy by Malachy Doyle

Happy is a great feeling, and now it's an easy feeling to share thanks to a new book called Get Happy. Author Malachy Doyle and illustrator Caroline Uff (Happy Birthday, Lulu!) combine simple text and hug-able pictures to model the best choices to turn a sad situation into a happy one. While the reassuring illustrations and inviting tone work well for bedtime, share Get Happy anytime you and your more

Reviewed by Abby on
August 24, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

London during the Blitz of WWII is often depicted as a place where everyone came together for the common good. And for the most part, I think that history holds true. But people being people, there are factions and sometimes fractures within the factions. Those fractures are what drive people to make dangerous choices and choose sides. They also make great fodder for this debut mystery. Though she was raised in the States Maggie Hope is British born. She's recently graduated from college and more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 23, 2012 | 0 comments
Books to Movies I ran across the article "Books you need to read before the movies come out". According to the article and galley of pictures from the upcoming films there are titles to fit every literary taste, including classic fiction, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, YA. Have you read any? If not, here's your chance to read before you see it in the theater. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 22, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

When worrying about the potential death of our planet, there are plenty of things to consider: global warming, holes in the ozone layer, bird flu - the list goes on and on. One possibility that I haven't considered until quite recently is the Earth's rotation slowing down, changing the pull of gravity and the cycle of day and night until the planet slowly becomes uninhabitable. Luckily for me, Karen Thompson Walker has imagined this very situation quite vividly in her debut novel The Age of more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 21, 2012 | 4 comments
A review of I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

Justin Halpern catapulted into the world of fame and fortune after his popular twitter feed "Sh*t My Dad Says" was parlayed into a best-selling book and prime time network television show. Well, fame and fortune might be exaggerating a bit, and the show starring William Shatner as Justin's dad pretty much bombed, but he's still writing books and they are still funny. Halpern's new book I Suck at Girls chronicles Justin more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of If You Lived Here by Giles Laroche

Artistically, this is one of the coolest books I’ve ever seen. I can only imagine the time that went into the creation of each illustration. The artist has fashioned the most amazing, intricate bas-relief cut-paper collages of fifteen very unique homes from different time periods and from a variety of countries around the world. One could easily spend many hours looking at the incredible detail on each page. From cave dwellings to castles and yurts to airstream trailers, each home includes a more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
August 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel by John Guy

A biography of Thomas Beckett is not exactly a new occurrence. What is new about John Guy's detailed account of the martyr is the page-turning suspense he creates. If you've heard of Thomas Beckett and the difficulties he had with Henry II in 12th century England, then you know things didn't end well (he was declared a martyr after all). But the knowing doesn't lessen the tension which is ever present as author John Guy carefully pieces together the elements of Beckett's life and then more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 16, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The world of the lifeboat was contradictory. Cast upon the vastness of the North Atlantic, survivors of the wrecked Empress Alexandra are struggling to survive, confidently awaiting rescue in the busy shipping lanes, yet they hoard water and dried fish should the reality of their situation become grimmer. There are thirty-nine bedraggled survivors in the tiny craft as Grace Winter begins her account of the days and weeks spent in that lifeboat: there will be far fewer when rescue comes. What more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 15, 2012 | 0 comments
Forthcoming titles Summer is a time to relax and catch up with old friends, both real and fictional. So I thought that I would share some of the mysteries that I am looking forward to reading this summer. Here is part 3 of my 3 part summer mystery list.  The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen [8/21]setting: Copenhagen, Denmarkcharacter: Detective Carl Mørck more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
August 13, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of Let's Play House by Emma Quay

I know I’ve discovered a new favorite book whenever I find myself wishing I could crawl inside the story and live there. That doesn’t happen very often with board books, and even less often with a multi-book series, so I was thrilled to discover the “Hello, Friends” books, written by Emma Quay and illustrated by Anna Walker. Three friends, a panda, an owl and a sheep, play together in these four delightful tales about imagination, bravery, sharing and bedtime. Although those topics have been more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
August 10, 2012 | 0 comments
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