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
A review of Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

Imagine if reclusive poet Emily Dickinson had a cell phone and was texting for shawls and tea while hiding in her room. Or if Lord Byron was sexting and arranging his late night trysts with his many willing admirers. Or if Emily Bronte's Heathcliff and Cathy obsessively sent each other "I love you so much I'd..., NO I love YOU so much I'd..." challenges. If only the heroes and heroines of English 101:  Introduction to English Literature could avail themselves of modern technology. There more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 21, 2015 | 0 comments
Recommended Biographies of 2014 Like reading about other people and their lives? Then here is a list for you. Below are a few from a new library list, Biographies, Recommended in 2014. For more reading suggestions check out Madison Public Library Insider newsletter-- Thanks For the Memories: Biographies and Memoirs. more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 15, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter by Sidney Poitier

The third in a series of autobiographical works by Sidney Poitier, Life Beyond Measure is a compilation of letters that Poitier wrote to his great-granddaughter, born when Poitier was 80 years old. Poitier uses the format to provide a living document for his progeny, telling the story of his own life and offering advice and guidance to a generation that will survive him. The well-known actor tells of his upbringing on a small Bahamian island with no electricity or running water, and more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman

Though western romances were for a long time a no-go for me, I'm a fan of Jo Goodman and have followed her switch from English set historicals to her western ones. A decision I haven't regretted once. And her newest featuring bounty hunter Katherine "Calico" Nash and former cavalryman Quill McKenna is going right up the list as a favorite. Calico and Quill meet in a bordello where she's more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 13, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

A martial arts book for newly independent readers with generous, attractive illustrations AND a female protagonist? Yes, please! Bunjitsu Bunny  stars the brave, but never aggressive rabbit, Isabel.  Each chapter is a stand-alone story about different encounters she has, making this a perfect bedtime book (no stressful cliffhangers!). My personal favorite chapters are those in which she avoids a fight with a bully and in which she “defeats the angry wave” by realizing that it only more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 10, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami's novella The Strange Library was originally published in 2008 and has recently been released by American publisher Knopf in a trade paperback edition. The book is designed by famed author, editor, and graphic artist Chip Kidd with a provocative flap cover and contains 36 pages of full color illustrations plus graphics on the flaps. So go ahead and judge this book by its cover. I daresay I appreciate more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Lion and the Mouse by Jenny Broom

The ancient fable of the lion and the mouse bursts from the page in this brilliant new adaptation by Jenny Broom and Nahta Noj. Featuring cutouts on every page, crisp colors and inventive typography, this retelling is as visually refreshing as its message of cooperation and friendship is timeless. The generous pops of color and the prospect of peeking through the pages pull in preschoolers while the text's varied fonts and sizes effortlessly reinforce the pre-reading skill of "print awareness more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 7, 2015 | 0 comments
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