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A review of The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Novellas aren't usually my thing. Not because I think they can't be good - but because they may be exactly that. I like to dive in and submerse myself in a book and when a novella is good, the primary feeling I have as I finish is of wanting more. Occasionally I do find the story that is perfectly suited to the novella form. I find an author who has such nice control of his plot and characters that the shorter length works wonderfully.  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 20, 2017 | 2 comments
A review of What in the World? Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

A beautiful book that introduces numbers and counting. The illustrations are lush and uncluttered and the rhyming scheme of the text flows wonderfully. It includes some vocabulary that very young children probably haven't encountered yet, which is always a good thing. ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
March 17, 2017 | 1 comment
A review of Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

This is a stunning Art Deco version of Snow White set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.  It.  Is.  Gorgeous. The graphic novel opens with Snow and her mother frolicking in Central Park.  The mother collapses and the reader sees blood in the snow.  Snow's mother never recovers, leaving the young girl and her father heartbroken and bereft.  We witness the subsequent marriage of Snow's wealthy and widowed father to a Ziegfeld girl and Snow packing for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 16, 2017 | 0 comments
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Madison Public Library Insider Book Lists If you're a regular reader of MADreads you may already be an email subscriber to at least one of our Insider email lists (you can subscribe to a daily option). But for those of you who only drop in once in a while, or those who just didn't know an email notification is possible, I wanted to bring to your attention this and some of the other options available to your email inbox. MPL has many options for book and other news that you can have mailed to you. Subscribe to the Audiobook Update or ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 15, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermott

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, runs from March 16th-30th, 2017. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Previous Big Library Read titles include ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 13, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

When seventh-grader Stef Soto and one of her best friends win tickets to a concert, she tries to prove to her parents that she’s old and responsible enough to go. Her parents are apprehensive about it and more importantly, need help with running the family business, a taco truck named Tía Perla. Amongst juggling friendships, the frustrations of growing up with overprotective parents yet loving them unconditionally, and standing up for what she believes in, Stef has to find her balance and stick ...read more

Reviewed by Jody on
March 10, 2017 | 0 comments
New Mysteries For a number of years now I'm been sharing a list of mysteries, both new characters and old. Here is my winter/spring 2017 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. I've already caught up with NYC Detective Codella.  She is still surviving her bout with cancer, she is learning about love, and she catches the killer. Are there any new mysteries that you are looking forward to reading?   ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 9, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle

Are you familiar with Raggedy Ann? She's a gentle rag doll with red yarn hair and a sweet smile. It's believed that her sweetness comes from the "I LOVE YOU" candy heart that lives inside her stuffing. That just makes me melt. I mean, really. This charming classic includes all of the original Raggedy Ann stories in which Raggedy comes to live in Marcella's nursery and leads the charge of dollies into the pantry and on many other adventures. My personal favorites include Raggedy Ann Learns a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 7, 2017 | 0 comments
Top Biographies Booklist does many Top 10 lists every year. Here is one for those who like to read about other people and their lives: Top 10 Biographies: 2017   Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson.  Casey Stengel: ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 6, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of [Heart] 2 [heart] by Lois Ehlert

Veggies and fruits in bold, bright colors, and lots of rebus riddles to decipher mean this love-filled little # by picture book author extraordinaire Lois Ehlert is never out of season--2 much F(onion)!       ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
March 3, 2017 | 0 comments
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