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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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 7, 2015 | 0 comments
Recommended Memoirs of 2014 Do you like reading about other people's memories? Then here are some suggestions for you from the upcoming list Memoirs, Recommended in 2014.  If you want more, then subscribe to the Library Insider Newsletter-- Thanks For the Memories: Biographies and Memoirs, which comes out every other ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Baby Party by Rebecca O'Connell

A very sweet, simple and colorful book for babies that includes a first introduction to several shapes, one baby wears a triangle party hat; another baby brings a square present.  By the same author that gave us “The Baby Goes Beep” and “Baby Parade.”  The text also invites clapping, singing and smooching with a multicultural group of babies and parents. ...read more

Reviewed by Lesley K on
April 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Shake Puppies by Carli Davidson

Photographer and animal trainer Carli Davidson has captured something so specific and mesmerizing that I feel compelled to spread the word. She photographs dogs and puppies mid-shake. This is all jowls and ears and spittle and fur. All paws and playful cuteness. All feel-good. I mean, look at the bull dog puppy on this cover. Just loooook at hiiimmmmm. This is some earnest stuff. With an important dose of awareness. Shake Puppies is the follow-up to the bestselling ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 2, 2015 | 3 comments
A review of Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Vivian Maier

If you haven’t seen the photography of Vivian Maier, take the time to check out one of the compilations of her work. My favorite so far has been Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows. It’s a compilation of many of her photographs, interspersed with mini-biographical vignettes describing the times and places in her life where she took the photos. I first learned about Vivian Maier from the documentary movie  ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
April 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Recent Reads I've been reading across the genres lately and have found some great reads for spring. First up is The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (best known for their fashion, pop culture, and royal watch blogging as the Fuggirls). Their re-imagining of the Kate and William romance is "part fairy tale, part cautionary tale" ( ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Ask anyone about a notorious shipwreck, and they will more than likely respond with the Titanic disaster of 1912. Yet a mere three years later, another grand ocean liner met an equally disastrous fate, the repercussions of which would be felt far beyond those immediately involved. May 7th marks the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, the giant Cunard liner that many felt could not, would not fall victim to Germany’s submarine warfare against British ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

As a huge fan of historical fiction and someone who also appreciates a good horror flick, I'd be lying if I said the title of Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender wasn't the deal-maker when it came time to choose a new read. I assumed the novel might take place around the French Revolution; however, it's actually a modern-day tale. Our narrator, Colette, is your typical teenage girl attending a private school in Ohio on scholarship: balancing complicated family ...read more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 27, 2015 | 0 comments
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