A review of Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince

Liz Prince was a tomboy when she was a kid and it was not easy for her. Boys and girls alternately picked on her or ostracized her. Adults didn't know what to make of her and there were a lot of rules that made things tough for her, like a school requirement that boys wear shirts and ties and girls wear dresses on certain school days.  This autobiographical graphic novel shares her story. It's a really important one. But it got me thinking about tomboys. I am wondering if today's world is more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Hooray For Hat by Brian Won

When Elephant wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, he is in no mood to hear his doorbell ring.  But after stomping down the stairs, he is surprised by a beribboned box on his doorstep.  Inside he discovers a tower of hats.  “HOORAY FOR HAT!”  Then Elephant goes off to show his friends who each have their own case of the grumps, and who each cheer for the hat Elephant offers them.  With minimal text and deceptively simple yet fully expressive illustrations more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Have you ever wondered just what might happen if…you shot an arrow in space? Or what would happen if a thunderstorm dropped all of its rain in one single gigantic drop? Randall Munroe, author of the web comic xkcd and its spin off site What If? has both the time, knowledge and insanity sanity to pursue answers to the unlikely scenarios that faithful readers submit, digging down to the scientific details to reveal some more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 8, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham

Much has been written about this book already, and it's been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for several months. It seems as though everybody has an opinion about Lena Dunham, her HBO television series Girls and this book. Why read another review? Maybe you're already waiting for this book and I want to cement that choice for you. Maybe you are looking for post- more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The adventures of Beekle : the unimaginary friend by Dan Santat

Beekle was born to be an imaginary friend, but no one has imagined him yet!  When Beekle courageously sets out for the real world, will he finally find the special friend of his dreams?  The Adventures of Beekle is a brilliant feast for eyes and hearts, but don't just try to imagine it--borrow it from your local library today! more

Reviewed by Abby on
January 2, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth

I first learned about Call the Midwife from the BBC television series of the same name that won my heart with a historical view of 1950’s London through the lens of a bright-eyed young midwife in training. The tv series is thoughtfully done with just the right balance of medical history and personal intrigue. I picked up the book out of interest in how much of the more

Reviewed by Carra on
December 30, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville

The  Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda Neville is the last in her Wild Quartet series. If you like your historical romances with some intrigue and mystery, then check out this series. Each novel can be read on its own, but it's satisfying to find out how each of the friends find love in the face of adversity. The books are The more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
December 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Little Elliot, Big city by Mike Curato

Will Little Elliot the small, white, polka-dotted elephant be the next big children’s book character?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that this is one book I couldn’t rightly judge by its cover.  Little Elliot is a small soul overlooked in a big and bustling New York City.  Pushed around in subway crowds, unable to reach up to the bakery counter to purchase a cupcake, Elliot defines the word diminutive.  Until, that is, he meets Mouse.  Mouse needs Elliot, and more

Reviewed by Karen on
December 26, 2014 | 0 comments
My Top Ten For the first ten days of the month librarians around the country counted down their top ten books read for 2014 and listed them on Twitter using the hashtag #libfaves14. The top title was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry which I loved and reviewed. Though I really enjoyed Fikry, it didn't more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
December 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

Open up this lovely and colorful picture book about author and illustrator Lois Ehlert! The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life (Beach Lane Books, 2013) reads like a personal journal or memory book, with the added benefit of having Ehlert’s own stunning artwork, personal jottings, and inspirations filling every page. We get to see a yellowed photo of her parents after a trek to hunt wild asparagus. We get a peek at her folk art and fishing lure collection – we see mock-ups of some of her more

Reviewed by Tracy on
December 19, 2014 | 0 comments
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