A review of Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

"Chopsticks" pretty much sums it up for me, with Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" coming in a close second. There's something about the repetitiveness of "Chopsticks" that echoes lunacy. When I realized that Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral's unusual teen mad romance utilizes this waltz to demonstrate how the main character, a piano prodigy, is careening off course, I immediately understood. No more words required. The name of this instantly recognizable tune conveys the message loud and more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 27, 2012 | 2 comments
A review of The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

I will admit I’m a relative newbie to the romances, only coming to the genre and Regency-era historical titles in particular, only in the past couple of years.  Digging into a new genre is always fun, and more so when one comes across authors that never crossed the radar before.  For me, I’ve been drawn especially to Eloisa James, whose skill with characterization and witty dialogue added to swoony heroes and strong minded heroines makes for a fun twist on traditional romance. more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Blue Sky by Audrey Wood

If you haven't checked out a picture book by Audrey Wood, you need to -- right away. Titles like The Napping House, Silly Sally and King Bidgood's in the Bathtub have become classics. Her newest entry more

Reviewed by Krissy on
November 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

I’m going to try something a little different with this book review—not only am I going to share my reactions to the book, I’ll share the reactions of my library book group as well. Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka and lived there until he moved to England via passenger ship at age 11, just as the main characters in The Cat's Table do. In interviews Ondaatje says he wanted to portray ‘the huge gulf’ between children and parents during a part of childhood he called the ‘feral more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
November 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

No one writes a fairy tale like Margo Lanagan. Her first novel, Tender Morsels, was one of my favorite books of 2008, and her story collections Red Spikes, Black Juice, and more

Reviewed by Kylee on
November 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Where's Walrus by Stephen Savage

When walrus waddles off, wackiness ensues in this wordless wonder-book. Perfect for pointing preschoolers, pick this prize from your proximal (Madison) Public Library--pronto! more

Reviewed by Abby on
November 16, 2012 | 1 comment
National Book Awards Announced The National Book Awards were announced last night. Louise Erdrich has won her first NBA for fiction (hard to believe!) with The Round House. In nonfiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo won for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 15, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron

Though I've been a fan of Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series, I've always wished that she had continued the Sigrid Harald series. My wish was semi-granted last year in Three-Day Town. In that book Deborah and her husband Dwight are on a belated honeymoon in New York and of course they stumble into a murder. more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 14, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin

I’m in love with a man who has been dead for 300 years. His name was Samuel Pepys*, royal civil servant, husband, employer, hedonist, and a more than a little lecherous. He was also a keen observer, lived at the center of London’s cultural and political life, and happily for posterity, a dedicated diarist. Pepys’ diary, kept between 1660 to 1669, details epic events in London’s history, most famously the more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
November 13, 2012 | 1 comment
A review of Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Eucalyptus Middle School is putting on the old-fashioned musical "Moon over Mississippi" and seventh grader Callie is working on the stage crew. She's a boy crazy drama geek with purple hair and a love for all things theater. She's super excited about painting sets and building a pretend cannon for the show and the cast and crew is friendly and encouraging.  Callie's a happy kid with a good group of friends and a lot of positive adult support, but she's got one big problem: she's boy crazy more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
November 12, 2012 | 0 comments
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