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A review of Mr Wuffles by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles is a cat, but this is not a story about a cat. Or at least it’s not a story just about a cat. It’s a story about a cat and aliens. Let me start at the beginning. There is a new toy in Mr. Wuffles’ house. In fact, there are many new toys in Mr. Wuffles’ house, but he doesn’t like to play with any of them -- except one. It’s small and silver and there are tiny green dots that move around inside of it. Pssst: It’s a spaceship that is so small, it could fit inside the palm of your child ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
January 31, 2014 | 2 comments
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Taxonomy of Readers Laura E. Kelly has created a taxonomy of readers and designed a fun infographic to go with it. She says about her idea, "The fun, appropriately wordy infographic...is my homage to the classic Linnaean classification charts of plants and living things. In this case, we’re describing and classifying close to  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 30, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds by Philippa Langley

We all know Richard III really from the play by Shakespeare (and more recently in George R. R. Martin's retelling of the Wars of the Roses in Game of Thrones) as the horrible person whose thirst for power and a throne drove him to murder his nephews in the Tower. Or there are those who believe the previous statement is Tudor propaganda and look to Josephine Tey's novel ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Alicia Ashman on
January 29, 2014 | 0 comments
Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners The prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Medals were announced by the American Library Association on Monday. The awards, which recognize achievement in children’s literature and children’s book illustration respectively, are seen as the top honor in American children’s publishing. ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 28, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Spelling It Like It Is by Tori Spelling

Oh boy. It is beyond fascinating reading about Tori Spelling. Her earlier books, sTORI telling, Mommywood, and Uncharted terriTORI cover a lot of the history of what it's like growing up as Hollywood entertainment royalty. Daughter of television and film mogul Aaron ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 27, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Graceful flamingo is practicing his ballet moves when he spies a little girl in bathing cap and flippers mimicking his poses. After a slightly rocky start, both Flora and the flamingo discover that the dance is much more fun with two. In this wordless tale by artist Molly Idle, a gentle friendship is formed as the two share their love of dance in luminous drawings. And this might even lead to taking a risk with enjoyable results. Flip down tabs reveal the story at just the right pace. For ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 24, 2014 | 2 comments
Best Memoirs of 2013 Like reading about other people's experiences? Then here is a list for you. Below are a few from a new library list-- Memoirs, Recommended in 2013.   Asante, M.K.. Buck: A Memoir. Spiegel & Grau, [2013]. Dawkins, Richard. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
January 23, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Radley, an American teen who has been doing service work in Haiti, returns home amidst political upheaval: the American president has been assassinated and a rebel party has taken control of the government and imprisoned many dissenters. With no way to reach her parents, no money, and a curfew and travel restrictions in place, Radley must find a way to cross the border into New Hampshire in order to get home. When she reaches her home and does not find her parents, Radley continues her walking ...read more

Reviewed by Laura S on
January 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage

The American Library Association will announce the winner and runners up for the prestigious Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year on Monday, January 27th.In the meantime, here’s a list of 10 strong candidates plus 1. Which of these do you feel is most distinguished? Do you know of another book published in 2013 that looks like an award-winner?1. Ten Orange Pumpkins; a ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
January 17, 2014 | 2 comments
Edgar Award Nominees Announced On the same day as the Oscar nominees were announced came similar news from the mystery community. The Edgars are to mystery writers what the Oscars are to the Hollywood community. I think it's going to be a tough year for the judges. There are some great contenders - for a full list of all the categories take a look at the complete list.  Best Novel ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
January 16, 2014 | 0 comments
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