A review of Chengdu could not, would not, fall asleep by Barney Saltzberg

How many parents have had this experience?  “Mama, I can’t fall asleep”.  This is Chengdu‘s plight.  Chengdu is a small panda, wide awake while all the other pandas in the bamboo grove snooze peacefully.  No matter how he tries, wiggles, twitches or twists, sleep eludes him.   Finally, like many children, Chengdu seeks out his brother, Yuan, cuddles up to him and drifts off.  But, now Yuan is wide awake!  Barney Saltzberg has created a gentle, humorous more

Reviewed by Ruth on
May 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

A hard-scrabble life, never knowing if the home you have worked for will be ruthlessly wrenched away from you tomorrow. The threat of raiders always present, blood-thirsty men calling on their god to avenge some wrong or deliver land and wealth. Shifting alliances with friends quickly turning to enemies, and blood relatives betraying each other without a thought. Such is the world of Uhtred, son of Uhtred, earl of Northumbria in the chaotic waning decades of ninth century Britain. Danes are more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
May 19, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

I've been hearing chatter among the bookie libarians I know about this debut novel - and many have commented about how this is a book for fans of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. That alone made me interested since I loved Fikry and since I had a 4-hour plane trip to get through, I took it with. Smart idea more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
May 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale

Welcome to the most 'deliciously exotic, delightfully luxurious, and ravishingly beautiful resort on earth.'At the end of the nineteenth century, people from all over the world travel to Ronan Rackham's resort and zoo to experience the jungle. Marvin, one of Ronan's sons, helps at the zoo and is often overlooked because he doesn't say much due to his stuttering.  When Marvin is with the animals though, he can speak with ease.  After a successful hunt for a man-eating jaguar, his more

Reviewed by Jody on
May 15, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

I'm not into big time scary, but I'm fond of reading gothic horror from time to time. I went through a phase a while back where I dug deep into the origins of the genre and read The Castle of Otranto and The Mysteries of Udolpho, considered to be two of the earliest examples of gothic fiction or gothic romance. I've also enjoyed more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 14, 2015 | 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 summer 2015 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. Which character are looking forward to reconnecting with? Are there any new mysteries that you would recommend? ​​The Devil's Making: A Mystery by Sean Haldane [5/5] [new series]character: police man Chad Hobbes​setting: 1869 Victoria more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 13, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre

A gorgeous non-fiction picture book for spring, Raindrops Roll combines beautiful nature photography with simple, poetic words describing the science of raindrops.  Boasting animals and vegetation with all kinds of colors, shapes, and textures, this book isn’t just about rain, but how everything it falls on is affected.  Concluding with two pages of more in-depth scientific explanation for school-aged kids, this book is great for both its beautiful images, and an intro to water more

Reviewed by Carra on
May 11, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Hold Me by Susan Mallery

The latest book in Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series does not disappoint. Destiny Mills is in Fool’s Gold to facilitate the setting up of a search and rescue software program purchased by the town. She likes going to new places, setting up the program and then heading on to the next site. Yes, Fools Gold seems to be a nice place with friendly people and Kipling Gilmore, the head of the town’s HERO program (Help Emergency Rescue Operations) is easy on the eyes, but that doesn’t mean she is more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
May 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

This is an enchanting little book that celebrates words from around the world that have no English translation. 52 words are illustrated and defined and as I admired the artwork and hand lettering I felt the world open up. Some of the words are profound. Some are silly. Some make you think, "Oh, so that's what they call it." You've always hoped others were thinking or feeling what you were and now you have a name for it.  Some examples include: Gezellig (Dutch) n. Describes much more than more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Special Delivery by Philip Christian Stead

When Sadie decides to send her lonely Great-Aunt Josephine an elephant, nothing will stand in her way. This great picture book features a loveable, determined little girl as she finds herself in the midst of a grand adventure. The illustrations remind me of a mix of Shel Silverstein, Quentin Blake, and  Don Madden, bringing to life a colorful cast of characters, including courageous women, helpful mailmen, and some not-so-nefarious monkeys. (Seriously. The monkeys attempt a robbery more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
May 1, 2015 | 0 comments
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