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Big Bad Bubble
As much as I enjoyed "Those Darn Squirrels," I was sure I'd like this book, and I do think it was mostly fine. But, I kept thinking afterward that he ...more
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May 22, 2014
Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales To Fall In Love With
Beyond the Glass Slipper provides a glimpse into a world of fairy tales not usually seen by people whose idea of the genre is defined by Disney's bast ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Apr 13, 2013
I Want My Hat Back
I guess I'm in the minority, but I just don't really get this book. It's cute enough, and I even like the art, but it doesn't sing for me like, for e. ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
Honestly, I have no idea why I even borrowed this from the library. I'm not at a stage in life where I need to hear the pros and cons of homeschooling ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Dec 16, 2010
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
I suppose I could quibble some minor points, but, really, I absolutely loved it. There are books that make me visibly weep (Slaughterhouse-Five, for e ...more
Oct 02, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
The One and Only Ivan
This story borders on sublimity. Rare is a tale that is told with a simple, spare language and yet is so provocative. Ms. Applegate convincing conveys ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
Three Bears in a Boat
The story was all right (I was hoping the story would be more interesting as the title reminded me of that wonderfully droll "Three Men In a Boat") bu ...more
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Oct 22, 2014
I Hatched!
An adorable narrative nonfiction book of a killdeer chick's first day out of an egg as told by the chick. Cute pictures and a cute, simple rhyme works ...more
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Mar 07, 2014
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings
I admit to being a sucker for science books regardless of target age. Science married to poetry elevates both to a new level. Because of that, I found ...more
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Feb 10, 2014
What Floats in a Moat?
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge proponent of science education and am always rooting for science books to do well, but I just could not give ...more
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Jan 26, 2014
The Day the Crayons Quit
Jeffers' art goes really well with this very funny story. My only quibble is that the author misused the objective case when a nominative case was the ...more
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Dec 30, 2013
The Sibley Guide to Birds; Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged
Despite my grumpy son's complaints, I'm very fond of Sibley's guides to birds and trees, this one included. It's a bit bulky for a field guide, but st ...more
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May 19, 2014
This is Not My Hat
I think Klassen's subversive writing finally got to me. I actually loved this book and how so much is conveyed through the characters' eyes, even thou ...more
May 29, 2013
May 29, 2013
The Android's Dream
I agree with my friend Tom Carlson's assessment about the loophole objection, but I quite liked the book because overall, it is really very clever. Fo ...more
Oct 29, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
3 stars for the story, and 5 stars for the art.
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Feb 22, 2014
How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 60 Days
A pithy volume reminiscent of one of my favorite writing books, "No Plot, No Problem," How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 60 Days is light-hearted but ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology
It seems fitting that I attempt to write a review while in an allergy stupor because slipstream stories can sometimes make me feel like my head's in a ...more
May 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2011
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
This book holds my interest because most things science do; however, it's not as flowing prose as Bill Bryson's writing is. And the one thing that ann ...more
Aug 31, 2012
Sep 19, 2011
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
This sounded much like a re-done Dr. Seuss book. I think I was spoiled by Ms. Bunting's Smokey Night and expected a bit more. I realize that this book ...more
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Feb 16, 2014
The Matchbox Diary
The story is beautiful though parts of it was kind of hard to understand without dialogue tags. I don't know that I would have grasped even half of it ...more
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Dec 30, 2013
Battle Bunny
Others have written excellent reviews on this (see the wonderfully detailed one from Betsy) so I won't bother, but I just want to say that this book i ...more
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Feb 08, 2014
Brief Thief
The clever ending makes this book a fun read though the changed POV from beginning to end was a bit odd as it's something writing advice tells you nev ...more
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Dec 23, 2013
You Want Proof? I'll Give You Proof!: More Cartoons
I love, love, love this book and re-read the volume of science-themed cartoons at least once every few years, if not more often.
Jan 1996
Jul 01, 2014
Brush of the Gods
I really wanted to like this more because I want more people to know about Chinese artists (and I was recently in Chang'an/Xi'an, so it has extra mean ...more
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Feb 06, 2014
Counting by 7s
There are parts of this book which are absolutely brilliant, hence my rating it 5 stars, but...

1) excessive use of "literally" - this pulls me out of
Dec 02, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
Steampunk Alphabet
I liked this little volume and think it's a fine steampunk alphabet book, so I'm rather perplexed to read recently in Publishers Marketplace that anot ...more
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Dec 07, 2013
Flora and the Flamingo
What a delightful wordless book! The flow and movements, as well as the expressions on the faces of the characters are beautifully rendered.
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Dec 25, 2013
I had never been one for chick-lit or even mainstream novels because I can’t stand sentimentality. This is a quirky personality trait of mine that mak ...more
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
A Home for Bird
This book reminds me of why I love books like David Weisner's Tuesday...I love spare text that says so much with so little, and illustrations that fil ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Mar 23, 2013
The Clockwork Three
I liked this story with its interesting setting, varied character back stories and intertwined plot lines of the three main characters, but I didn't l ...more
Nov 07, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
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