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Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #12)
4.28
"You may say you won't interfere with another person's soul, but you do--merely by existing. The snag about it is the practical difficulty, so to spea...more
Aug 18, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
 
Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8)
4.28
In which Greg learns that a Magic 8 Ball is not a great decision-making tool, but that's probably because he only has one. Someone needs to get him a...more
not set
Nov 30, 2013
 
Beyond Babar: The European Tradition in Children's Literature
3.33
I read the essay "What Do We Translate When We Translate Children's Literature?" by Maria Nikolajeva. I'm left with more questions than answers, but t...more
Feb 28, 2010
Feb 28, 2010
 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
3.94
I was going to give this three stars, but then I realized I read it in one sitting. That MUST make it worth four stars, right?
Dec 2007
Dec 31, 2007
 
Helping Homeschoolers in the Library
4.19
You know when you're reading something and it's like the author was totally inside your head?
Jul 22, 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Body of Water
3.41
After five breaths, you form a picture in your head. Not of things. Not even of places. But of the people you know you'll always have in your life. Fo...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
The Road
3.94
It's not that much of this is "new," but it's the way McCarthy puts it all together that makes this book amazing. His spare style works well with the...more
not set
Dec 08, 2008
 
How to Train a Train
3.88
I love this one. Eaton's balance between serious and silly is fantastic ("So you want a pet train? Well, of course you do!"), and Rocco's illustration...more
not set
Nov 16, 2013
 
The Underneath
3.90
It reminded me of Holes in the way multiple plot lines came together in ways I didn't expect, and the narrative voice reminded me a bit of Despereaux....more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 14, 2008
 
The Christmas Wish
3.90
This book is worthwhile if only for the photograph of the Northern Lights. There's a lot to like in this story about a girl who wants to be an elf, th...more
not set
Nov 23, 2013
 
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
4.16
"Not today! I've got LEGS motherfucker!"

Thanks to Amy for letting me borrow this book, which is almost as awesome as Amy is, but not quite.
not set
Dec 06, 2013
 
Stone Rabbit #1: BC Mambo
3.37
"Well, that's odd. You'd think I'd know if there was a bottomless pit of doom in the middle of my bathroom."
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 16, 2009
 
The Little Yellow Leaf
4.08
Wow. Just wow.
Feb 10, 2009
Feb 10, 2009
 
Home Alone
0.00
This book is a primer for latchkey kids, told from the point of view of Andy, the saddest child I have ever met in a beginning reader. Part of the moo...more
Feb 09, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
 
Tales of Amanda Pig: Level 2
3.84
This is one of those series that I’ve known is popular and have handed to people countless times but had never read myself. Amanda is the younger of t...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
 
Peanuts Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
3.93
This graphic novel adaptation of a new Peanuts animated special mostly makes me not want to see the special. Its plot centers on Linus's grandmother d...more
May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011
 
Imaginary Girls
3.37
Here we have a first-person narrator, Chloe, who believes with all her heart that she is telling us the truth, but it becomes more and more clear that...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
 
Backseat A-B-See
3.84
Backseat A-B-See is a bit of an update of Tana Hoban’s I Read Signs, which is fantastic and still works but also looks a bit dated. Lieshout gives us...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 23, 2012
 
Head-to-Toe Guide to You
4.35
This is everything I look for in about puberty for the library's collection: factual, informative, clear, upbeat, and positive. It is really ideal for...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
 
Free Range Learning How Homeschooling Changes Everything
3.91
This book doesn't contain the word "unschooling," but that's what it's about. I've been noticing for years now that some people use "unschooler" as a...more
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
 
What Is Green?: A Colors Book by Kate Endle
3.33
You know what I like about this book? Kate Endle's collage art. Jules got me started on Endle and her wonderful, wonderful notecards a couple years ag...more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 31, 2011
 
Merriam-Webster's Visual Dictionary
4.89
I have wanted to get a visual dictionary for home for a couple years and finally sprang for this one, and I love it so much. I look something up in it...more
not set
Nov 08, 2013
 
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
3.61
Complex, interesting, and compelling. Reminded me a lot of The Giver, but with zombies.
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 28, 2009
 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
3.84
What I like about this is that Odone takes a fair amount of Victorian vocabulary and phrasing and through his deliberately childlike art and clean des...more
May 15, 2011
May 15, 2011
 
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
3.76
I related to Nick, Norah, and their crazy night in a powerful way. The voices are great here, too, and I wrote about a million quotes in my quote book...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
 
The Latte Rebellion
3.25
Read it almost entirely in one sitting. Sarah tackles a lot of issues and themes--forming identity, bullying, mob psychology, parental expectations vs...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 15, 2011
 
Bone Dog
3.59
A picture book about a boy whose dog comes back from the dead to save him from a group of hungry skeletons. I love Rohmann's art on a normal day, but...more
Sep 15, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
 
Sticky Burr: Adventures in Burrwood Forest (Sticky Burr #1)
4.02
"Look out! The wild dogs are coming!"

The pacing doesn't quite work in this, and there's a little too much exposition for my taste. That said, the art...more
Sep 2007
Sep 07, 2007
 
Ghosts in the House!
3.98
This is about a young witch who moves into a new house, rounds up the ghosts, and turns the ghosts into useful things like curtains and tablecloths. T...more
Aug 25, 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Other Essays
3.95
"Don't pin your faith on a water supply which, for half the time, isn't there."

Excellent advice, Aldous.

I got this book so I could read "Ozymandias,...more
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
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