I loved the first Skippyjon Jones book I read, which was the first Skippyjon Jones book. I didn't enjoy the second one I read, Skippyjon Jones: Lost i...moreI loved the first Skippyjon Jones book I read, which was the first Skippyjon Jones book. I didn't enjoy the second one I read, Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice, nearly as much. It seemed to be just exactly like the first with just a different theme. In some book series that's a good thing, but in this one it just wasn't as much fun the second time. Although I do have to say I haven't noticed any of the students in my library turning their nose up at a second Skipppyjon Jones book. They seem to enjoy their second as much as the first. So I figured they would like a third as well.
I wasn't planning to read this, but I'm glad I did! This one seemed to have a bit more to it - or maybe I just like the school theme more than spice. I especially loved the references to other children's books such as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and The Cat in the Hat. Fun! And of course I always love it when any story characters spend time in a library. All the expected Skippyjon Jones wackiness is here are as well. I expect that this will be well-received in my library.(less)
I really liked The Invention of Hugo Cabret, so I expected to like this one as well. So I was surprised to have a few problems with this in the beginn...moreI really liked The Invention of Hugo Cabret, so I expected to like this one as well. So I was surprised to have a few problems with this in the beginning. Brian Selznick tells two stories that are seemingly not connected and that take place years apart. One story is told only in pictures of a deaf girl who sneaks out to see a movie of her favorite movie star. The other story is told only in words of a boy who is deaf in one ear. His mother has recently passed away and he is living with his aunt and uncle and two cousins.
I think part of the reason for my problem is that while the two stories didn't connect at all in the beginning, there were times when it cut from one story to the next with coincidental connections. They are the type of cut from one scene to the next that you sometimes see in a movie when it is telling two stories. They don't usually bother me in a movie, but I'm not used to them in a book. I'm not sure why I let them bother me so much! In a second read, I don't think they would bother me at all.
I was also worried about how the stories would eventually connect. I knew that the two stories would have to connect at some point, but they seemed so very far from each other - in time and place and storyline - that I wasn't sure I would like how they were brought together. Of course I should have trusted Brian Selznick. He did a fabulous job of making me care about both stories, and when they did finally connect, I loved it! I guessed part of how they would connect together, but not all of it, which I also really loved.
This should have been an easy book for me to love with how much libraries and museums were integral in the story. And bonus, I've actually been to the Unisphere in New York! The problems I had with the book in the beginning were on my end and not a problem of the book at all. Fans of Hugo Cabret will definitely want to read this. Anyone who loves a great story and wants to see an interesting concept of two stories told at once, one in pictures and one in words, should definitely read this.
I know this will be at least as popular in my library as Hugo Cabret, if not more. I'm constantly being asked for "the big book that is mostly pictures." The students LOVE to carry around a GIANT book that they can actually get through quite quickly. The fact that this tells a fabulous story which starts with wolves won't hurt at all. Now they will have to tell me WHICH big book with pictures they want to read.(less)
It took me a while to get into this one. I kept thinking about how I wasn't enjoying it as much as the Fablehaven books. I kept wondering why there we...moreIt took me a while to get into this one. I kept thinking about how I wasn't enjoying it as much as the Fablehaven books. I kept wondering why there were so many detailed descriptions of the strange food in this strange world. I felt sorry for the poor dog - and more dogs later on! I did like how Jason entered the world through the mouth of a hippo. Very creative! And I love that the librarian is called a loremaster! But I wasn't so sure about the book bound in living flesh. Ew! But as I continued to read, I was slowly sucked into the story and started really caring about the characters and their ultimate fate. By the end I was really loving it!
This one has some fun twists and turns - some that I saw coming and others that were a complete surprise. I really liked the fact that Jason had to depend on his friends and the people he met along the way. I thought Rachel could have been used a bit more as the adventures went along, but maybe she will be more front and center in the second book. Once again, Brandon Mull has hooked me on a series and I can't wait for book two! I recommend this for Brandon Mull fans, but also for anyone who enjoys a quest-type adventure in a strange fantasy world.(less)
The students at my school are studying "main idea" and "facts and details" right now. While reading this, I felt like a student. I believe I get Borge...moreThe students at my school are studying "main idea" and "facts and details" right now. While reading this, I felt like a student. I believe I get Borges' main idea, but his facts and details leave me a little puzzled. The writing is beautiful, but what does it mean? I do love the concept of the universe as a library - ubiquitous, infinite, and everlasting. I'm giving this 3.5 stars - at least until someone can help me understand those facts and details a bit more?(less)
I reread Graceling right before reading this and I'm really glad I did. I didn't reread Fire, but towards the end I was wishing I had. It seems like i...moreI reread Graceling right before reading this and I'm really glad I did. I didn't reread Fire, but towards the end I was wishing I had. It seems like it's been such a long time and I didn't remember all the details.
This was great since it did answer some of my lingering questions from the other two books, but it just wasn't quite up there with Graceling for me. Especially towards the end it felt long and I was ready to be finished. Of course this is a must-read for anyone who has read and loved Graceling and Fire! I just think the last half of the book could have been tightened up and edited a bit. I look forward to anything else Kristin Cashore writes with these characters in this world.
Note: I loved how integral the castle library and Bitterblue's librarian were to the story!(less)
I was so sad to come to the end of this! I really do love Doig's characters. Something about this one didn't grab me up quite as much as The Whistling...moreI was so sad to come to the end of this! I really do love Doig's characters. Something about this one didn't grab me up quite as much as The Whistling Season, but I still enjoyed it very much. I will definitely read any other books Doig writes in the future with any of these same characters. I'll also have to check out some of Doig's other twelve books.
While this book didn't grab me up quite as much, something to do with all the mining details, I think, there were many parts I really loved. Morrie becomes a librarian! I loved all of the library bits, and had to laugh when a librarian is described as a "bartender of information."
Morrie is the narrator of this one, and I really enjoyed being in his head. I would be very interested in reading a book that told the story of The Whistling Season from Morrie's point of view. Morrie reminded me quite a lot of a Dick Francis hero in the way he solves problems. Also, people see something special in him that he doesn't really recognize in himself but that is clearly there.
I highly recommend this for those who enjoy very well-written historical fiction, although I would suggest reading The Whistling Season first. It isn't strictly necessary, but gives a detailed understanding of Morrie's past and his character.
Thanks so much to the GR giveaway program for introducing me to this wonderful author!
Another quote that made me laugh: "Grade six somehow transforms obedient schoolchildren into creatures with the bravado of bandits and the restlessness of overage Sunday schoolers."(less)
If I told you I had just finished a book that has a school for wizards that continually changes its floor plan, a wizard who talks to a snake, and a w...moreIf I told you I had just finished a book that has a school for wizards that continually changes its floor plan, a wizard who talks to a snake, and a wizard's hat that talks, you would know exactly which book I had just read, right? Well, if you are a Terry Pratchett fan, you would know that I have just read his fifth Discworld book, Sourcery. I wonder if J.K. Rowling is a Terry Pratchett fan?
Rincewind the wizard is back, and once again he is called upon to save the world. He gets help from a "barbarian hero" named Nijel, Cohen the Barbarian's daughter Conina, the orangutan who is the Unseen University Librarian, and of course the Luggage! This had some great moments of the typical Pratchett humor, such as when the horses of Pestilence, War, and Famine are stolen. Death refuses to let them ride with him and they try to convince him by saying they can't be "the One Horseman and the Three Pedestrians of the Apocralypse." (The Apocralypse is a sort of apocryphal Apocalypse.) Despite the many humorous moments, though, the story didn't flow well for me in several places. 3.5 stars.(less)
I didn't like this nearly as much as I wanted and expected to. As always, David Small's illustrations are great. I think it was the text that bothered...moreI didn't like this nearly as much as I wanted and expected to. As always, David Small's illustrations are great. I think it was the text that bothered me a bit. I wanted more details and less rhyme.(less)
**spoiler alert** What a great book! I loved it! The author's note says that this was "inspired by the true and courageous work of the Pack Horse Libr...more**spoiler alert** What a great book! I loved it! The author's note says that this was "inspired by the true and courageous work of the Pack Horse Librarians, who were known as 'Book Women' in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky." Now I want to read more about the Book Women. Such inspiring women! I recommend this to everyone who loves to read, and everyone who doesn't. Cal says, "All at once I yearn to know what makes that Book Woman risk catching cold, or worse. . . . Just chicken scratch, I used to figure, but now I see what's truly there, and I read a little out. 'That's gift enough,' she says, and smiles so big it makes me smile right back." David Small's illustrations are perfect! I especially love the last one showing both sister and brother sitting on the porch each reading a book.(less)
**spoiler alert** This is another book that makes me want to visit Washington D.C. and see all the sites! I've been there once, but not for nearly lon...more**spoiler alert** This is another book that makes me want to visit Washington D.C. and see all the sites! I've been there once, but not for nearly long enough. While reading this, I made a list of places I really want to visit. Not all of these were integral to the story, but they still made my list: Library of Congress (of course!), Smithsonian Museum, the Capitol building, Folger Shakespeare Library, U.S. Botanic Garden, Freedom Plaza, and the Washington Monument. Of course going to these sites as a regular tourist won't be nearly as interesting or exciting as they were in this book.
I thought it was interesting that he started the book by saying "All organizations . . . rituals, science, artwork, and monuments in this novel are real." Although once I had finished, I knew why he felt like he needed to say that. I wonder how the Masons feel about this book?
When I got to the end of the book, I was PLANNING to write in my review that I really liked the ending. I loved the twist, which I hadn't seen coming! But then I realized I wasn't AT the end yet. And I kept reading and reading for pages and pages and pages. He spent time clearing up some loose ends I really didn't care about, and I think the book would have been much better with the ending I THOUGHT was the ending - with maybe a FEW pages of what happened after.
This started out as a murder mystery and then morphed into something similar to a season of the TV show "24" - including the bit of disbelief on my pa...moreThis started out as a murder mystery and then morphed into something similar to a season of the TV show "24" - including the bit of disbelief on my part in regards to how things are in real life for Secret Service agents, FBI agents, CTU agents, etc. But whether the book portrays things accurately or not, it was an enjoyable summer read. I particularly liked the characters in the Camel Club - four quirky older men who care about their country and use their talents to do what they can to make things better. And of course I love the fact that one of them is a librarian, who at one point says: "Why can't people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?" I agree! My absolute favorite character was "Lucky" Whitney, though. What a hoot! I wouldn't mind reading another Camel Club book sometime. 3.5 stars.(less)
So many fun details! Bats wearing reading glasses, bats studying a field guide to moths, bats playing in a pop-up gingerbread house, bats at storytime...moreSo many fun details! Bats wearing reading glasses, bats studying a field guide to moths, bats playing in a pop-up gingerbread house, bats at storytime getting pulled into almost-familiar stories with bat twists - such as "Goodnight Sun" looking very much like "Goodnight Moon." If you read and liked Bats at the Beach, you need to read this one, too.(less)
How could I not love this book? The librarian Molly McGrew mistakenly drives her bookmobile into the zoo, but still finds the perfect book for everyon...moreHow could I not love this book? The librarian Molly McGrew mistakenly drives her bookmobile into the zoo, but still finds the perfect book for everyone. She even has "waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter." :)(less)
**spoiler alert** Any book dedicated "to stubborn librarians everywhere" automatically rates five stars in my book! Although I would have given this b...more**spoiler alert** Any book dedicated "to stubborn librarians everywhere" automatically rates five stars in my book! Although I would have given this book five stars even without the dedication!
Triple Creek is a town that loves to watch TV. They even have pictures of their TV sets on their mantels. Eli's Aunt Charlotte doesn't have a TV in her house. She took to her bed 50 years earlier and has vowed never to leave it. She decides it is time to get up, though, when she learns that Eli doesn't know that stories come from books or even what reading is.
While I'm all for more reading and less TV, I'm glad that Polacco mentions keeping a balance. My favorite line is: "Understand, folks still had their TV's, all right, but they were wise about what they watched and for how long. They had so much else to do!" (less)
Why did I wait so long to read this? I think this should be required reading in library schools. I think this should be required reading for everyone...moreWhy did I wait so long to read this? I think this should be required reading in library schools. I think this should be required reading for everyone who loves books - and everyone who doesn't! This is well-written with a powerful message, yet at the same time a wonderful science fiction story with cool technology!
The edition I read has an author's afterword where Ray Bradbury gives examples of people (or butchers/censors to use his words) who have changed or altered his works in some way. He says, "There is more than one way to burn a book. And people are running around with lit matches."(less)
All-of-a-Kind Family is another book I would have loved when I was younger - such a nice, wholesome story. I probably would have had to rush right out...moreAll-of-a-Kind Family is another book I would have loved when I was younger - such a nice, wholesome story. I probably would have had to rush right out and find all of the All-of-a-Kind books. I still enjoyed the book very much reading it for the first time as an adult, and wouldn't mind reading more of them sometime. I really liked that although the family was poor, they were very happy and their lack of "things" wasn't a huge issue for them like it is in some stories. I also really enjoyed reading about the celebration of several Jewish holidays, with some details (especially surrounding Succos) that I had never known before. And I especially liked the library lady who kept making an appearance!(less)
I read this one to my library classes to celebrate Library Lovers' Month in February, and then they performed a readers' theater of the story. Very fu...moreI read this one to my library classes to celebrate Library Lovers' Month in February, and then they performed a readers' theater of the story. Very fun!(less)
I'm enjoying this series a lot, and can't wait to get started on the third book, Abhorsen. I appreciated the warning by someone here on GR that I shou...moreI'm enjoying this series a lot, and can't wait to get started on the third book, Abhorsen. I appreciated the warning by someone here on GR that I should have Abhorsen ready and waiting when I finished Lirael. That way the abrupt "ending" wasn't such a shock. So I'm passing on that warning. :)
I enjoyed this book even more than Sabriel, which I enjoyed a lot. I loved the dynamic of following the two characters - Lirael and Sameth - who each had their own journey to discover their strengths and weaknesses. Then once they met, they began a journey together - which will hopefully be continued in Abhorsen.
I felt a great sympathy for Lirael as a character - a daughter of the Clayr, but without the Sight. I thought she was a bit too whiney at times - especially in the beginning. But once she started working in the library, I was right there with her. I absolutely loved the Disreputable Dog!
My favorite parts were Lirael's adventures in the library, of course. :) There were two short quotes during that time made me laugh: "She let the sleeping Dog lie..." and "As could be expected of a Second Assistant Librarian, she reached for the book first..."
Just a note - I'm listening to these on audio, narrated by Tim Curry. He does an amazing job, and I highly recommend the audio version!(less)