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That Old Cape Magic
3.32
really liked it
Apparently the Pulitzer Prize winning Empire Falls was no fluke. Richard Russo sure can write. In this tale he paints the portrait of a middle aged ma ...more
Jul 31, 2010
May 21, 2010
 
Marley Goes to School
3.84
it was amazing
I believe this children's book is related to the non-fiction book and subquent movie "Marley and Me" that I have neither read nor seen. I'm not partic ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2009
 
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
2.96
liked it
A breezy read full of observations about the human condition that seem almost wise had they been made by a child, but since the story is told from the ...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jun 20, 2008
 
Lush Life
3.70
liked it
Lush Life is a solid police procedural that brought me back to the days when I was obsessed with the genre, particularly novels by Joseph Wambaugh. Th ...more
Nov 13, 2013
Aug 25, 2009
 
A Visitor for Bear
4.28
it was amazing
Little kids know or thing or two about being persistent, whether it's for a sweet treat or a toy or whatever it is that they absolutely must have at a ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2010
 
The Confessions of Max Tivoli
3.67
liked it
A fascinating read about a man who ages backwards, starting off with the body of an old man and mind of an infant and ending up in the reverse situati ...more
not set
Jan 25, 2008
 
Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth
3.86
it was amazing
Alison McGhee throws in amusing details throughout her illustrations so it's best to go through the pages with care, first reading the main text and t ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2010
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.83
liked it
Top of the line brain candy lit with a fascinating background of history and religion. I don't read "pop fiction" all that often but certainly underst ...more
not set
Jan 30, 2008
 
I Feel a Foot!
3.77
really liked it
A puzzle, a mystery, and a lushly illustrated tale all wrapped into one. Everyone's perceptions are colored by their own personal perspective, which i ...more
not set
Mar 30, 2009
 
Hocus Pocus
3.82
liked it
It's been awhile since I last read a Vonnegut book. As with the others I've read by this American treasure of an author, his writing is wry, insightfu ...more
Nov 03, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
 
The Paper Bag Princess
4.32
really liked it
Any prince who only appreciates a princess for the fanciness of her clothes and skin deep beauty rather than her heroism, spunkiness and quick thinkin ...more
not set
May 10, 2010
 
Blueberries for Sal
4.19
it was amazing
Grade for story: A+ Grade for illustrations: A+ Such a sweet story despite the fact that at least to the adult reader there's a sense of legitimate da ...more
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Aug 23, 2011
 
Rabbit at Rest (Rabbit Angstrom #4)
3.97
it was amazing
It has been several years since I read the previous entries in the Rabbit series, but Updike sketched the character of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom so vivi ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Feb 08, 2008
 
Oink?
3.45
it was amazing
This book was a huge hit with my daughter though I can't quite put my finger on the reason why. Something struck her as hyterical about barnyard anima ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2010
 
How to Be Good
3.19
it was ok
I've had bad luck with Hornby. I became familiar with him through movie adaptations of his earlier work. They were excellent movies with characters I ...more
not set
Jan 30, 2008
 
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
4.27
it was amazing
I'm not sure who gets more of a kick out of Karen Beaumont's books, me or my 3-year old daughter. I'll give nod to her in a close race. This wonderful ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2010
 
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
4.29
it was amazing
Mo Willems possesses the tremendous ability to write material that cracks up the littlest of little ones, and also manages to highly amuse the person ...more
not set
Jul 30, 2014
 
Madeline
4.23
it was amazing
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
In two straight lines they broke their bread
And br
...more
not set
Jan 13, 2015
 
Because of Winn-Dixie
4.03
it was amazing
This book vaults up to the top of my list of favorite books for children. It isn't just for kids though. It's for anyone who realizes that life at the ...more
Feb 2014
Jan 27, 2014
 
The Great Gracie Chase - Stop That Dog!
3.89
it was amazing
A dog that cherishes peace and quiet takes off when painters make too much of a ruckus in his home, and the growing group of people on his tail simply ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2009
 
The Wolves in the Walls
4.07
it was amazing
From the author/illustrator team that brought us Crazy Hair. This one doesn't rhyme but it is filled with laughs and a quirky set of characters that k ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2012
 
My Friend is Sad (Elephant & Piggie, #2)
4.36
it was amazing
The Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems are simply the cutest books to be found. All of them. Filled with belly laughs for your little ones yet ...more
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Mar 23, 2011
 
Citizen X: Killer Department
4.03
liked it
I'm a sucker for books about real life serial killers (yet trust me, I'm still a pretty nice guy) and this one (which was later made into a solid HBO ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2008
 
A Swell-Looking Babe
3.81
it was ok
2-1/2 stars for a book I was not overwhelmed by, but the pages of this short noir novel raced by quickly enough. Thompson's prose, at least in this pa ...more
Apr 27, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together
4.24
it was amazing
If you have an early reader in your life you'll love this book. I know I did and so did my read-along daughter. This is just one in a series so I'm lo ...more
not set
Sep 12, 2012
 
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
4.26
it was amazing
The best children's book authors realize that their books will be read aloud rather than silently and so write them to be pleasing both to the tongue ...more
not set
Mar 06, 2009
 
Rant
3.81
really liked it
What a fascinating read by a ridiculously talented author. Other than being a fan of the film version of his novel "Fight Club", I didn't know a whole ...more
Jul 25, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
 
Your Blues Ain't Like Mine
4.21
liked it
The setting of this book progresses from the eve of integration in rural Mississippi to the present-day housing projects of Chicago. It begins with th ...more
not set
Feb 12, 2008
 
El Deafo
4.20
it was amazing
This review is by Ava. this was the best book ever. i loved it so much i wrote about it in school and my friend bought the book and finished it in one ...more
Nov 16, 2015
Nov 16, 2015
 
Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion
3.75
My daughter loves the illustrations of Michelle's and Sasha's & Malia's clothing in this book. Not a review, just a statement about an unread book ...more
not set
Oct 02, 2009
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