BookClique

Here we will post our musings on a wide variety of titles. You can comment on our posts and find the titles in our catalog.

Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley

It is a rare event when I read a book and know it will be an award winner, but Circus Mirandus by debut author Cassie Beasley is going to win awards. The last book I was so certain of winning acclaim was “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman, and of course, it won the Newbery. [...]

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce

Pip Bartlett is a girl who can talk to magical creatures, and they can talk to her. The problem is that no one believes Pip has this wonderful talent. On career day at school, when Marisol Barrera’s family brings their unicorns as part of their career day display, Pip gets a chance to use her [...]

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman

Isabel was the best bunjitsu artist in her school. She could kick higher than anyone. She could hit harder than anyone. She could throw her classmates farther than anyone. “But,” said Isabel, “Bunjitsu is not just about hitting and kicking and throwing. It is about finding ways to NOT hit, kick, or throw.” And so, [...]

Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

I was in TCPL’s youth room searching for a missing Hansel and Gretel book when I came across a newer version: Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman. It looked much darker and scarier than the versions I am used to so I took it home to read. I wish this book had been around back [...]

El Deafo by Cece Bell

When Cece was four, she became very sick. She had meningitis, which meant her brain was sick, too. Cece got better and was able to go home, but her hearing was affected; Cece had to wear hearing aids in order to hear, and even those did not work well all the time. She really didn’t [...]

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose Howard loves two things: homonyms and her dog, Rain. Homonyms are words that sound alike but are spelled differently. /Rose/ and /rows/ are homonyms, and Rain has two homonyms, /reign/ and /rein/. Rain, a yellow dog with seven white toes, is a gift from Rose’s father, Wesley Howard, who found the dog wandering lost [...]

Two Emily Dickinson Titles

I enjoy fiction about literary persons so I was intrigued by the reviews of two juvenile titles involving Emily Dickinson. See those New York Times reviews here: http://nyti.ms/1guT188. Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli is written for the 9-12 female audience, featuring the spunky Suzy, a tween who loves to read, is passionate about [...]

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

“On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.”  From this inauspicious opening sentence through to the satisfying conclusion, Katherine Rundell delights with an imaginative tale for middle grade readers.  While Sophie joins a legion of plucky orphans found in children’s [...]

The Boy Who Loved Math: the Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman

I always think it’s a shame that more adults don’t read children’s’ books.  I remember fondly the years where children’s literature filled both my working life as a children’s librarian and my home life as a parent.   It was a great pleasure, then, for me to stumble on a list of best children’s books of [...]

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

We’ve all heard the old sally as we head out the door….”Remember the milk….”.  Neil Gaiman and SKottie Young develop a wonderfully cumulative tale titled Fortunately the Milk outlining a father’s many fabulous adventures while on a neighborhood errand.  It’s a great book for bedtime reading and for sparking tall tales of your own.  Gaiman [...]

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