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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: 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 [...]

The Greatest Skating Race by Lousie Borden

The JIF (Juvenile Illustrated Fiction) Collection at TCPL is a treasure trove of provocative titles.  JIF may also be defined as ‘picture books for older audiences’ and I would like to suggest that these are great titles for adult to enjoy reading aloud and sharing as well as for families with school-aged children.  My eye [...]

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

I’ve followed William Joyce’s endeavors since he first broke into print with George Shrinks.  He is the cofounder of Moonbot Media, an animation and storytelling collective in Shrevesport, Louisiana and  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore  first appeared as a groundbreaking story app and then as the 2011 academy award winning short film [...]

The Three Little Pigs: an Architectural tale by Steven Guarnaccia

Pastiches of childrens’ stories are always very popular, and often calibrated for older audiences. Such is the case with The Three Little Pigs: an architectural tale.  Illustrator Steven Guarnaccia from the Parsons New School for Design, has taken the classic tale using architects Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright for his pigs…and builders!Wright’s [...]

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