Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 "Excuse me please, but are you a mouse?" 


Max is a cat. He is a sweet cat. But, more importantly, Max is a brave cat! He is a cat that is so brave, he is on the hunt for mouse.  The only problem is - he's really not sure what a mouse is.  So he proceeds to ask lots of other animals about mouse. Unfortunately, not all animals tell the truth. Especially mouse.  Very cute for the preK crowd. Would fit well with the Superhero theme or a story time on cats or being brave.  Thanks to Sourcebook for providing my advanced copy!

I also finished "Ready Player One" by Cline.  It was oh so enjoyable.  A great gaming geeks/love story/coming of age/sci-fi/fantasy romp. It's young adult at our library but I would recommend it for older teens and anyone that grew up in the 80s. Or had kids that grew up in the 80s.  I wonder if we will ever have an Oasis?

Friday, May 15, 2015

I finished "The Island of Dr. Libris"!

This is the review I posted on Goodreads -- "This would make a great summer read - especially for kids like Billy and Walter (the main characters in the book). And it's relatively short and it might encourage some readers to try "Time Machine" or "Robin Hood" or even "Pollyanna". I liked "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library" a wee bit better but I did like this; it would also make a great read-aloud!"

Added here -- it all wraps up a bit abruptly.  I'm not sure if there will be a sequel or not - possibly.  There is a long list of the books that he incorporates into his story at the back of the book and this could serve as a jumping off point for further reading.  My favorite fairy tale - Three Billy Goats Gruff - is included so that was pretty awesome.  If you have a mid-to-upper elementary/tween that really enjoys reading - give them this.  It also deals with some real world issues like bullying and problems with parents and asthma. 

So what is next on the stack?  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Whoa.  Has anyone else read this?  I'm about 100 pages in and hooked.  Had to make myself put it down or I would have stayed up all night reading.

Ready Player One

Thursday, May 14, 2015

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

I am done with this semester! All except waiting for my grades. (grr grr)  So I am reading.  I just started this -- and so far, Dr. Libris seems like a pretty nefarious guy. The Island of Dr. Libris

And I also read Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman.  It is a companion book to Seraphina.  If you have not read them, please (please please) do!  Hartman is an amazing world builder.  If you are like me, you'll have dreams of Goredd and Porphyry; you'll want to hear Seraphina play her flute and oud; watch Abdo dance; and see the dragons fly.  A lot of people have been disappointed with the second book...  but I loved it.  I hope Hartman writes more!  (She has said it's the last one - but she left it open-ended enough that she could revisit the world.)

Sunday, May 3, 2015


We had some serendipitous reading time today (we being precious grandbabies and Mooma). And there were several favorites to share. First is 
Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border. It's about moving and making new friends. 
Next was Seymour Simon's Our Solar System. N is quite fascinated by planets right now and can even point out Venus in the evening sky. But Neptune is her favorite. This one had a lot of words but she really liked the pictures. 

We also read Rosie Revere Engineer written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. N was fascinated by the fact that Rosie (and her aunts) are all drawn so that one eye is hidden by their hair.  She also thought it was a fun book. Don't give up just because someone laughs at your invention.

Best comment of the day was when we were out on the balcony. It was one of those perfect spring evenings with a cool breeze and the sun just starting to go down - the ones you remember when it's July and 110 in the shade - and N said, "We have such a beautiful world." I had to agree.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Something to look forward to in November!

Oh look!  The last in Gail Carriger's Finishing School series -- Manners and Mutiny - will be published on November 5, 2015!  If you like steampunk, vampires, werewolves, and feisty heroines then read this series. Hasten to your local library and check out the first book, Etiquette and Espionage.   Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third book in the series, won Steampunk Chronicle’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Award  for Best Young Adult Steampunk Fiction.

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Manners and Mutiny