Book Review - The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The kids and I really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, which the (then) 7 year old and I each read independently (in paper form) last summer, and then followed with the audio books that all three of us listened to (sometimes a fourth on weekends...) Rick Riordan has a great ability to take some of the mundane details of being a kid in today's busy world and interleave it with the fantastic--in the Percy series, that meant Greek gods and goddesses running amok in modern USA. ...more

It's a slog. And I had trouble telling the characters apart. But I like the pacing of the Percy ...more

Book Review - 39 Clues Book 7 - The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis

If you aren't familiar with the 39 Clues series, it's a series of middle-grade action/adventure books written by different middle-grade authors. Rick Riordan, well-known for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, wrote the first book. In it we are introduced to Dan and Amy, teen/tweens whose parents are dead and whose grandmother has just passed away. At the reading of her will, the kids, along with other members of their extended family, are given the opportunity to search for 39 Clues or to walk away with a million dollars. ...more

Book Review - Magic Thief: Found by Sarah Prineas

If you look at my regular blog from time to time, maybe you've noticed the little Shelfari widget on the side? I read. Lots. Or try to. I am literally always in the middle of one or two books (usually two, one audio book with the kids, one paper or ebook on my own.)...more

Enjoyed it. Should figure out where I am in the series and reserve more if they've been written. ...more

Drop Everything And Celebrate Beverly Cleary's 94th Birthday

I am celebrating because one of my favorite authors, Beverly Cleary, turns 94 today. It doesn't take much to convince me to grab a cup of coffee, a cupcake and a good book, but today is extra special. Whose early reading years weren't marked by a delight in the adventures of Ralph S. Mouse, or schemes of the enterprising Henry Huggins, or travails of Ramona, one of the most realistic young characters ever written? Beverly Cleary's legacy of over 30 award-winning children's books have turned countless young people into avid readers and lifelong lovers of good stories. ...more

Ohh, I love Beverly Cleary books. Ramona books were always my fave.
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Righteous Rumpus: Where the Wild Things Are is for Grown Ups

I was worried I wouldn't love Where the Wild Things Are, even though I trust the artistic skills of the director, Spike Jonze and the screenwriter, Dave Eggers. ...more

This book has so much history and tradition for me.  I was a bit depressed, disappointed ...more

Book Review: Tough, Toothy Baby Sharks

Book Review: Tough, Toothy Baby Sharks As promised in a previous post, I am delivering Book Reviews every Monday on Children's Books about science. I think I should have enough books to offer a review each week until the spring. ...more

Are Fairy Tales too Scary?

As bedtime draws near, the kids approach the bookshelf, peruse the many choices and finally settle on two stories for mom or dad to read to them. The routine is familiar, a comforting ritual that takes place every night as we put the kids to bed. Stories have ranged from quick, snappy board books, to chapter books, fairy tales and tales made up on the spot. ...more

Book Review: Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow

Book Review: Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow Butterfly Eyes and Othe ...more

Who Made Publishers the Morality Police?

Morality - a not too big word with very big meaning. It's also subjective, what one considers to be moral is not universal. So why has a Big Name Publisher in the UK taken it upon themselves to try to police the private life of children's book authors? And whose morals are they trying to enforce? ...more

And closer attention than most of us realize.

My kids used to love author visits at ...more

To Edit or Not to Edit: How Do You Read Older Literature to Children?

I think it started with Junie B. Jones, the star of a book series by Barbara Park. A person (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty) gave my then four-year-old daughter a copy of Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, a story about a girl who was my daughter's age who was about to gain a new sibling, just as my child was at the time. Junie B. is brash and unstoppable, and is far from perfect, which I thought was a good thing for my daughter to see. My daughter greatly enjoyed the series, but after a few of the books, I began to absolutely HATE Junie B. ...more

 Tico and the Golden Wings has that same message of the golden bird who wants to be different ...more