Review: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

April 14, 2015 § 3 Comments

El Deafo by Cece BellI get so excited when a child tells me he is learning to read.  Part of my enthusiasm is simply that selfish, natural excitement that occurs when someone is trying something I love.  Another part of my excitement is purely for the child’s sake – how many worlds are open to him now!  It’s one of the most valuable aspects of a book, that ability to give the reader a window onto a new world: sometimes a “real” world, sometimes a “fantasy” world, but always a new one.  The best books are usually the ones that give the reader a panoramic – and at the same time in-depth – view, or a view from a completely new angle.  This Side of Home was one of those books for meEl Deafo is another.

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Seven? for Saturday, or Away and Not Reading…

April 11, 2015 § 2 Comments

I am traveling this weekend – visiting my grandparents – and unfortunately am not organized enough yet to have posts ready to go.

Here are the few links I managed to collect to share today:

An article in the Guardian asking which contemporary children’s books will become classics (fascinating discussion topic!)

An article at Mental Floss about children’s authors who were not fond of children.

And a list of interesting facts about children’s literature over at Interesting Literature, a blog I recommend checking out.

I’m sorry for the lack of posts this week, and hope to get back into the swing of things starting Monday.  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Review: Ms. Rapscott’s Girls, by Elise Primavera

April 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ms Rapscott's Girls by Elise PrimaveraMs. Rapscott has founded the Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents in her lighthouse on a deliciously stormy shore, and now she watches the skies for the arrival of her first five pupils.  Her pupils are delivered in boxes, of course, because they are the daughters of the Busiest Parents in the World, who certainly have no time to deliver them personally.  Each of the first four boxes contains a rumpled, grumpy little girl, but the fifth – alas, Dahlia Thistle’s parents were too busy to seal the box properly, and she has been Lost.  Thankfully, Ms. Rapscott has many adventures planned for her students, which include very determinedly Not Finding Dahlia Thistle.

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7 Ways to Celebrate National Library Week!

April 7, 2015 § 2 Comments

Here are just a few of the ideas for National Library Week I’ve come up with so far.

How do you plan to celebrate?

Review: The Boundless, by Kenneth Oppel

April 6, 2015 § 2 Comments

The Boundless, by Kenneth Oppel

I expected The Boundless (by Kenneth Oppel) to be a completely different kind of story.  I was expecting more Hitchcock/Christie vibes, more mystery.  The premise says nothing about sasquatch and muskeg hags, circus acts and magic.

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Saturday Seven, 4/4

April 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

Reading in BedHappy April, everyone!  Here is my first link round-up of the month.

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March in Review, April Ambitions

April 3, 2015 § 3 Comments

Here is a brief summary of my reading and posting last month, and a quick peek at my plans for the month ahead!

What did you read last month?  Did you discover any new favorites?  And what are your bookish plans for April?