Monthly Archives: October 2012

Introducing Limelight Larry

The book is meant to be about Limelight Larry, but Mouse, Elephant, Wolf and other forest animals keep cluttering up the pages. What’s a peacock to do? A fabulous example of metafiction with a glossy spread reminiscent of Rainbow Fish, Introducing Limelight Larry shows … Continue reading


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A Rock Is Lively

As I was reading this nonfiction book with my youngest, my middle-schooler came in and told us that a rock is not lively. A rock is not alive. Still, despite her objections to the title, I could see her leaning over … Continue reading

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Little Horse

There are few early chapter books with a fast-paced plot and real suspense. Little Horse by Betsy Byars, published ten years ago, keeps the pages turning. Falling into a stream and over a waterfall, Little Horse is transported to a world so … Continue reading

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Liar & Spy

Rebecca Stead has done it again. She’s created a novel that wonderfully surprises us. Sort of like The Sixth Sense, I found myself looking back through the novel looking for those red markers. I won’t give it away. What you need to … Continue reading

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The One and Only Ivan

Living at Big Top Mall, Ivan, the gorilla, knows only the world he can see through a thick glass wall and hear about from Bob, the stray dog who visits via the small broken piece in the cage. Wise Stella, … Continue reading

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