Monthly Archives: March 2013

Z is for Moose

At first I thought this was going to be just like A is for Salad, which I love. Z is for Moose, though, is its own story, and a funny one to boot. Not your typical ABC book, Moose has character development … Continue reading

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When No One Is Watching

Contrary to popular portrayal, not all interesting girls are sassy and loud. Eileen Spinelli’s character wrestles gorillas, tickles white sharks and dunks with a whoop, but only when no one is watching. There’s no need to feel sorry for this … Continue reading


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Almost Forever

When a father goes to Vietnam, the rest of the family has to keep living a life that seems so much the same and yet so different from what it used to be. Told in spare verse from the six-year-old daughter’s … Continue reading

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Jabberwocky: The Classic Poem from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-glass, And What Alice Found There, reimagined and illustrated by Christopher Myers, brings poetry and basketball together in a wildly colourful and beautiful book. Reading the poem is a delight for the … Continue reading

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Mice On Ice

I like to post about all kinds of books. Mice on Ice by father/daughter team Ed and Rebecca Emberley is one of Holiday House’s “I Like to Read” line and is notable for its bright, wonky illustrations that more than make up … Continue reading

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The House of the Scorpion

Nancy Farmer‘s multi-medaled book about human clones, The House of the Scorpion, is celebrating its tenth anniversary and there isn’t a better time to read this teen dystopian about the perils of power. Matt is the human clone of El Patrón, … Continue reading

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