Monthly Archives: June 2014


My nine-year-old loved this book. She told me to make sure I really paid attention to the pictures because they tell a different story than the words. She was right, of course. Brian Selznick‘s Wonderstruck tells two distinct stories, one in words … Continue reading


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Except If

Jim Averbeck‘s simple and funny picture book with a circle plot questions assumptions every page of the way. Who says a book for the very young can’t be complex as well? This book is proof. It’s also a fun read and sure … Continue reading

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The Fault In Our Stars

It’s always nice when a book that is so talked about actually surprises you with its goodness. The Fault In Our Stars is indeed a very good book, and although its characters are either cancer survivors or cancer sufferers, cancer remains on … Continue reading

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Hands & Hearts

Hands & Hearts is a picture book about a mother and daughter’s day at the beach, and it  includes fifteen sign language words in the side bar. While the story is simple and heartwarming, the illustrations steal the show with the … Continue reading

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