Category Archives: Book Reviews

Review: Lingering Tide and Other Stories

  I’m a sucker for fiction that details Indian culture and the struggles and triumphs of people of Indian descent navigating American life. I haven’t read as much on the subject as I would like to, but Jhumpa Lahiri is … Continue reading

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Picture Book Love: Dr. Seuss’s ABCs

  It goes without saying that Dr. Seuss was big pimpin’ (case in point). No one can argue with you when you say that he was and always will be one of the best children’s authors and illustrators of all … Continue reading

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Not Your Grandma’s Poetry: The Death Poetry of Emily Dickinson

  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to start a new series of posts and to fill a gap the site has been lacking: POETRY! Please hold all collective groaning until the very end. I took a poetry class … Continue reading

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Thoughts on The Bluest Eye

  I recently ate up The Bluest Eye, my very first introduction to the work of Toni Morrison. I hesitate to call the following post a review because this piece is so very far above any of my piddling little … Continue reading

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Interview with Mary Pauline Lowry

  I’ve got a very special treat for you today: my very first interview with a real, living author! (If that’s the criteria then I suppose this one doesn’t count, no matter how much fun it was.) Last Thursday I … Continue reading

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Review: The Earthquake Machine

One of the best parts of being a book blogger is being approached to review books for up-and-coming authors. I don’t say yes to every request. In fact, I would venture to guess that I only accept about 20% (or … Continue reading

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Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Contributing Reviewer Janel Brubaker.  Anyone who is even remotely acquainted with Shakespeare has likely heard of his comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Famed for being one of his most beloved comedies, it is often listed among reader’s favorites. Although … Continue reading

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Picture Book Love: Stellaluna

Stellaluna! Never has there been such a delightful and educational picture book about fitting in and what it means to transcend the boundaries of species (or what-have-you) to find acceptance and love. Also it’s about bats and birds.

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Review: A Christmas Carol

Janel Brubaker is quickly becoming  a regular review contributor to the blog, and I think we can all agree that we like it that way! Today she is reviewing A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Never mind that it’s April, … Continue reading

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Review: The House of Order

The House of Order, the first collection of composite stories by John Paul Jaramillo, presents a stark vision of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Manito Ortiz sorts family truth from legend as broken … Continue reading

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Review: Dracula

Today we’ve got a guest review by the lovely and talented Janel Brubaker! When she talks in her review about certain people who thought this book was slow… that’s me. I tried to read Dracula, but didn’t get far enough … Continue reading

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Why Picture Books (Even the Silly Ones) Make Excellent Teaching Tools

or How I Justify, as a Childless Adult, Spending So Much Money on Picture Books. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then it’s no surprise that I love picture books. I have a…. thing for them. And … Continue reading

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Picture Book Love: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Today’s edition of Picture Book Love is all about the deliciously fractured fairy tales found in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Do you remember this one?   The really lovely … Continue reading

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Review: Brooklyn Bites by Scott Stabile

I recently had the pleasant opportunity to get my claws on a copy of Brooklyn Bites parts 1 & 2 by Scott Stabile, and I ate them both right up! Part 1 contains two short stories- Truffle Fries and A … Continue reading

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Tooting Tidbits: YA Series for Fantasy Lovers

One of my first tutoring students had an adorable younger brother who was convinced that when his mom said I was coming over to tutor his sister, I was actually coming over to toot her. He was mystified by the … Continue reading

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