Love That Dog | book review

*Certain books are easier to review differently than in my usual format — this is one of them. "I don't want to because boys don't write poetry. Girls do." Jack doesn't like poetry. He can't understand why his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, keeps assigning the class poetry assignments. He doesn't even want to listen to his…

Number the Stars | book review

The Synopsis "She was glad to be an ordinary person who would never be called upon for courage." The year is 1943. Life for ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen is a lot different from yours and mine. Food shortages sweep across Denmark, soldiers perch on every streetcorner, and being a Jew…

Little Red Riding Hood | book review

*Certain books are easier to review differently than in my usual format — this is one of them. Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood -- over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house she goes...but what she discovers is much worse than simply her bedridden grandmother. The wolf has devoured the…

The Icky Bug Counting Book | book review

*Certain books are easier to review differently than in my usual format — this is one of them. When I discovered I had to read either an alphabet or counting book for my Children's Lit class, I wasn't exactly thrilled. Luckily, I decided to read Jerry Pallotta's The Icky Bug Counting Book and I found myself enjoying…

The Little Prince | book review

Title: The Little Prince Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Series: n/a Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock Publication Date: April 1943 Genre(s): Fiction, Children's, Philosophy Opening Line: Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest. The Synopsis This is the story of an adult man…

Coraline | book review

Title: Coraline Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean Series: n/a Publisher: Scholastic Inc Publication Date: 2002 Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy Opening Line: Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. The Synopsis Coraline is an explorer. After moving to a new house with her mother and father, Coraline explores her new home . She discovers a…

The Graveyard Book | book review

Title: The Graveyard Book Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean Series: n/a Publisher: HarperCollins Publication Date: September 2008 Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy Opening Line: There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The Synopsis The man Jack is on a mission to murder a family of four. After killing the parents and the young girl, only…