Book Review: The World Shines For You by Jeffrey Burton, illustrated by Don Clark

Gorgeous illustrations pop with foil pieces that highlight the words of this simple book, perfect for even the youngest reader.

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New Releases: Picture Books Published August 15, 2017

Goodnight World Debi Gliori Bloomsbury, $16.99 Delicate illustrations accompany gentle rhyming text as everyone - people, plants, and animals - all get ready for bed. Ages 2+         The One Day House Julia Durango, illustrated by Bianca Diaz Charlesbridge, $16.99 Inspired by real-life volunteers, this picture book tells the story of a … Continue reading New Releases: Picture Books Published August 15, 2017

Book Review: Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson

Goliathby Scott Westerfeldillustrated by Keith Thompson9781416971771, $19.99, Simon & SchusterThe completely-lives-up-to-it-thank-god conclusion to the Leviathan trilogy! For my review of Behemoth, book 2 in the series, click here. Mr. Westerfeld & Mr. Thompson continued to do a magnificent job of giving us both text and pictures to illustrate this alternate world history. It's a little difficult … Continue reading Book Review: Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson

Book Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson

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Book Review: Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith

Lulu and the Brontosaurusby Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith9781416999614, Simon & Schuster, $15.99I just bought this book today, but fell in love with it to the extent that I had to blog about it immediately.Lulu and the Brontosaurus is a picture book perfect for that in-between 5-8 year-old age group that is learning to … Continue reading Book Review: Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith

Mass Market Monday: Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole

Demon from the Darkby Kresley Cole9781439123126, $7.99, Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)This is the first book I've read from the Immortals After Dark series, though apparently it's installment #10. Luckily, I didn't find I needed to read books 1-9 to understand what was going on. It's a very interesting world! I'm looking forward to reading … Continue reading Mass Market Monday: Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole

Book Review: Orchid by Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle

Orchidby Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle9780671569020, Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), $7.99I first discovered this series in either junior high or high school. I think it was out of print already, and I picked up a few books at a local library for about a quarter each. I rediscovered this series about 2 … Continue reading Book Review: Orchid by Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle

Gift of Reading Club Selections: April 2010

Ever have one of those "duh" moments when you wonder why it took you so long to think of that simple, yet brilliant, idea?Each month at the Odyssey Bookshop, I hand-select books for children signed up for our Gift of Reading Program. Usually a family member or close family friend signs up the child (age … Continue reading Gift of Reading Club Selections: April 2010

Ode to Stephen Gammell

Author and illustrator Stephen Gammell's work is known in two very different veins: sassy, whimsical picturebook illustrator and nightmare-inducing, horror illustrator.My first introduction to his work was through his Caldecott Award winning book Song and Dance Man (9780679819950, Random House, $6.99). I loved having my parents read the story to me, but it was for … Continue reading Ode to Stephen Gammell

Book Recommendations for 3rd & 4th Grade Boys

Emily, one of this blog's team members, and a grade school teacher, prompted this blog post. Actually, she asked me for this list over a year ago, and she knows how very, truly sorry I am that it's taken me this long to get it for her. Once I had done so, though, I thought … Continue reading Book Recommendations for 3rd & 4th Grade Boys