Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett


The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett, Illustrations by Adam Rex

Love Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown? Steve Brixton is all this and more, in Mac Barnett's tribute to these iconic series. Brilliant, funny, ironic, and that's even before the secret agent librarians. With the addition of Adam Rex's illustrations (spot on nostalgia to the well loved detective series of years past), this one's a gem.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Arno, the Ugliest Bicycle



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Monday, February 2, 2009

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things


Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look


Part [boy] Clementine,
part Scaredy Squirrel, Alvin
guarantees some LAUGHS!



[This would be a great read-aloud...]

H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education


H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden

Charming "villains"; but
Little Shop of Horrors twist
almost makes it tank.

[Still...I will definitely read the next one! The characters were well done...the plot...well, judge for yourself.]

Friday, January 2, 2009


The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart

Reviewku:

Though reminiscent
of Snicket, Benedict kids
cleverly solve clues

[and save the day, of course! definitely worth all 486 pages...]