{comic} BFFs

Little Robot by Ben Hatke First Second, 2015. Advanced Reader Copy (thank you First Second/Net Galley) in exchange for a fair review. When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad…

{book} mirrors

Zetta Elliott offered a free copy of her book to interested reviewers. Please do not believe that I proceeded to read and review The Magic Mirror with bias. If you’ve spent any real length of time here on ‘omphaloskepsis’, you know I’m a fair and balanced reviewer, but I felt it should be clarified nonetheless. The Magic…

{book} ruby’s magic madness

Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004. Hardcover, 105 pages incl. “Ruby’s Fantastic Glossary and Pronunciation Guide” Library borrow. Ages 6-10. Most days the best thing about being Ruby is everything. Like when she’s the star of her own backyard magic show [“Ruby’s Magic…

{book} taking the case

Ivy + Bean: Take the Case (Book 10) by Annie Barrows + Sophie Blackall (illus) Chronicle Books, 2013. Hardcover, 126 pages. Modeling herself after a classic film noir detective from her mother’s favorite film, Private Investigator Bean “laughs at danger! […] And she and her assistant, Ivy, are ready, willing, and able to solve any…

{book} bff

Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee Illust. by Tony Fucile Candlewick Press, 2013. I wrote this about the first book Bink & Gollie on Goodreads in 2010: “great words, fantastic illustrations, and a sweet friendship. and the daughter absolutely loved it (even at age 10).” The series is proving consistent,…

{book} ivy+bean make the rules

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules (bk 9) written by Annie Barrows  illustrated by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2012. Hardcover, 127 pages. Ivy + Bean is a series for young grade-schoolers that I just cannot resist following, even now that Natalya has “outgrown” them. And yet, who was that blue-haired young lady giggling from behind…

{book list} n’s summer reading recs (pt1)

I’ve a guest-blogger today. Natalya (aka the daughter) promised me some posts and a couple weeks in, she hammers out one with 2-parts! Come back tomorrow for numbers 11-20 of her summer reading book recommendations. ~L _________________________________________ Yes! Your favorite contributor on the blog is back! (And will hopefully keep updating and more lists and…

How Tía Lola Came to (Visit) Stay

How Tía Lola Came to Visit Stay (Book 1) by Julia Alvarez A Yearling Book (Random House), 2001 Hardcover, 147 pages (w/ 2 page addition of a letter from the author, 2010) Juvenile Fiction, ages 8-11 Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, and…

ivy+bean: no news is good news

Ivy + Bean : No News is Good News (book8) by Annie Barrows w/ Illus. by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2011 Hardcover,127. Juvenile Fiction, Ages 6-10. Ivy and Bean need some money. Ten dollars, to be exact. Never mind what for. Okay, it s for low-fat Belldeloon cheese in a special just-for you serving size….

clara lee and the apple pie dream

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han w/ pictures by Julia Kuo Little, Brown, and Books, 2011. 150 pages, hardcover. Selected from the Concenter List, borrowed from the Library, and highly anticipated after recently reading Han’s Shug. The Apple Blossom Festival is coming up, and eight-year-old Clara Lee has been thinking about…