when snacks turn deliciously sinister

Day Eleven: Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown Simon & Schuster, 2012. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. and he can take the fattest, crispiest carrots from Crackenhopper Field anytime he wants. that is, until they start following him home… (jacket copy) Is Jasper imagining creepy carrots creeping about, sneaking up behind him inContinue reading “when snacks turn deliciously sinister”

{comic} blue is the warmest color

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger Arsenal Pulp Press, English edition, 2013. published in France, 2010, by Glenat Editions as Le blue est une couleur chande. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems “normal” enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in herContinue reading “{comic} blue is the warmest color”

{book} the dead in their vaulted arches

>>a spoiler-free review<< The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce Novel #6) by Alan Bradley ARC thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley release date: January 2014 “Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the EnglishContinue reading “{book} the dead in their vaulted arches”

{book} speaking of paradise

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman Scribner (Simon&Schuster) 2012. hardcover, 224 pages. purchased at a Library sale some time back with a vague memory of reading a positive review from a trusted source. Please:  If you are not a reader of short stories as a general rule, bear with me onContinue reading “{book} speaking of paradise”

{book} a rebel alliance

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger Amulet Books, 2013 hardcover, 208 pages + folding instructions. Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized testContinue reading “{book} a rebel alliance”

{book} the rithmatist

The Rithmatist (bk 1) by Brandon Sanderson Illustrations by Ben McSweeney Tor, 2013 hardcover, 370 pages. SFF, ages 12 & up. More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’sContinue reading “{book} the rithmatist”

{book} it’s bigger on the inside

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman William Morrow (2013); Hardcover, 178 pages. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a novel of childhood and memory. It’s a story of magic, about the power of stories and how we face the darkness inside each of us. It’s about fear, andContinue reading “{book} it’s bigger on the inside”

{book} gustav gloom and the people taker

Gustav Gloom and The People Taker (bk1) by Adam-Troy Castro Illustrated by Kristen Margiotta Grosset & Dunlap (Penguin) 2012. hardcover, 226 pages. Gustav Gloom’s neighbors think he is the unhappiest little boy in the world. But what they don’t know is that the strange, dark house Gustav lives in is filled with more wonders andContinue reading “{book} gustav gloom and the people taker”

{film+book} howl’s moving castle

of note: in my desire to compare book and film, I have to spoil the book a bit, but only a bit. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) is inarguably one of Studio Ghibli’s finest and best-known films. Its direction/screenplay is by the masterful Hayao Miyazaki. We have seen it countless times, enjoying the unusual story of aContinue reading “{film+book} howl’s moving castle”

{comic} nothing could possibly have gone better

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong  Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks 01: First Second, 2013.  started: online.  Reasons I picked this up despite my general disinterest in ever entering High School in any form ever again: Faith Erin Hicks, First Second books, there is a rumor it is really funny. Having read it now, I’veContinue reading “{comic} nothing could possibly have gone better”