{book} the power & in just one body (of work)

Of note: my writing about an excellent short story collection equates to a long post. But I do give you a few paragraphs (up to the asterisks) before ~brief remarks on each of the stories. The Thing Around Your Neck : a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Alfred A Knopf, 2009. Hardcover,Continue reading “{book} the power & in just one body (of work)”

{book} a gift of gracias

DAY 07 A Gift of Gracias by Julia Alvarez, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. It should be of no surprise that seeing another picture book by Julia Alvarez would occupy one of the 31 days of October. “Maria’s family is almost forced to leave their farm on theContinue reading “{book} a gift of gracias”

{book} skary childrin

In Widowsbury, an isolated village where people believe “know is good, new is bad,” three outcasts from the girls’ school join forces with a home-schooled boy to uncover and combat the evil that is making people disappear. –publisher Have you seen that Care Bear television episode or movie where there is a boy who isContinue reading “{book} skary childrin”

{books} saving summer & certain allergies

Today is the last day of the school year for N and we are looking forward to summer. She has already signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the local Library. I need to sign up (they have awesome drawings–even for adults!). So I hope you’ve signed up with your Library. There is Scholastic’sContinue reading “{books} saving summer & certain allergies”

tia lola stories : the 4th

How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over (Tia Lola Stories : Book 4) by Julia Alvarez Alfred A. Knopf, 2011 Hardcover, 147 pages, Juvenile Fiction (ages 7-10) Welcome to Tia Lola’s bed and breakfast! With the help of her niece and nephew and the three Sword Sisters, Tía Lola is opening the doors of ColonelContinue reading “tia lola stories : the 4th”

Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco

Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco (Book 6) by  Jarrett J. Krosoczka Alfred A Knopf, 2011. Library Binding, 96 pages. Juvenile comics/graphic novels. Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch are on a school field trip to a famous art museum. But while Lunch Lady is busy taking in all the culture, the kids have caughtContinue reading “Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco”

the boy with the cuckoo-clock heart

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu translated from French by Sarah Ardizzone Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Hardcover, 172 pages. Ages: Adults I checked this out from the library based on its premise. I had not seen the cover everyone rightfully raves about (see below). ******************** FIRSTLY: don’t touch the hands of yourContinue reading “the boy with the cuckoo-clock heart”