{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 MagicContinue reading “{book} ruby’s magic madness”

{comic} questions

Who is AC? by Hope Larson, illustrated by Tintin Pantoja. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. hardcover, 176 pages. 12 & up. borrowed from the Library because you know I am a big fan of Hope Larson’s work. “Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just asContinue reading “{comic} questions”

a quick little chat

Day Three: While Mama had a Quick Little Chat by Amy Reichert  illustrated by Alexandra Boiger A Richard Jackson Book (Atheneum, 2005). Oh, my! but this is a delightful one! Those quick little chats on the phone are never just a moment or two, are they?—unless a moment equates to 30 minutes or an hour. AmyContinue reading “a quick little chat”

{book} lulu and the brontosaurus

Do you know an early reader who is a spoiled? A reader, who, like Lulu, is a pain? Not “a pain in the elbow” or “a pain the knee,” but “a pain–a very big pain–in the butt” (3)? Maybe said person isn’t a reader but would be willing to sit down and enjoy a niceContinue reading “{book} lulu and the brontosaurus”

{illustrator} david small

 Stitches It has been a while since I highlighted an illustrator and that is just what I am going to do. Do you follow “7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast?” I do. They deal primarily with illustrated books and their illustrators and David Small was being talked about the other week, February 7th. Jules was looking at theContinue reading “{illustrator} david small”

dancing home

Dancing Home  by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta Atheneum Books, 2011 hardcover, 147 pages. Juvenile Fiction (ages 8-12) Mexico may be her parents’ home, but it’s certainly not Margie’s. She has finally convinced the other kids at school she is one-hundred percent American–just like them. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the imageContinue reading “dancing home”


I picked up Zebrafish at the Library after seeing that “The Graphic Classroom” had reviewed it (though I had yet to actually read said review). I thought, haven’t seen this one, looks kinda fun for kids (and perhaps, myself). Peter H. Reynolds and Fable Vision present: Zebrafish as written by Sharon Emerson & drawn byContinue reading “zebrafish”

Tales of Mystery & Madness

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness Illustrated by Gris Grimly Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon&Schuster), 2004 Hardcover, 135 pages. Juvenile Fiction (ages 11 & up) A sweet little cat drives a man to insanity and murder… The grim death known as the plague roams a masquerade ball dressed in red… A dwarfContinue reading “Tales of Mystery & Madness”

lucky for good

“Justine’s religious beliefs and her understanding of Biblical citations are all her own and do not represent those of any person or group.” ~Susan Patron, “Notes to the Reader.” Lucky for Good (Book 3: Lucky’s Hard Pan trilogy) by Susan Patron w/ Illustrations by Erin McGuire Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster), 2011. Hardcover,Continue reading “lucky for good”