{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”

{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 anyContinue reading “{book} taking the case”

{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,Continue reading “{book} bff”

{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 behindContinue reading “{book} ivy+bean make the rules”

{book} Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, & Other Fatal Circumstances

A cure for those hours steeped in academia ala textbooks and essays? Lenore Look’s Alvin Ho. I’ve been intrigued by the title for awhile, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances, so when I saw it face-out on the Library shelf I brought it home. This is the fourth book inContinue reading “{book} Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, & Other Fatal Circumstances”

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 aboutContinue reading “clara lee and the apple pie dream”