Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book 543: A Weed is a Flower

A Weed is a Flower, by Aliki, Aladdin Paperbacks, 1988.

This beautifully illustration book is an excellent introduction to George Washington Carver for young readers.  The text is fairly simple, but the ideas conveyed are not.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Book 542: The Girl in a Swing

The Girl in a Swing, by Richard Adams, Alfred Knopf, 1980.

I found this book at a second-hand story.  I remember reading Watership Down -- at least thirty years ago -- and liking it, so, for a dollar, I picked up this book.

This book is not really very much like Watership Down.  But the writing is still gently beautiful, as the plot becomes increasingly intense.  By the end of the book, I, like the protagonist, did not want to believe what I know.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book 541: Sock Monkey -- Into the Deep Woods

Sock Monkey -- Into the Deep Woods, by Matt Danner, illustrated by Tony Millionaire, Fantagraphics Books, 2014.

I bought this book because I was able to get a copy signed by the illustrator.  So it was definitely worth the purchase price for that.

The illustrations for this very short novel were quite wonderful, but the writing felt a little flat -- almost as if it were being viewed through a screen from a distance.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Book 540: The Blood of Olympus

The Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan, Disney Hyperion, 2014.

I really enjoyed this series.  And I liked this book.  But this book didn't quite seem to be the ending we were promised.  Don't get me wrong:  I'm glad that so many of the other demigods emerged as heroes, but Percy and Jason didn't have to turn milquetoast for that to happen, did they?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book 539: The Crown of Ptolemy

The Crown of Ptolemy, by Rick Riordan, Disney-Hyperion, 2015.

This book came with another book.  I doubt if I would have bought this one for its own merit.

It is great to revisit the Percy Jackson character, but this isn't one of his stronger stories or adventures.  And, for a Rick Riordan book, it wrapped up in a surprisingly tidy little bow.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book 538: The House of Hades

The House of Hades, by Rick Riordan, Disney-Hyperion, 2013

Sometimes I can't count on the library having a book that I really want to read, especially when a series is involved.  In those cases, I just have to buy the book.

This was a pretty exciting, pretty great read.  There was SO much going on -- so many characters, so many story lines, so many heartbreaks.  I was, however, vastly amused by the character and repeated mention of Hyperion.

I really hope that Bob can say hello to the stars in the next book.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Book 537: Little Bear's Friend

Little Bear's Friend, written by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, Harper Collins, 1960.

I love Little Bear.  And Emily.  And Lucy.  So it is probably no wonder that I named two characters in my first book 'Emily' and 'Lucie' -- even though I hadn't read a Little Bear book for about thirty years back then.

The illustrations are delightfully and perfectly vintage Sendak.