Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book 356: The Dot and the Line

The Dot and the Line, by Norton Juster, Chronicle Books 1963.


I loved this very nearly perfect book.  It was, of course, a story so it was about words and wordplay.  And it was about Art.  And it was most definitely about Mathematics, and perhaps as advertised about "lower Mathematics", but I would argue that Norton Juster elevated the Mathematics to a much higher level.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book 355: The Boscombe Valley Mystery

The Boscombe Valley Mystery (Sherlock Holmes), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


A delightful, although not insoluble, mystery.  Of course, it may be that I found this one so delightful because I was imagining Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock delivering some of these choice lines to Rupert Graves' Lestrade.



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book 354: Acquired Tastes

Acquired Tastes, by Peter Mayle, Bantam Books, 1992.

This book will not change your life.  That's OK -- It doesn't need to.  The writing is entertaining and fun, and very well done.  Mayle gives insight into the ways of the affluent from the point of view of a man of ordinary means.  I have never been wealthy, nor do I ever expect to become wealthy, but, just in case, I am so prepared.



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book 353: Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book

Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, written by Terry Jones, illustrated by Brian Froud, Turner Publishing, 1994.

I bought this book back in 1994, or 1995 at the latest. For the longest time I had a pressed fairy on the windscreen of my car (a Nova --the Chevy/Toyota mashup) until the fairy faded away into nothing. 

This book is hilarious (Terry Jones) and beautiful (Brian Froud) -- what more can I say?


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book 352: Rose's Garden

Rose's Garden, by Peter H. Reynolds, Candlewick, 2009.

We checked out this book during "white cover book day" at our house; my five-year-old son picked up this book from the library. 

My son liked this book with its sweet story and lovely illustrations, but I LOVED this book. This title went straight to my "Must Own It Immediately!" list.  So I ordered myself a copy. 




Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book 351: Botticelli's Bed and Breakfast

Botticelli's Bed and Breakfast, Jan Pienkowksi, Simon & Schuster, 1997.

I LOVE this brilliantly-designed pop-up book so much.  I bought this book back in 1997, before I worked as a children's librarian and before I had a child.  I read a review of it somewhere, so I tracked it down and bought it.  And I've loved it since then.  I have yet to show this book to my five-year-old son (because I love it so much and I'd like to keep it intact), but when he gets a little older, what a fun way to learn about works of Art!




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Book 350: My Little Opposites Book

My Little Opposites Book, by Bob Staake, Simon & Schuster, 2001.

I bought this book at exactly the same time and for exactly the same reason as I bought the numbers book -- to teach my son how to use shapes to draw objects -- so any detailed review I wrote would be pretty much exactly the same.  The added benefit is that my five-year-old son can read this book on his own.