Horton Halfpott or the Feindish Mystery of Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset, by Tom Angleberger, 2011, Book Review

If I might add yet another subheading to the title of this most unusual book, it would be “or Whimsical Wit and Lyrical Nonsense,” because those happen to be the two most notable assets of this particular scrap of literature. The story is sort of a whodunit with very stylized characters and a not entirely … Continue reading Horton Halfpott or the Feindish Mystery of Smugwick Manor or The Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset, by Tom Angleberger, 2011, Book Review

The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery (St. Viper’s School for Super Villains, book one), by Kim Donovan, 2011, Book Review

MMGM is a weekly meme hosted by middle grade author, Shannon Messenger. (Finally! A meme that fits perfectly with my content!) This book is funny, perfect for young readers, and truly unique. It’s all about raising up villains, not heroes. But don't worry, it’s written with a full measure of humor that keeps the tone lighthearted and … Continue reading The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery (St. Viper’s School for Super Villains, book one), by Kim Donovan, 2011, Book Review

Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage, 2012, Book Review

Meet Mo LoBeau, eleven-year-old spitfire from the town of Tupelo Landing, NC and her best friend, Dale Earnhart Johnson III. (The three is for the immortal legend’s race car number, of course.) Yup, you’ve just landed in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business--which is a good thing, according to Miss Lana, because … Continue reading Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage, 2012, Book Review

How to Slay a Dragon (The Journals of Myrth, Book One), by Bill Allen, 2011, Book Review

I happened onto this book during a free promo and approached it very cautiously. You see, about five percent of the books I find for free do I actually finish—or even get beyond page fifteen. This one looked cute, however, and I was impressed with the sample text, so I settled in for a longer … Continue reading How to Slay a Dragon (The Journals of Myrth, Book One), by Bill Allen, 2011, Book Review

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, book one), by Rick Riordan, 2010, Book Review

Rick Riordan is a master of modern tween story-telling. He keeps the action fast-pitch, his characters feel distinct and real, and he writes kid-funny. No wonder his name is repeatedly at the top of the best-sellers list. The Red Pyramid is a 516 page battle of good vs. evil.  Sadie and Carter are two siblings that … Continue reading The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, book one), by Rick Riordan, 2010, Book Review

The Celery Stalks at Midnight, by James Howe, 1983, Book Review

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of artichokes? This title and catch phrase just cracked me up. This is the third in the Bunnicula series. It took only four days to read aloud, and my boys enjoyed it, but it isn’t quite the caliber of Howliday Inn, which isn’t quite the caliber of … Continue reading The Celery Stalks at Midnight, by James Howe, 1983, Book Review