Finished all the current Rick Riordan books? Looking for some more Greek Mythology to satiate you or your child’s curiosity? Then if you haven’t gotten lost in George O’Connor’s Olympian series, it’s only the start of August. There’s still a whole month left to summer vacation, so it isn’t too late!
I have a confession to make. Until this week, I had never read the Little Prince. I know it seems sacrilege for a librarian to admit she never read a classic, but the title never interested me as a child and as an adult I could never be bothered. Until I agreed to review the adapted graphic novel version. After reading the first few pages, I knew I had to go back to the original to review this title with justice.
When the kind but chronically confused Mr. Venezi places a help wanted ad in the paper, the animals at Venezi’s Pet & Supply begin to fret: one candidate smells like soup, while another refuses to work with cute critters. The pets are relieved when Mr. Venezi hires Viola, a smart, stylish ninth grader who seems [...]
Bad Island Created, Written, and Drawn by Doug TenNapel Scholastic Books/Graphix Imprint, August 2011 Ages 10+, Grades 5+ August 2011, 220 pages ISBN 978-0-545-31480-0 (softcover) $10.99 ISBN 978-0-545-31479-4 (hardcover) $24.99 A family vacation on a boat turns into an adventure like no other as the castaways have to work together to get off the strangest [...]
What do pets do when their masters are at work? If you belong to Captain Amazing, defender of Metro City, the answer is watch your owner fight crime on the six o’clock news. Tired of being ignored by Captain Amazing, his pets — Roscoe the dog, Fluffy the hamster, Shifty the gecko, and Manny the [...]
The Reading Pile is back this week with an eclectic assortment of titles that run the gamut from video-game tie-ins (Mega Man) to fairy-tale spoofs (Beauty and the Squat Bears) to sports manga (Cross Game). As always, we encourage you to join the discussion by telling us what kid- and teen-friendly titles are on your [...]
The first Choose Your Own Adventure novel was published in 1976 by Vermont Crossroads Press. Though Sugarcane Island sold only 8,000 copies, author Edward Packard was convinced that interactive novels could be a big hit with proper marketing and distribution, and spent four years shopping the concept to major publishers. In 1980, he signed an [...]
I began reading mystery novels in the second grade, not long after my grandmother bought me my first Nancy Drew books. Much as I enjoyed The Secret of the Old Clock and The Bungalow Mystery, however, I was less keen on the character of Nancy herself. I envied Nancy’s smart roadster and the physical freedom [...]