Book Reviews


Biographies, Memoirs, and Interviews
Books About Books
Fiction, Short Stories, and Essays
Middle Grade Chapter Books
Miscellaneous
Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Spaceflight and Exploration
Did Not Finish
Children’s Board Books
Children’s Picture Books
Children’s Early Reader Books
Comics and Graphic Novels

Biographies, Memoirs, and Interviews

American Bee – The National Spelling Bee and the Culture of Word Nerds by James Maguire

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

Broke Diaries: The Completley True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke by Angela Nissel

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review edited by Pamela Paul

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Home Is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong by Sophie Hudson

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson

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Books About Books

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

100 BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: A PARENT’S GUIDE to making the right choices for your young reader, TODDLER TO PRETEEN by Anita Silvey

The Barnes & Noble Guide to Children’s Books by Kaylee N. Davis

The Books They Gave Me: True Strories of Life, Love, and Lit by Jen Adams

Comic Books 101 by Chris Ryall and Scott Tipton

Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom collected and edited by Leonard S. Marcus

Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School by Kevin Smokler

Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter, Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History by Jon Morris

Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

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Fiction, Short Stories, and Essays

600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

Asphalt Warrior series #1: The Asphalt Warrior by Gary Reilly

Asphalt Warrior series #2: Ticket to Hollywood by Gary Reilly

Asphalt Warrior series #3: The Heart of Darkness Club by Gary Reilly

Asphalt Warrior series #4: Home for the Holidays by Gary Reilly

Dear Committee Members: A Novel by Julie Schumacher

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

High Fidelity by Nick Horny

The Hunter: A Parker Novel by Richard Stark

I Called Him Necktie by Milena Michiko Flašar, translated by Sheila Dickie

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Keillor Reader by Garrison Keillor

Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor

Life among the Lutherans by Garrison Keillor

Literaria by Carolyn Boehlke

Little Kingdoms by Steven Millhauser

A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin, edited by Stephen Emerson

The October Country by Ray Bradbury

The Pleasure of My Company by Steven Martin

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami, translated by Ted Goossen

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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Middle Grade Chapter Books

All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor with illustrations by Helen John

American  Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum

Annie: A novel based on the beloved musical! by Thomas Meehan

Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

Charley (The Girl Who Ran Away) by Joan G. Robinson

The Essential Kate DiCamillo Collection

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone #1 by J.K. Rowling — an analysis

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets #2 by J.K. Rowling — an analysis

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban #3 by J.K. Rowling — an analysis

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire #4 by J.K. Rowling — an analysis

FYI: Wizarding World Writing by J.K. Rowling by J.K. Rowling and shared on Pottermore site

The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold and illustrated by Emily Gravett

The Pinkaboos: Bitterly and the Giant Problem by Laura and Jake Gosselin, illustrated by Billy Kelly

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Miscellaneous

101 Two-Letter Words written by Stephin Merritt and illustrated by Roz Chast

Confessions of a Serial Entertainer by Steven Stolman

Harry Potter Collector’s Handbook by William Silvester

Harry Potter Film Wizardry by Brian Sibley

Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy Bake Oven by Todd Coopee (with an author interview!)

The Pizza Bible by Tony Gemignani (with Susie Heller and Steve Siegelmen)

Press Release: Scholastic to Publish Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Script Book in the US and Canda

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John

Sketchy Stories: The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes by Kerby Rosanes

SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff by the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group

Street Art London by Frank Steam156 Malt and Dokument Press

The Women’s Health Little Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU! by Adam Campbell

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Sci-Fi and  Fantasy

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

FlashForward by Robert J Sawyer

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Spaceflight and Exploration

Astrobiology: An Introduction by David C Catling

Final Frontier: The Pioneering Science and Technology of Exploring the Universe by Brian Clegg

From Blue Moons to Black Holes by Melanie Melton

Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree

Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet by Steven Squyres

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Did Not Finish

Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village by Ronald Blythe

Asphalt Warrior series #5: Doctor Lovebeads by Gary Reilly

Change Your Life One Doodle at a Time: Creative Exploration from the Silly to the Serious by Salli S. Swindell

Chicago: A Novel by Brian Doyle

Choose Your Own Misery: The Office Adventure by Mike MacDonald and Jilly Gagnon

Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier by Michelle Cuevas

Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen by Rod Pyle

The Daily Artist (A Creative Journal) by Marc Johns

Doodling for Bookworms: 50 inspiring doodle prompts and creative exercises for literature buffs by Gemma Correll

Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster

Edgar Allen Poe: The Fever Called Living by Paul Collins

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

FloraBunda Woodland: Super Simple Line Art Color, Craft & Draw: Trees, Owls, Leaves by Suzanne McNeill

From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio by Michael Perry

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition written by J.K Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay

The Help by Kathyrn Stockett

How to be a Space Explorer: Your Out-of-this-World Adventure by Mark Brake

How to Pass as Human by Nic Kelman, illustrations by Pericles Junior, and infographic illustrations by Rick DeLucco

From Here to Infinity: A Beginner’s Guide to Astronomy by John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin

The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission by Jim Bell

Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart by Jane St. Anthony

Life After God by Douglas Coupland

Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Garth Williams

The Maintenance of Headway by Magnus Mills

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman

Night Passage by Robert B. Parker

A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan

Russian Tattoo: A Memoir by Elena Gorokhova

Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf

The Secret History of Fantasy by Peter S. Beagle

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye written by Tania Del Rio and illustrated by Wilhelm Staehle

Watchmen by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons

The Water and The Wild by K.E. Ormsbee

Voices in the Night: Stories by Steven Millhauser

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Children’s Board Books

The Babies and Doggies Book by John Schindel and Molly Woodward

Carry and Learn Colors by Sarah G. Ward

Counting Dogs by Eric Barclay

Freight Train by Donald Crews

The Game of Lines by Hervé Tullet

Gyo Fujikawa’s Little Library by Gyo Fujikawa

Hi! by Ethan Long

Peek-a-Boo Zoo by Joyce Wan

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

Whose Tools? by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by Jim Datz

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Children’s Picture Books

The Carrot Seed

Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak

Dragon Fire

The Family Hour in Australia

The Fly

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Have You Seen My Dragon?

Have You Seen My Monster?

Home by Carson Ellis

I Used to be Afraid

Make Way for Ducklings

Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets

Merry Christmas, Squirrels! by Nancy Rose

Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds

Noah’s Ark

Paul Meets Bernadette

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day

Polar Bear’s Underwear

The Queen’s Shadow

Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too!)

The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose

The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy Rose

Snail, Where are You?

So Cozy

Something Extraordinary

Such a Little Mouse

The Tale of Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter

The Tea Party in the Woods

Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet

Vegetables in Underwear

Who’s Hungry?

Who Needs Donuts?

(There are eight “library round-up” posts. These are much shorter reviews and each round-up post may feature between 3 – 6 books)

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Children’s Early Reader Books

Library Picture Book Round-Up #6 

Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner and illustrated by P.D. Eastman

World of Reading Level 1: Star Wars Rebels: SABINE’S ART ATTACK adapted by Jennifer Heddle

The Yeti Files #1: Meet the Bigfeet by Kevin Sherry

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Comics and Graphic Novels

Aama volume 1: The Smell of Warm Dust by Frederik Peeters and translated by Edward Gauvin

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer adapted by Jean David Morvan, art by Séverine Lefèbvre

Amazing Facts and Beyond by Dan Zettwoch and Kevin Huizenga

The Amazing Spider-Man: Secret Origins by Marvel

Ariol #1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me by Emmanuel Guibert, illustrated by Marc Boutavant

The Bad-ventures of Bobo Backslack by Jon Chadurjian

The Book of Memory Gaps by Cecila Ruiz

By This Shall You Know Him by Jesse Jacobs

Cast Away on the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure by Fred

Celeste by I.N.J. Culbard

Comic Books 101 by Chris Ryall and Scott Tipton

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

The Everlasting Return by L.E. Mullin

Everyday MUTTS: A Comic Strip Treasury by Patrick McDonnell

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins

Hieronymus B. by Ulf K

Hilda and the Troll #1 by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Midnight Garden #2 by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Bird Pirade #3 by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Black Hound #4 by Luke Pearson

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

It’s Only A Game by Charles M Schulz with Jim Sasseville

Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History by Jon Morris

Little Book of Fred by Rupert Fawcett

The Little World of Liz Climo by Liz Climo

Lobster is the Best Medicine: A Collection of Comics About Friendship by Liz Climo

MAD’S Greatest Artists: Don Martin: Three Decades of His Greatest Works by Don Martin

MAD’s Greatest Writers: Frank Jacobs: Five Decades of His Greatest Works by Frank Jacobs

Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World by Monte Beauchamp

Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae

Off the Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs by Rupert Fawcett

Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly

The MUTTS Diaries by Patrick McDonnell

Safari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs

Scrooge by Charles Dickens, adapted by Rodolphe, art by Estelle Meyrand

The Sea-Wolf adapted by Riff Reb’s

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Author Bertozzi

Shoplifter by Michael Cho

Sweaterweather & Other Short Stories by Sara Varon

The Wild Piano: A Philemon Adventure by Fred

Will you still love me if I wet the bed? by Liz Prince

The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll

Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Liniers (with an author interview!)

WuMo: Something is Wrong written by Michael Wulff and illustrated by Anders Morgenthaler

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