Thursday, October 27, 2011

Caveman: A B.C. Story

Caveman: A B.C. Story
written and illustrated by Janee Trasler
unpaged picture book
New York : Sterling, c2011

Who knew a caveman's life was so exciting? This wonderful picture book is pure genius! The story is told simply using just single words alphabetically. Paired with brilliant illustrations. "Acorn...Bear...Cave...Dinosaur...Eat...Faint". That is the only part of the story I will share. You must see the pictures to fully appreciate the entertainment level of this story. A laugh-out loud adventure!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Those That Wake

Those That Wake
by Jesse Karp
Teen Dystopian Fiction
329 pages
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011

All I'm going to say is: I knew there was a reason I no longer have a cell phone.
If you like books full of conspiracy theories, violence and mystery combined with some humor and a bit of romance, then you might enjoy Those That Wake. If you are turned off by swear words (there are some big ones occasionally) and a somewhat confusing plot, then this isn't the book for you.

In the Shadow of the Lamp

In the Shadow of the Lamp
by Susanne Dunlap
Teen Historical Fiction
293 pages
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2011

Molly has suffered the loss of her parlormaid job at the hands of a jealous kitchen girl. With nowhere to go she tags along with a group of nurses headed by Miss Florence Nightingale as they travel to Turkey to aid British soldiers in the Crimean War. Molly is a natural to the nursing profession, but not such a natural when it comes to understanding love. A doctor and a soldier unknowingly are tugging her heart in different directions. It was so interesting to read and learn about such a fascinating person as Florence Nightingale. However, the star of this wonderful historical novel is definitely spunky young Molly.