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July 26, 2014

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Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase is the first book in the Lockwood & Co series by Jojnathan Stroud ( Bartimaes Saga)  This book is like Sherlock Holmes meets Ghostbusters.  Book 2 The Whispering Skull comes out in September.  

July 25, 2014

The Innocence Device

The Innocence DeviceThe Innocence Device by William Kowalski
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Available September 2014
A copy was provided in exchange for a review.

In a dystopian future, prisons have been taken over by corporations and exist to make money. Once that happened, they began to imprison everybody to make the most money possible. This concept would make a great novel. The Innocence Device is not that book. Written in a very simplistic style to appeal to adults who may be reluctant readers or who have not finished High School, The Innocence Device seems to be trying to cram too much story into 100 pages and where the reader would like details about the characters and world, the writing is kept simple. This book is not worth reading.

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July 23, 2014

Review: Still Life

Still Life (The Books of Elsewhere, #5)Still Life by Jacqueline West
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

West, Jacqueline, and Poly Bernatene. Still Life. Dial. 2014. Print.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read. http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

Book 5 of 5
Series: The Books of Elsewhere

Still Life is the final volume in the 5 book series, The Books of Elsewhere. Olive is a clever girl who lives in a house with magic cats and can enter the world of the paintings. The former owner of her house Aldous McMartin is an evil sorcerer and he is trying to take back the house. Olive has foiled his plans several times but everything comes to a head in Still LIfe. The 5th volume of this masterful series ties up the mysteries that have been set up throughout all 5 books. West is able to wrap everything up in an ending that satisfies. With all the twists and turns that fans expect, Still Life does not disappoint.
This series is illustrated by Poly Bernatene, who is able to create depictions of the scenes that completely fit with the world West has created. Seeing this series end was sad, but this series of books definitely is worthy of being reread again and again.



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Review: The Milkman

The MilkmanThe Milkman by Carol Foskett Cordsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Corsden, Carol Foskett. The Milkman. Dutton. NY. 2001.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

The Milkman is a simple picture book that is a good pick for prek-1st grade. The text is a simple story of a milkman on his routine delivering milk and filling people's orders. Written in a rhyme scheme, this book can be read leaving pause for students to guess the word that makes the most sense. The illustrations have a classic feel which perfectly complements the text. This is a good title to share. The Milkman is recommended for library collections and makes a good book to borrow from the library.

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2 Picture Book Reviews

Nick Plays BaseballNick Plays Baseball by Rachel Isadora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Isadora, Rachel. Nick Plays Baseball. 2001. Putnam. New York
This review was is also posted on www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

Rachel Isadora is a picture book author who has written and illustrated several sport themed books for readers. In Nick Plays Baseball, Isadora has written a picture book that explains the rules of baseball surrounded by a story of Nick playing to win a championship. Along with the simple plot of Nick going having practice and then playing the championship game, the book explains the rules of baseball. This is an excellent pick for those who are unfamiliar or just starting to play baseball. Children in grades 1-3 will get the most out of the book because they may be forming an interest in baseball. This is definitely a must have for a baseball picture book collection. This book should also be a first pick for boys or girls who haven't read the right book yet, but have an avid interest in baseball.

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If Not For The Calico CatIf Not For The Calico Cat by Mary Blount Christian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christian, Mary Blount. If Not for the Calico Cat. Dutton.2007. New York.
This review was also posted on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

If Not for the Calico Cat is an adorable must own picture book by Mary Blount Christian. The story is about the old superstition, that you need to have a calico cat on board a ship, or the journey will be plagued with bad luck. When a calico cat that was happy on shore is dragged on board The Jade Lotus, the journey is plagued with a series of disasters.
The text and the story are charming. The illustrations are very cartoony but it is the exact style that this story needed. If Not for the Calico Cat is highly recommended for all children's library collections.

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July 22, 2014

New reviews

Reviews coming this week include The Books of Elsewhere Still Life 
Several picture books and more

July 18, 2014

Picture Book Reviews



Herman and RosieHerman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gordon, Gus, and Dominique Boutel. Herman Et Rosie Pour La Vie. Paris: Gallimard Jeunesse, 2013. Print.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com
Herman and Rosie is a sweet picture book about two different animals and how they came together to become friends. Herman and Rosie are both lonely. Herman plays the oboe at night, Rosie sings at a night club. After two tragic events, the two finally meet and become friends. The story here was very sweet and well done. This would be a good pick for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
The illustrations really stand out in this book. With colorful illustrations overlaying old newspapers, maps and post cards. The quote from Mark Twain on the verso page, about New York being a very lonely place is the perfect addition to the text.
This is a great book to borrow from the library and is sure to be enjoyed repeatedly.

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Old MacDonald Had a DragonOld MacDonald Had a Dragon by Ken Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Baker, Ken, and Christopher Santoro. Old MacDonald Had a Dragon. Las Vegas, NV: Amazon Children's, 2012. Print.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

What if you took the famous song, "Old MacDonald had a Farm," and turned it on its head? You would probably get something like Old MacDonald had a Dragon by Ken Baker, illustrated by Christopher Santoro. The classic song has been completely twisted in this very creative picture book perfect for children 3-7. The farmer is singing his famous song but a new verse about the dragon he's adopted. The other animals don't like the dragon very much, but when they argue, they get eaten.
Filled with vivid illustrations that complement a text filled with puns and creative word play, this book is a definite first choice for children 3-7. Highly recommended for reluctant early readers as well due to the vivid illustrations and creative and funny play on words.

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Troll SwapTroll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hodgkinson, Leigh. Troll Swap.Nosy Crow. 2013. Print.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com

Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson is a definite must have for collections for children. This is a book about not fitting in. Timothy Limpet is a troll that doesn't fit in. He is neat and tidy while other trolls are messy. He doesn't fit in with the other trolls. Tabitha Lumpit is a little girl who feels like she does not fit in. She is messy and loud while most girls and boys are neat and quiet. They decide to switch places, but switching does not bring them the happiness they hope for.
An excellent picture book with a great message about being yourself, and not worrying about what others think of you. Troll Swap is the type of book that should be on every child's bookshelf growing up to help teach the lesson to be true to yourself, but can be especially useful for children who are anxious about not fitting in with others.

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