Book reviews...from picture books to adult books, as well as books-to-movie info, and other stuff I think is interesting. Note: Not all books reviewed or recommended are appropriate for all ages.
OCTOBER 10, 2011
Third book by Kristen Cashore announced
As a huge fan of Graceling, I was excited to see the announcement that the sequel, Bitterblue, is scheduled to be published in May, 2012. If you haven't yet read Graceling, and you enjoy fast-paced action/adventure stories featuring a strong female character (along the lines of Hunger Games), I'd highly recommend it (see past review for more info.)
Just FYI, even though Fire was published AFTER Graceling, it is actually a prequel, so Bitterblue will be the first book to continue on the exciting plotline of Graceling.
I just opened the box with four copies of the NEWEST Diary of a Wimpy Kid...#5: The Ugly Truth. I know they will fly off the shelves! Let us know if you want to put a hold on a copy. Call 754-5738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org OR use your account and pin # to place a hold yourself!
I was sad to see that a great author, Eva Ibbotson, died today at 85 years old. She is the author of two favorite books of mine, Island of the Aunts and The Star of Kazan. I also know quite a few readers, including my daughter Kennedy, who name Journey to the River Sea as a favorite. We have many more of her books, as well as some books to listen to on CD.
Island of the Aunts has one of my favorite openings of any book: "Kidnapping children is not a good idea. All the same, sometimes it has to be done." This is a like Roald-Dahl-but-nicer story that has a great message, interesting characters, is suspenseful AND, best of all, has a kraken in it.
Just FYI...there is a new Disney movie coming out in November, The Princess and the Frog, and it is based on one of E.D. Baker's books series about the Frog Princess. You can check the first book, The Frog Princess, and other titles in the series at the library.
Lots of movie tie-in books will also be coming soon, like the Disney Read-Aloud storybook for the movie, a junior novelization, and a DK Essential Guide the Princess and the Frog.
For all the Wimpy Kid fans....and there are a LOT....number 4 in the series by Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is due to come out in October. We'll be getting more than one copy...and taking holds anytime.
Children's author...and illustrator, Tasha Tudor died last week...in her early 90s. She is most well known, maybe, as an illustrator who always included Corgi dogs in all of her books.
I highly recommend...to people of all ages...the biographical video you can check out from the library called Take Joy: the magical world of Tasha Tudor, which shows Tudor at her English countryside home, with her own Corgis, in her gardens, cooking on the hearth, etc.
She (or maybe her daughters) talk about the fun things they did growing up, including her mother creating a tiny catalog that their dollhouse people could "order" from through Sparrow Press...and then tiny packages would actually come!
According to a recent School Library Journal article, a favorite character of mine created by author and illustrator, Ian Falconer, is going to be the star of a new Nick t.v. show that will be on in 2009. If you aren't familiar with Olivia, she is a little pig with big ideas. The books are very funny with great illustrations...drawn in black and white, with limited splashes of color...especially Olivia's favorite color: red!
The #3 book by Christopher Paolini to follow Eragon and Eldest is reported to be on schedule for a Fall 2008 release. Many readers are looking forward to this fantasy novel.
Paolini began plotting the Inhertiance series as a 15 year old homeschooled student, orginally envisioning it as a trilogy. However, he recently announced that what he thought would be the final book in the trilogy, will actually need to be told over two more books, resulting in a projected series length of four books.
Eragon was made into a movie in 2006, and is now available on DVD to check out from the public library.
If you would like to enjoy L'Engle's most famous classic Newbery-award-winning book, come to the library and check out A Wrinkle in Time as a print book, an audiobook listen to it, or even watch a movie adaptation we have available on DVD.
We will be closed September 18-20th so that we can install and configure our new card catalog and circulation system. We are really excited that this system will be much easier to use, you can get more information and (if you have access to the internet from home or school) you can look up to see what we have online. The online part is really cool, because you can actually go ahead and place a hold after you find a book, you can see information about other books like the one that you looked up, and even see a picture of the book (if available).
While reading the August 2007 edition of Nickelodeon magazine, which you can check out from the youth dept., I just finished reading an interview with the actors who play Harry, Ron and Hermoine, about the Harry Potter #5 movie coming out...and turned the page.
There, I was thrilled to see that Nick was having a new cartoon show--"Wayside"-- based on some of the funniest chapter books, the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar. Sachar might be most well known for the novel Holes, which was made into a movie a few years ago, but the Wayside School books have a completely different--and hilarious--tone. They are great if you love wacky humor...and they are also good for readers who are looking for something quick, because they are essentially written almost as a collection of short stories, so you can almost open the books to any chapter and just read it as a funny skit. To understand the premise, readers should read the first, Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
The new Harry Potter book cover has been released. What do you think? Apparently (according to an AP artcile posted on Yahoo News) the book cover that will be marketed to adults has a photograph of a locket with the serpentine "s" which is supposed to be the "horcrux" where Lord Voldemort keeps a fragment of his soul. I'll post that cover when I can find it.
"There Will Soon Be 7" is the soon to begin national media campaign in preparation of the 7th--and last--book in the Harry Potter series, which has broken all kinds of publication records. Click here to see another record that the 7th book will make due to the publisher's commitment to print the 784 page book with environmental considerations in mind.
I have seen the previews now for the Bridge to Terabithia movie, and am a little surprised by the way it is being portrayed as almost an action movie. I think it is a little odd, that the wonderful thing about Terabithia in the book is how it really celebrates the kids' (especially Leslie's) imagination...and then the movie makes it look like these imagined creatures, etc. are all really there.
I thought the preview made the movie look more like a fantasy, than a movie about friendship...I pictured it more like Because of Winn Dixie or My Girl. Anyway, we'll wait and see. If you want to see more about the book, the story, and the movie, including a contest, go to Walden Media's web page for Bridge to Terabithia.
The release date has finally been announced for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the 7th and last Harry Potter book in the series by J.K. Rowling. The book will come out on July 21st. The library will be getting multiple copies, and reserves are already being accepted. We will also get an audio version, released the same day. As has been our tradition with this popular series, we will hold one copy back from the reserve list and have a special Harry Potter event on the release morning where we will draw one name to be the first person to check-out.