Monthly Archives: January 2014

Flora & Ulysses


I read this book awhile ago but never posted (I think.. If I did, I can’t find it). It just won the Newbery award so I figured I should write about it!

I remember thinking it was very odd. Kind of like the show Monk. This is what I wrote about it on Goodreads.

“Not my favorite of Ms DiCamillo. Cute but weird. Quirky. Almost stopped reading it after a bit.”

It’s about a girl who makes friends with a magical squirrel who got that way because he got caught up in a vacuum cleaner. I mean.. weird right? There are some heavy subjects like abandonment and divorce. I mean.. I don’t know what it was up against but I can say that it’s not in the same realm as other Newbery books I’ve read.


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Award winners

I swear I’ve read the Newbery award winner. I’m not just saying that. I’m wondering why I never wrote a post but I didn’t. Probably because I thought it was kind of weird. BUT it won. And that’s that. I’ll write a post right now.

Flora & Ulysses 2014 Newbery Winner




Locomotive 2014 Caldecott Winner


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7 things to-do


Check out these 7 things to-do while reading to your child. I rarely ever read the author & illustrator, which is wrong.

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Night Film


I haven’t read a ton since I was packing and then moving and now settling in to my job. But on my cross country drive I listened to a little bit of this book and then finished the rest on my new Note 10.1 (yay Christmas!) However, listening to this on audio was detrimental & I don’t suggest it. The beauty of this book is that it includes pictures, case notes, police files etc. Here’s the premise

“On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.”

I liked it up until about 70% through. Then it got weird. I’m not one for the supernatural even if it is there to make a point. I did like the ending though. If you don’t like endings to be neatly wrapped with a bow then don’t read this, it is not like that.

I can’t say I would suggest this book. If someone was reading that’s great but if someone asked me what a good book was I wouldn’t jump straight to Night Film.

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School Library Digs

Van Meter, Iowa is having their school library upgraded to the tenth degree! It makes even me jealous. Check out their new renovation in the School Library Journal.

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Digital Bedtime

I read a blog post recently that was hating on this video. I’m not as rigid with my, “Don’t use electronic devices” stance. But I’m always interested to read and learn about both sides.

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Books to Read & Share

The 100 best children’s books to read and share according to the NYPL. It is also done like the NPR not-book list I talked about yesterday. Can’t say I like it, can’t say I hate it. It is what it is. It is definitely visually stimulating. See for yourself here.

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