Saturday, February 20, 2010

Missing the Boat

By Justin Shady, Wayne Chinsang, Dwellephant

I picked up this graphic novel because of the cover (and let's face it, that's one of the main draws of a book, and publishers know it). It did not disappoint! This is one of the funniest graphic novels I've read in a while. It may have to do with the unusual tale. It tells the fictional story of the Churamane, a species that lived long ago and are now extinct. It focuses on a husband and wife, George and Gladys, who find out they've won a free 40-day and 40-night cruise trip on Noah's Ark. As many of you are aware from the Bible story, while the animals are on board, the entire earth will be under water. The plan is when the flood is over, the animals will have to repopulate the planet with their species. The only problem is, George and Gladys like to nap...A LOT! One of the characteristics of the Churamane is they are very lazy. So, George and Gladys sleep through the date they were supposed to be on board the "cruise ship." They eventually get to the ark, but are locked out! And Noah won't let them get on! Needless to say, that is the story of how the Churamane became extinct.

This story is hysterical, I absolutely loved it! George and Gladys are perfectly suited to each other in their laziness and love of napping. Noah is a hoot, as well! The humor and silliness is matched in the illustrations. This graphic novel is perfect for children and adults. Prepare yourself for lots of laughter!


By Lauren Myracle

I had the pleasure of hearing Lauren Myracle speak at last year's New York Library Association Annual Conference. She is a great speaker and so in tune with kids. Shamefully, I had never read any of her books. I finally did, and wow! - she definitely knows kids and tweens!

This is the first book in a trilogy. It is a year in the life of Winnie, who has just turned eleven. Turning eleven is really cool, but Winnie notices that her other friends are changing, while she seems to be staying the same. Her best friend, Amanda, seems embarrassed to play the games they used to, and would rather hang out with stuck-up Gail Grayson and talk about boys and make-up. As she and Amanda grow apart, Winnie struggles with the changes in their friendship, and in the process learns about herself and others. The year is full of ups and downs, and Winnie reflects on them with honesty and enthusiasm.

I listened to the audiobook version, and I was immediately transported back in time when I was eleven years old. NOT that I want to return to that particular period of my life, but I was amazed how the writing was so true to the pre-teen experience. There are embarrassing moments, feelings of insecurity, and not knowing where you truly fit it. I felt the exact same things Winnie did, and it connected me in a such a positive and powerful way to this book. I highly recommend this book to young girls. I think they will feel an immediate kinship to Winnie, just like I did. I can't wait to read the next two books, Twelve and Thirteen, which continue Winnie's journey through the tween years.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Espressologist

By Kristina Springer


What's your coffee drink of choice? Iced Vanilla Latte? You're sweet and loyal - a good friend. Pumpkin Spice Latte? You're fun and sassy. And according to Jane Turner, she can determine your personality based on the coffee drink you order. It's called Espressology. Jane Turner is a 17 year-old barista at Wired Joe's coffee shop. She keeps a notebook of coffee drinks ordered and the type of person behind the drink. She's so good at it, she can predict the type of drink before the person even orders it, like Small Nonfat Latte for Melissa, an obnoxious girl who made Jane's life miserable in school.

One day, she decides to hook up a couple of her customers based on their drink orders and compatibility. It works so well, she decides to hook up Em, her best friend, and Cam, her friend from school. Her boss, Derek, finds out about "Espressology" and her notebook, and decides it would a great promotion for the store. So Jane becomes a dating guru at the coffee shop, and it is a huge success. Profits are through the roof, and people are genuinely happy with their dates. So why is she getting upset that Cam is dating Em, especially when she matched them up herself? This is a light, fun read. It's perfect if you're looking for a cute romance and a fast read. Beware: you will crave coffee while reading this. That being said, excuse me, I must jot off to Starbucks. There's a White Chocolate Mocha with my name on it! I wonder what Jane would say about me....

Monday, February 1, 2010

Belated Resolutions

Since I haven't posted in such a long time, you're probably wondering if I stopped reading books. That would never happen! I have been reading lots of books, but I have been so busy with work, that my blogging has gone to the bottom of my "to do" list. I gave myself a New Year's goal of posting at least once a week, which I think is manageable. If you're wondering what I've read lately, check out my Goodreads page. I put a widget on the right hand side.

Also, you may have noticed (or not, since not many people follow this blog), my "facelift" to this site. I made some changes in the hopes of making this look a little prettier and easy to follow. Another change is including teen books in my reviews. I read alot of YA fiction, and I thought it would be a good addition here.

I hope you like the changes and look for a new posting soon (like later tonight)!