Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

In Wayfaring Stranger, Burke presents a well constructed story told in a simple, sometimes poetic fashion, a style which reflects the character of the novel’s hero, Weldon Holland.

The novel follows Holland’s life through his boyhood (including his involvement with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow), his years in the US army during WWII, his marriage to a death camp survivor and his involvement in the no-holds-barred Texas oil business.

Ultimately a love story, Wayfaring Stranger is a thrilling, compelling story of one man’s courage, integrity, and optimism. Most importantly, it is an extremely good read.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn is an excellent book to read out loud, the pictures are simple, appealing and funny. 
The story of Annabelle, her dog Mars and the box of yarn that she finds and uses to knit items to warm up her cold little town is heroic and magical in a quiet way. 

There are not a lot of words, but the story is rich with meaning, and leaves space for speculation, conversation, and laughter. 

Like the illustrations it is simple, funny, appealing, and has a very satisfying ending. 

This book was enjoyed by all and the reviewer was amazed at how engaged the children were with the story no matter what their age.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

A book with no pictures, what could be fun about that?

After all, if the book has no pictures, there’s nothing to look at but the words on the page....

Words that might make you say silly sounds, words that are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or words that are just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds.

Novak understands that if there’s one thing kids like even better than pictures, it’s nonsense words read aloud by adults. 

The book with no pictures will inspire laughter every time it’s opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share, while at the same time, introducing children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight. 

This book is guaranteed to have everyone in stitches.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sweetland by Micheal Crummey

This novel takes place on a remote island in Newfoundland and the main character is Moses Sweetland.

After prosperity for 12 generations, the fish have all dried up and Moses must face the angst of being the final holdout regarding the government’s plan to relocate the village to the mainland.

Crummey weaves a riveting story intertwining the events of Sweetlands life, the drama surrounding the relocation and the psychological effect that the proceedings have on Sweetland.

Crummy’s pace is perfect, his description of both the setting and the people’s daily lives paint intricate pictures. Sweetland is a must read book that entertains and stays in one’s thoughts.