Tuesday, January 31, 2017

44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith

The reviewer has been a long time reader of Alexander McCall Smiths various series- the #1 Ladies Detective Agency and the Sunday Philosophy Club and has very much appreciated the author’s dry humor and relatable characters. 

A recent trip to Scotland inspired the reviewer to pick up, for the first time, one of the author’s long time running series “44 Scotland Street”. The reviewer learned that this is a serial novel which has been printed in episodes in “The Scotsman” newspaper for the last 10 years.

44 Scotland Street is a fictional address of an apartment building in Edinburgh which is peopled by characters such as Bertie- the child prodigy, Cyril-the dog with the gold tooth, Bruce- the narcissistic wine merchant and many others real and imagined.

The reviewer found the episodic format to be a relaxing read and discovering the series late in the game means they have been able to immerse themselves in the places they enjoyed on holiday. The reviewer feels that they have a whole new group of imaginary friends.

The reviewer highly recommends a visit to 44 Scotland Street!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

This interactive children’s story is about a bunny who wants to try skiing down the slopes but has many obstacles to go through. The book pulls in children and adults alike by having the reader tilt/shake or turn the book to help the bunny along!

Claudia Rueda is an award-winning New York Times bestselling Author and illustrator of more than twenty children’s books. The reviewer found Bunny Slopes to be a very entertaining book!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Darkest Dark by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Illustrated by The Fan Brothers

The Darkest Dark is a bedtime picture book by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield and beautifully illustrated by The Fan Brothers.
In The Darkest Dark we meet young Chris, who really wants to be an astronaut. There is only one problem, Chris is very scared of the dark! Learn how Chris overcomes his fears and begins to see the mystery and wonder of the dark.

The story is loosely based on Chris Hadfield's own experiences, and will appeal to adults and children alike. The drawings are charming and help tell the story, and the use of soothing colours and style of the illustrations would make this book ideal for bedtime. 

If you know someone who is scared of the dark I highly recommend that you read this book to them!
Copies of The Darkest Dark are available at all four branches of South Central, check it out today!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie

In this emotionally gripping novel by Beth Goobie, fourteen year old Maddie struggles to cope after being sexually assaulted by three boys from her high school. She keeps the attack a secret, and in an attempt to relieve her inner pain, turns to self injury and withdraws from life.

For the most part Maddie is able to avoid her attackers but that all changes the following school year when Maddie realizes that two of them are in her English class. As an assignment the class must put together a collaborative story where each student contributes a chapter, and as the story unfolds, Maddie finds herself relating with the young girl in the novel. 

At the same time rumors begin to spread about her and with her reputation on the line she must decide whether she will begin to talk about what really happened or remain a victim.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty

Leo is a mouse, but no ordinary mouse; he's a knight, with his very own sword and shield. Although Leo is a knight, he doesn't like to fight, he would much rather sit and read. His parents are determined to change all this by encouraging him to tame a dragon that is causing fear and chaos throughout the land. Reluctantly Leo leaves on his adventure but not without some special books.

Before Leo finds the dragon he encounters a griffin and a troll and instead of reaching for his sword and shield, he reaches for a book. When Leo comes face to face with the terrifying dragon, he knows just what to do. Not only does he get the dragon to clean up his mess in the town but Leo becomes the hero of all. You'll have to read the book to discover how Leo accomplishes this, but make sure you have a small child on your lap, this book will become a favourite that will be read over and over.

The Story Book Knight is a fun book written in rhyme and has been approved by the reader's 2 year old grand-daughter!