Archive for February, 2016

“Moletown”

February 23, 2016

Two years ago, author-illustrator, Torben Kuhlmann published his first book “Lindbergh-The Tale of a Flying Mouse.”  It is the fictional tale of a young German mouse who yearns to fly.  He reads everything he can on advances made in aviation, and eventually experiments with various air craft.  Eventually, he successfully flies to the United States, where news of his flight reaches a very young Charles Lindbergh.

Kuhlmann’s  second book “Moletown” is filled with full-page illustrations done in brown tones that follow the exploits of the moles who created Moletown.  This  almost wordless story explains what happens when one mole builds an underground home in a lush green field.  He is soon joined by many mole families.  The end result is that after many generations the green meadow disappears–almost.9780735842083_p0_v1_s118x184.jpg

This beautifully illustrated story will appeal to a varied audience.  The detailed drawings will enable the reader to create the narrative as they look at the pictures.  Younger readers will be detailed by the cute moles.  Older readers will be able to see how progress can totally alter the environment.

The Vegetarian

February 23, 2016

25489025-_uy400_ss400_Already a bestseller and adapted for film in the author’s home country, The Vegetarian is the U.S. debut of South Korean writer Han Kang. It tells the story of Yeong-hye in three parts, narrated by her husband, brother-in-law, and sister, respectively. An otherwise ordinary woman, Yeong-hye is prompted by a nightmare to become a vegetarian. Her commitment to an increasingly restrictive diet grows, while the rest of her life, and the lives of those around her, unravel. About much more than a change in eating habits, this short book packs a lot into its few pages. With a warning that some may find the content unsettling, I would suggest this poetically written, absorbing novel for readers of literary and psychological fiction who don’t mind a book that gets under your skin.

Come Back to Me

February 22, 2016

24885539._UY200_.jpgCome Back to Me by Mila Gray tells the dramatic forbidden love story between two teens: Kit and Jessa. Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend’s sister, Jessa – the one girl he can’t have. But Kit’s not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa’s falling for his irresistible charms. What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

Throughout the novel the couple seem to have all the odds stacked against them. From their families, to school, and their choices for their futures. But above all their story reminds us that your true love for someone never goes away. This book is emotional and passionate – a great love story.

(Note: Our Teen Volunteer Carlee wrote this review, and recommends it for any lovers of romance!)

100 Best Children’s Books of All Time

February 21, 2016

lead   According to Britain’s newspaper, The Telegraph, here is the top 100 list of picture and chapter books. As always, I  appreciate the inclusion of England’s authors. Click above to see the entire list which includes both classics and new titles.

Best U.K. YA and Children’s Blog sites

February 18, 2016

Friends hanging out at cafe England’s newspaper, The Guardian, has recommended the top 10 children’s book bloggers.

The Book Addicted Girl, I Want to Read That, Wonderous Reads, Overflowing Library, Bookette, Recovering Potter Addict, Death-Books-And Tea, and Demons Read, too are some of the top sites recommended. Including UK and US titles, the UK perspective is quirky and often candid.

If you’re looking to be the first to discover a new book or author that hasn’t yet arived across the pond, check out these links.


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