Monday, March 30, 2009

April Fools

and May Fools, and June Fools ...

I HATE practical jokes!! But, for those of you who enjoy them, here's a book with some harmless ideas for pranks:
Funny Business : Clowning Around, Practical Jokes, Cool Comedy, Cartooning, and More by Helaine Becker

If you're looking for something with a bit more substance, try The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. It's about a teen who infiltrates and shakes up "The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds," an all male secret society who claims her boyfriend as a member. The book has received much critical acclaim. It was a National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalist and received the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award. But don't let that scare you away. It's a good read, and that's no joke!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Read the Book--See the Movie

We have lots of DVDs based on books. It's always fun to read the book and compare it to the movie. Here's a sampling:

Because of Winn Dixie
Ella Enchanted
The Golden Compass
I am the Cheese
The Mighty
Tuck Everlasting
A Wrinkle in Time
Not to mention the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies
And the BIG ONE: Twilight, on the shelf soon!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy St. Patty's Day!

To help you celebrate St. Patrick's day, how about reading a book about Ireland or by an Irish author? Here are some favorites:

Airman by Eoin Colfer
Black Potatoes : the Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.
Hush : an Irish Princess' Tale by Donna Jo Napoli
The New Policeman by Kate Thompson
Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff
Over the Water by Maude Casey
The Pirate Queen by Emily Arnold McCully

So, pick a book Agus cuid eile an lae dhuit fein. (That is, "And the rest of the day to yourself.")