Monday, May 11, 2020

All good children's stories are the same: young creature breaks rules, has incredible adventure, then returns home with the knowledge that aforementioned rules are there for a reason.

Of course, the actual message to the careful reader is: break rules as often as you can, because who the hell doesn't want to have an adventure?

― Brian K. Vaughan, Saga, Vol. 3

Jim Gaffigan facing camera with arms crossed

Dad is Fat

Jim Gaffigan
Rated by
Helen H.
Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014

I read Dad is Fat for my book club and, as a group, we reached several conclusions.

- If you have children, Gaffigan is really funny.

- If you don’t have children, he’s just “meh."

- While reading the book is okay, listening to Gaffigan read his work is much better. If you can, choose the audio.

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014

This book is a combination of short stories of Niequist's life with a focus on difficulties having children. She is a woman of faith and relates her stories to spiritual lessons which she realized after each individual experience. Almost every chapter is tied to a specific dish which she cooked for a particular experience and she includes recipes at the end of the chapters. I thought that this book was interesting because it was an intimate portrait of a woman's struggle with being thankful for what she had while wanting a larger family.

Red background with a cartoon drawing of a frowning boy wearing a back pack

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney
Rated by
Becky C.
Saturday, Nov 16, 2013

Parents: if you’re looking for a few hours of uninterrupted time to yourself, check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney--for your kid. NoveList, an online database the Library subscribes to, is a great resource for books. It lists the minimum reading level for this book at 2nd grade and the maximum reading level at 8th grade. I’d agree that’s about right. If you’ve got a 7-year-old Human Reading Vacuum, a 14-year-old reluctant reader, or anyone in between, it’s a good bet they’ll become engrossed

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I didn’t expect to love the book Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood, by Anne Enright. The silly, cutesy title and cover photo inclined me to shrug my shoulders and hide what I was reading in public. And the first essay was a strange, confusing thing that I still haven’t untangled. Luckily, I didn’t start with the first essay. I st

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013

Catherynne M. Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a wonderful, magical fairy-tale fantasy that is aimed at children but doesn't talk down to them—and is written in a way that will appeal to adults, too.

Friday, Oct 12, 2012

Laurel’s life is going according to plan. She has come a long way from her trailer- trash beginnings in the hills of Alabama. Happily married with an adored 12-year-old daughter, she lives in a “perfect” gated Florida community. She hasn’t seen her uncle’s ghost since leaving Alabama and she has managed to shield her husband and daughter from a past she longs to forget. But her world begins to fall apart when she finds her daughter’s

ROOM by Emma Donohue

Rated by
Jane R.
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011

How would you learn to use stairs if you lived every day of your first five years in an 11' x11' room? What it would it be like to see a bird flying, or know what a blade of grass looks like? That's life for Jack. His Ma has been held captive in the room for seven years. She bore and raised Jack there, living off the frugal "generosity" of their captor.

Your Best Life Now for Moms

Joel Osteen
Rated by
Bre H.
Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011

This nifty book has colorful pictures, which are heartwarming and uplifting. The inspirational read is for mothers or anyone to enjoy. A great book to flip through when you are in line waiting or on break.

Gov Doc Kids Group Wiki

Rated by
Martha C.
Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010

Government information for children, parents, teachers, and librarians is readily available at the Gov Doc Kids Group Wiki ( This site is rich in internet government information resources especially designed for children. Also available are instructions for the annual Constitution Day Poster Contest