Thursday, July 12, 2012
On the bright side, you are most welcome to submit a guest review.
Monday, March 5, 2012
I enjoyed the story a lot, despite an occasional desire to kick Jon in the pants. It is funny in an ironic way... but less sweet-natured than Story of Butterfish. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a good romp with serious overtones and a hapless hero.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I loved Moon Over Soho. It seemed better paced and was less bloody than Rivers of London. The characters consolidated and we learned more about Nightingale, Molly and about Peter himself. There are laugh out-loud funny bits and moments of pure pathos (Nightingale carving ALL those names...) and Toby the terrier is in fine form. When I first read reviews of Rivers of London I asked friends if it was at all DWJ-esque. The answer was "No", but *I* think it is. Like DWJ BA flinches not from the probable consequences of character action, and also excels in showing humanity, non-humanity and hybrids. The narrator does a wonderful job of the audio book. I'm hanging out for Book 3
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Matt might be a kid, but he functions as a man in a man's world. His story is equally enjoyable for YA readers who like a hero with more guts and humour than angst, and for diehard Western fans who would like something just a little different. It's also fun for readers like me who don't generally look for westerns.
Recommended as a light enjoyable story for just about anyone over twelve.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Giraffe in the Bath, written by Mem Fox and Olivia Rawson, illustrated by Kerry Argent, and published by Penguin in 2010.
A Giraffe in the Bath was written by picture-book writing legend Mem Fox (Possum Magic, Where is the Green Sheep, Koala Lou) and a former student of hers at Flinders University, Olivia Rawson, with deliciously stunning illustrations by the amazing Kerry Argent of One Woolly Wombat.
Though "Giraffe" relies on mainly the illustrations (because the text is little) the words and actual written story of the book is so clever and humourously written that my five-year-old brother kept wanting me to read it out, and especially because of the rhyming and repetitiveness of the story. I would say that small children respond to the rhyming and hearing the same pattern over and over again.
I have always been a huge fan of Fox's and own 15 of her books, mostly from when I was younger, but also a few that I have bought recently for younger siblings. She is the Queen of Words, in my opinion, and definitely the MOST brilliant and talented picture-book writer I have ever come across. And I've read a lot of picture-books. Her astounding ability to draw children into her magical books, with her amazing talents of rhythm, repetitiveness, and just, in general, fascinating stories, is a Magical Wonder. And I am sure Australia is proud to say, "We own Mem Fox. We're her home country". I sure am.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
For those who don’t know me, I am a fan of horror and its likes, my favorite being the psychological horrors. The ones that dig deep in your head and nest for a while, always leaving you questioning your own sanity. With that said, for someone like me to pick up a book such as Ghostly Ménage by Alysha Ellis, you would probably think it’s because the word “ghost” appears in the title. You would be partially right. I will say I picked the book up without any preconceived ideas of what story I would be reading and there is no doubt in my mind I am truly happy that I read Alysha’s tale. First let me dispense with the background of the story so I can get to what really turned the gears in my head as I read page after page after page. Quick and dirty: Kelsie, under those circumstances we find ourselves in from time to time, is required to stay with her aunt for a couple of days. Maud, Kelsie’s aunt, believes the house she resides in is plagued with a poltergeist and contracts the services of an exorcist to rid the entity from her home. Her aunt will not stay in a house by herself with a man present and thus Kelsie arrives to hang around until after the exorcism for her aunt’s benefit. Staying with her aunt, Kelsie learns ghosts are real and…real fun to have around. When I said I read page after page, I spoke lightly. I devoured Alysha’s tale and am extremely excited to read her next book, “Giving Up the Ghosts,” which awaits me on my phone for when I take my breaks at work. Alysha’s use of dialogue brought the characters from the page and turned them into living, breathing people. I’ve known people like Kelsie’s aunt Maud and could feel Kelsie’s irritation at her aunt’s opinion of her. The imagery and sensations Alysha inspires in her prose made me feel as if I was in the room as the events unfolded. To say the least, I could not put it down because I had to know what would happen next. Is it a malevolent poltergeist or a playful ghost? Could Kelsie be in danger or was it all in good fun? Alysha kept me reading so I could find the answers and satisfy my own distorted curiosity. All in all, I can’t wait to partake in Kelsie’s next adventure and am looking forward to more works by Alysha. Kudos to you Alysha and may the words continue to flow on the page for your future works.