I did not read Ghost Squad when I was young, as it did not yet exist! This is a 2020 release, and I feel that I would have liked it very much when I in third/fourth grade. There’s magic, monsters, hijinks, and plenty of cat-content that would have kept me giddy throughout. I worried at first that this tale might be “heavy” for a middle-grade reader; it starts with some genuine adult anxieties and perils. We open with the financial woes of Lucely’s father- the bank is […]
I picked up this classic children’s book because I had a vague memory of reading something similar as a kid – some girl who had discovered a secret garden (which I now believe was Mandy by Julie Andrews) – and loving it. I wanted to find that book again and re-read it to see if it held up. This was not the right book, but I did enjoy it nonetheless. Probably because I’ve always found nature to be full of wonder. Most likely, it is […]
I first read Judy Blume’s childhood classic Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing back in third grade when my mom volunteered at the Scholastic Book Fair and picked up a Judy Blume boxed set for me at the recommendation of the school librarian. The set included Tales, Superfudge, Blubber,* and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Upon reflection, it was kind of a peculiar combination of books – two mostly comic, if a tad bittersweet, takes on growing up with a younger sibling that […]
My retired librarian mother and I are alike in many ways; but one of the big differences between us* is that I’m a big proponent of rereading books, and she never rereads ANY THING. She says there are too many books that she hasn’t read to spend time on rereading. Personally, as much as I do like going back to books, I usually only reread books I enjoyed like A Wrinkle in Time, The Stopping Place and The Owl and the Pussycat.
Another stunning entry into the Acorn Wood Library with Cat’s Cookbook. This was pre-ordered based on the fun we had with Rabbits Nap, and I have to say we were not disappointed. It would appear to be a family trait that we a) struggle to read the cover and acknowledge the “Lift the flap” notice, and then b) swear in front of a small child when we get to said flaps. In my dads defence, these things are incredibly stiff in new books and I’m […]