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Review: Althea & Oliver
Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:00 AM

Althea & Oliver: A Novel by Cristina Moracho. New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2014. ISBN 9780670785391.


As children, new friends Althea and Oliver spent their first evening together playing Candy Land. Ten inseparable years later, having cycled through board games, card games, and games of their own inventions, they have become the kind of best friends who are often mistaken for twins. After an evening of Non-Stop Party Wagon, Oliver’s game of saying ‘yes’ to everything new that presents itself, they find themselves in unfamiliar romantic territory. Althea grows increasingly aware of her romantic love for Oliver just as he develops a sudden sleeping disorder, the first bout of which causes him to sleep for three straight weeks. Oliver’s diagnosis of Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a rare but real affliction, pulls him away from Althea as he is repeatedly drawn into long periods of slumber followed by a departure of his usual character and mood. Struggling with Oliver’s absence at the height of her attraction to him, Althea makes a bad, unalterable choice, and the ramifications separate them further.

Review: President Taft is Stuck in the Bath
Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:00 AM

President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Barnett, Mac. illus. by Chris Van Dusen. Candlewick Press. 2014. ISBN: 9780763663179.


It can be rare for children to get a comedic look at one of our nation’s presidents. Twenty-seventh president, William Howard Taft was a large man and though no definitive proof exists that he got stuck in a tub, Barnett and Van Dusen make the most of this historical rumor. When First Lady Nellie Taft comes in to find her husband stuck in the tub she helps him summon his office heads. The Vice President, the Secretaries of state, agriculture, war, navy, treasury, and interior all have suggestions for ways to get him out. They suggest everything from butter to money to dynamite! Nellie suggests that they all pull together (including the dog!) with hilarious results. Never fear! Water and strategically drawn bubbles keep everything covered!

Review: The Pout-Pout Fish
Thursday, June 04, 2015 10:00 AM

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. Pictures by Dan Hanna. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008. 0-374-36098-7.


The Pout-Pout fish is a very unhappy fish, because he believes that he can only frown and bring gloom to everyone around him. As he swims around the ocean many creatures try to give him the advice to smile and be happy. However, the Pout-Pout fish keeps saying that he is the way he is, and that’s never going to change. Then, the Pout-Pout fish sees a beautiful fish he has never seen before. Surprisingly, she swims right up to the Pout-Pout fish and kisses him! As she swims away he tells all his friends that he was wrong! He ISN’T a Pout-Pout fish, he is a Kiss-Kiss fish, and he is going to spread cheer all around.

Review: Ms. Marvel
Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:00 AM

Ms. Marvel [1], No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona ( Miss Marvel (Marvel Now!), 1). New York, NY: Marvel Worldwide, Inc, a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, 2014. 9780785190219.


Kamala Khan is a normal teenage girl who dreams of being a superhero, working with the Avengers. When she goes to a party an unexpected fog rolls in and she finds herself talking to Captain Marvel, who gifts her with extraordinary gifts. Soon Kamala realizes that being a superhero with superpowers is not as easy as she always dreamed. Kamala has to learn to balance her personal life with her new identity, all while saving friends from a villain who is moving in on New York.

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