I'm always happy to read a new Walter Dean Myers book. The author has yet to disappoint me. His latest novel, "Darius and Twig" is stylistically familiar-- real, heartfelt and gritty, a bit less grit than usual. Also familiar is the thought I get when I read a Myers' story, the thought that reading this story could be so helpful and clarifying to some reader. I want to keep a spare copy in my purse or trunk so that I can whip it out when necessary and announce "Hello!! Please read this before you....
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I love this book by Adam Rex. It is hilarious, wonderful, quirky, and smart. And it has great illustrations and some very funny cartoon strips drawn by J.Lo the Boov. There are rumors of a movie in the works, so read this book now before the waiting list starts!
~ Book Ninja
P.S. If you like Adam Rex, read some more of his stuff here! It's all a bit different, but funny!
Friday, April 4, 2014
Although technically this book is considered "Adult Fiction", as many of Neil Gaiman's books go, the reading audience is much wider than the over 18 crowd. If you haven't read "Coraline" or even his picture book "Crazy Hair", run into the closest Children's section of a library as soon as you can! What makes him so enviably gifted I think is that you always hear the authentic voice of NG in whatever he has written. He doesn't change his language or alter his world view to accommodate young'uns, tweens, minors OR majors. While he can be many things, he is always recognizably himself, a rare talent indeed. In "The Ocean at the End of the Lane", Gaiman gives us a dark fantasy with all his usual elements--a bit of gore (there's this worm...),wry humor (the Hempstock women) , unexpected terror (near drowning by parents) and the built-in compulsion to read all night because you have no idea how it will end!