The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

A few weeks ago I reviewed Don’t Play With Your Food by Bob Shea.  Shortly after we checked that book out, Ella picked another Bob Shea book from the library, and I’m pleased to say it was another winner. The Totally Secret Secret stars Ballet Cat and her friend Sparkle Pony.  They are trying to…

American Cake by Anne Byrn

Many years ago, my family discovered The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn.  Our lives would never be the same.  Every cake we made came from that book.  I was given a copy as a wedding present, and every birthday we pull it out and allow the lucky birthday girl (or boy) to select a…

Don’t Play With Your Food by Bob Shea

Ella passed me this picture book book at the breakfast table one day and said, “This is a really great book, Mom.  Read it.”  I did.  And I loved it! Buddy the monster runs around like, well, a monster, telling everything to get out of his way.  Then he comes upon a group of bunnies….

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

In conjunction with Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary last year, Hogarth Press has been publishing Shakespeare retellings by prominent authors: Jeanette Winterson retells The Winter’s Tale, Howard Jacobson takes on The Merchant of Venice, Anne Tyler spins a tale on The Taming of the Shrew, etc. Margaret Atwood’s contribution to the project a few months ago was…

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Ellie is 11 years old, lives with her mom (who teaches high school drama), and doesn’t welcome change.  One day her grandfather, Melvin, shows up, transformed into a teenager by his discovery of the fountain of youth: he used a rare jellyfish to sort out the mechanism for reversing senescence through cellular regeneration.  (Science.  Better…

10 Romances That Won’t Make You Blush

I like to think I read a lot of books, and I like to think I read a wide variety of books.  I enjoy non-fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, how-to, memoirs, YA fiction, children’s literature.  Part of the reason I love book clubs so much is they give me books to read that I would…

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I think if I’d read Walk Two Moons when I was 13–the same age as the main character–it would have joined the ranks of all the books I wanted to smash against the wall through the years: Where the Red Fern Grows, that one b-list book my friend in 2nd grade gave me about a…

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

This book randomly appeared at our house one day.  After a little sleuthing, we learned my father-in-law had sent it, saying everyone should read this book.  So I put it in my book pile.  Then Clark read it, and told me that I should really read this book, that I would really like it.  So…