Monthly Archives: May 2011
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a really cute book and a great view into the lives of twins. I read this for my tween book group and I think the kids will really like it. Clements sets up a great premise with the similar names, combined school folders, and the fact that the only people who really can tell the twins apart….are the twins themselves. I felt bad for them though, because I felt like the parents should know their boys better, but I suppose the story wouldn’t work as well that way. I am sure most parents can tell their twins apart, though if they are used to each one wearing a different color, as the boys in this story do, then I guess it would be easy to pull a switch on parents taking that difference for granted. It’s a good lesson for kids about lying and how those lies can snowball until there is no turning back. But I also found it interesting that the boys knew they would be in trouble, but wanted so badly to see what it was like to be only one person, instead of one of a pair, that they did it anyways. And of course the reason they lied in the first place is the very thing that gets them out of major trouble in the end. I would have liked to see a bit more about the parents trying harder, but I also liked the simple ending, which is really more of a new beginning for the boys. And really it’s about the boys accepting who they are and moving on from there.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
OK, I liked this book a lot, but I think that Burned was much better. For some reason, I didn’t feel like I could identify with Kristina/Bree as much as I have with other characters, but I have also never had a crank addiction either. Kristina/Bree’s downhill spiral was heartbreaking to read about and while I didn’t feel as connected to this book as I did with Burned, I do think that the characters were very real and I kind of liked how it wasn’t exactly a big lesson-learned ending with everyone being OK. It was dramatic, but not over-done.
This is awesome. And yes, this is how librarians actually feel. Also, I am in love with Parker Posey.
That’s right people…..I’m havin’ a MORP! This is what I wrote on the Teen Page of my Library’s website.
MORP – it’s PROM spelled Backwards!
With LIVE MUSIC by:
Hate Prom? This is for you. Love Prom? This is for you! Dress fancy, or not. Wear a costume. Cosplay. Whatever.
Come by yourself, with friends, or with your significant other. This is about being yourself and having fun.
When: Friday, June 3rd @ 5:30-9:00 pm
Where: The library
Who: Must be a High School Student
How: Stop by the Library to pick up your free tickets!
Plus: Free Raffle for sweet prizes! Food! Great Music! etc.
The Fine Print……..
1. Clothes are required. As are shoes. No stinky feet.
2. If you act like a jerk, you will be asked to leave.
3. Dates must be live human beings.
4. Illegal substances will be flushed and you will be arrested.
5. Stupidity is strictly prohibited.
>Yesterday I got a call from a teacher at the elementary school. She called to let me know that she was starting her annual Caldecott Challenge (which involves getting her students to read as many Caldecott winning books as possible.) She also asked, a little hesitantly, if we had any books about families with 2 moms. I said we definitely did, because I feel that it’s really important to have them in the collection.
The classic banned book Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman; Mommy, Momma and Me, also by Newman, but in board book form; and my new favorite, In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco.
I didn’t bother to check the catalog to see if the books were in – I knew they would be. When the teacher stopped by, she thanked me and told me that earlier that day, a little girl had been teased because she has two moms. That made me so angry and so sad. But I was also happy that we had these books in our collection. Right then and there, I felt like what I do really matters. And I knew that it was because of me that we had these books, which seems vain, but it made me feel good. If I can help one little girl by having books like these available in the children’s room, then it is worth every complaint.
I don’t know what the teacher intended to do with the books. Whether she was planning to read them to her class or what. That would be great, but could be bad for her if someone ever complained. I hope she does though.
The following summary is from Patricia Polacco’s website:
In Our Mother’s House: The Story
Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don’t accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema’s house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn’t mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.