Category: Survival

Fairies: Indi Review

One emotion at a time. Here are our indi reviews.

Adrienne – Slate’s doubleX Podcast on the Panoply Network (warning this podcast is intended for mature audiences)

Karl – “House of Leaves: A Novel” by Mark Z. Danielewski

Kelly – author Nnedi Okorafor. Books mentioned during the podast: “Akata Witch,” “Zahrah the Windseeker,” “Shadow Speaker,” “Kabu Kabu,” “Who Fears Death,” and “Lagoon.” Visit Okorafor’s website for more of her books with annotations.

 

Lucky Ducklings: A True Rescue Story by Eva Moore and Nancy Carpenter

Lucky Ducklings

“Lucky Ducklings: A True Rescue Story” by Eva Moore and Nancy Carpenter

A written review by Adrienne

On a small island, in a small town, in a small park on a small pond lives Mama Duck, and her ducklings: Pippin, Bippin, Tippin, Dippin and Little Joe. One day Mama Duck decides to go for a walk but not in the park but into the town. As she leads the way her baby ducklings follow behind.

As Mama Duck walks she crosses a storm drain. As the ducklings follow her one-by-one they fall down the drain into the water below. It is the families quack cries that alert the town. The fireman try to open the grate but to no avail. Can Perry, a man with a truck and a cable line help?

There is brief tension built on whether the ducks will make it out of the storm drain and be reunited with Mama. For parents this is wonderful opportunity to talk about the ducks and how help can be found. Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink

A written review by Adrienne

So, you know Katniss (Hunger Games) and Katsa (Graceling)? Yeah, they’re wimps. Lily-livered, tea-drinking, wimps. Meet Lynn. All her life she’s only known three things: defend the pond and home, collect and save water and find food. Living with her mother as her only constant companion, Lynn’s life had routine and that was to survive and fight for what was hers. Lynn world changes after a mishap and she is forced outside her comfort zone and learns about friendship and being able to rely on others.

What I liked about this was Lynn character learns and evolves through the story. She’s still tough and able to not only make the hard decisions but carry them out. She’s one tough cookie. Recommended for High School and up.

It’s A Tiger by David LaRochelle

tiger

A written review by Cathie Sue

It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

“Are you ready for a story?” queries the boy in the opening pages of It’s a Tiger. Sounds a little like a bedtime story but you may get unexpected results if you save this one for a quiet night. Instead read this lively and energetic picture book aloud to early elementary kids who will easily spot a piece of the tiger on each double page spread. As the story takes us from jungle to cave and from meadow to ocean we see the boy is never quite in peril but still cuts it very close. Not trying to spoil the end but a tummy rub goes a long way to soothe frightened children and tigers!

Tulsa City County Library System: http://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2789871063_its_a_tiger

WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/760532778

 

 

2013 Morris Award Winner & Finalists

“Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
“Love and Other Perishable Items” by Laura Buzo
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth
“After the Snow” by S. D. Crockett
“Wonder Show” by Hannah Barnaby

Safekeeping

Safekeeping

“Safekeeping” by Karen Hesse

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne

Upcoming books:
“Out of the Easy” by Ruta Sepetys

2013 Morris Winner and Finalists

  • “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
  • “Love and Other Perishable Items” by Laura Buzo
  • “Wonder Show” by Hannah Barnaby
  • “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth
  • “After the Snow” by S. D. Crockett

 

Ashes

“Ashes” by Ilsa J. Bick

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne

Upcoming books:

6 folktale picture books
“Nabeel’s New Pants” by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
“The Matatu” by Eric Walters
“The Boy From Dragon Palace” by Margaret Read MacDonald
“The Greedy Sparrow” by Lucine Kasbarian
“The Flying Canoe” by Eric Kimmel
“Little Sister and the Month Brothers” by Beatrice Schenk de Reginers

6 or 7 biography picture books
“Chuck Close: Face Book” by Chuck Close
“Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World” by Tracy Fern
“A Boy called Dickens” by Deborah Hopkinson
“Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child” by Susanna Reich
“The Watcher: Jane Goodalls Life with the Chimps” by Jeanette Winter
“Me ….Jane” by Patrick McDonnell
“Noah Webster and His Words” by Jeri Ferris

Fall 2012: 6 Picture Books

“Poopendous” by Artie Bennett, illus by Mike Moran (Thank you to Artie Bennet for sending review copy)
“Oh, Nuts!” by Tammi Sauer (we could not get a copy in time, substituted with “Go, Go, Grapes” by April Pulley Sayre
“Let’s Go, Baby-O!” by Janet and Andrew McLean
“Happy” by Mies Van Hout
“Oh No, George!” by Chris Haughton
“What To Do If An Elephant Stands On Your Foot” by Michelle Robinson, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue
Emily
Jenny
Karl
Adrienne

Upcoming books:
“Ashes” by Ilsa Bick
“The Hero’s Guide to Saving your Kingdom” by Christopher Healy