Posts tagged ‘Children’

Book Review: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

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By Mandy Webster

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. E. Lockhart. New York, NY: Hyperion, 2008.

E. Lockhart’s novel, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is the story of a voiceless Bunny Rabbit of a girl who quickly learns to speak for herself.

What really stands out for me in this book, from the very beginning, is the tone. In the earlier chapters especially, the novel takes on the tone of an official spy dossier read by the head of some top secret government agency. It’s this purposeful use of tone that really makes this novel the award winner it has become.

While I heard a very distinctive narrative voice from the very first pages of this novel, this strong narrative voice does not remain consistent throughout the entire work. At first, Frankie’s voice slips in only once or twice in each chapter, but becomes more prevalent as the story progresses. In the beginning of the book, Frankie is the voiceless Bunny Rabbit. This is why we do not hear her voice, but that of the narrator. However, Frankie’s own voice is heard more and more as her character gains the ability to speak for herself. Read more…


Discussion: Eulalie and the Hopping Head by David Small

Cover of "Eulalie and the Hopping Head"

Cover of Eulalie and the Hopping Head

By Mandy Webster

Eulalie and the Hopping Head. David Small. Macmillan, 2001.

I stumbled upon a description of David Small’s children’s book, Eulalie and the Hopping Head while researching the author for a book discussion on his graphic novel, Stitches. The description caught my attention, so I decided to check this one out from the library to read to my four year old.

My son loved Eulalie, and now, even several days after returning the book, he still talks about her.

On first reading, Avery was scared of Mrs. Shinn, the high-class fox who claims that all nine of her children are absolutely perfect. Personally, I still wonder about Mrs. Shinn, who apparently had seen the poor perfect child, owner of the hopping head, abandoned in the park several days prior and thought nothing of leaving the child there to fend for herself! Read more…

Book Review: It’s a Book! by Lane Smith

Cover of "It's a Book"

Cover of It's a Book

By Mandy Webster

It’s a Book! Lane Smith. Roaring Book Press.

After a mention by Kelly Rippa on Live with Regis and Kelly, Lane Smith’s children’s book entitled, It’s a Book! hit the NY Times Bestseller List and got stuck there.

This is a great read for those kids who have forgotten what a real book is all about in this digital age. I’m a bit of a bibliophile myself, so I love this book!

Sure, I love my technology, but I also love the feel of a real book in my hands. The turning of the pages, the  smell of the paper… No one can ever convince me that the book will become extinct, at least not in my lifetime. And, I hope my kids grow to love books as much as I do so humans can enjoy this Earthly, ethereal experience for generations to come. Read more…

Join the Young Reviewers Circle

Smart Pop is looking for young reviewers (age 8-12) to join the BenBella Books Young Reviewers Circle. The group is currently reviewing “The Sword of Darrow” by Alex and Hal Malchow. As a member of the Young Reviewers Circle, your child will receive:

  • A special, personalized pre-release edition of the magical new children’s book, The Sword of Darrow
  • An official BenBella Books Young Reviewers Circle membership certificate
  • A signed copy of “The Sword of Darrow” when it’s officially released next year.
  • Their name, actually printed in the book, recognizing them as a member of the BenBella Books Young Reviewers Circle.

Questions about the Young Reviewer Program?

Upcoming Events: Stories of Nature Halloween Adventure Hike

Join us for this year’s Halloween Hike, with the theme of “Stories of Nature.” Fitting with this theme will be a children’s book fair and a book reading from renowned local author, Lois Ehlert, who will be reading and signing books from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Exciting and educational nature hikes will run periodically throughout the evening, beginning at 4:00pm and running every 10 minutes through 7:00pm. Additional activities include a Pre-School Carnival, Crafts, Smores, and Live Raptors inside the building. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cost: Adults $8.00 Children $6.00

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

1111 E. Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee WI 53217