Posts tagged ‘Children’s literature’

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…

Graphic Novels

Cover of "Stitches: A Memoir"

Cover of Stitches: A Memoir

By Mandy Webster

I’m about to read my first graphic novel. *gasp*

I’ve never been a fan of comic books, so I’ve never had any interest in reading a graphic novel. But, my son is crazy for comics and has read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series cover to cover, over and over. I’ve been on the lookout for something a bit more advanced for him, but knowing nothing about the genre, I’ve been at a loss as to what to get.

So, when someone recommended David Small‘s “Stitches,” I thought I’d give it a try. The only thing is, I’m not completely sure it’s age appropriate, so I’m going to have to read it myself first to make sure there’s not anything ‘too’ mature for him.

I’m a writer, so naturally, I am against censorship. I believe it’s best to let your kids read controversial subjects and then talk about them. Read more…

Angel and Macken to hold book signing at Mount Mary College

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Authors, Ann Angel (“Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing,” “Such a Pretty Face: Short Stories About Beauty“) and JoAnn Early Macken (“Waiting out the Storm,” “Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move“) are scheduled for a book signing at the Mount Mary College bookstore Dec. 6 at 1:00 p.m.

Angel and Macken both teach in the graduate professional writing program at Mount Mary College.

The Mount Mary bookstore is located at 2929 N. 92nd St. Milwaukee, WI 53222

For more information, contact Timothy S. Sternke, Textbook Manager at the Mount Mary College Bookstore  414-258-4810 x272

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: Annual Halloween Spooktacular

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Check out the annual Halloween Spooktacular at Borders.

For kids ages 3 to 8. Activities include reading scary stories, playing spooky games and doing a creepy craft. Costumes are encouraged!


Greendale Borders
5250 S 76th Street
Greendale, WI 53129
Fox Point Borders
8705 N. Port Washington
Milwaukee, WI 53217