Jess enjoys a wide range of books from children's literature to books on space travel. When she's not out doing storytimes or looking for a new science project to make for kids, she enjoys escaping into a good adventure story. She always has a few books she's reading at the same time, and loves to share her favorites with others.
This book was the perfect way to get out of summer and into fall monster stories. I think what I enjoyed most was that the monsters in this series were actually scary. And let’s not forget that lovely little song about them that children like to sing which was the perfect touch of creepy to make you shiver. August, the type of monster feared the most, and Kate, the girl who could stare down a grizzly, were the perfect duo in this sort of dystopian monster story. In this world monsters are paid off to play nice, or so they were until bodies start showing up and someone new is calling the shots.
This the the fantasy story I’ve been waiting for. It’s so different than anything out there right now and if the writing doesn’t blow you away, the Indian mythology, secret pasts, and magic worlds will. Cursed with a horoscope of death, Maya is alone and feared in her own home. Her world changes when she meets Amar and is taken to the Otherworld where she learns her destiny and finds there's more to her curse than she thought.
You should totally touch this book if you’re looking for a fun book to read out loud. Join our narrator Larry in this fun adventure that you can help him create! Make a rainbow with your fingers, become a robot, and roar with dinosaurs!
How do you describe to a kid what being normal is? In this funny and beautiful book, you will meet Norman--the perfectly normal gorilla who is anything but that according to our young narrator's description of a gorilla. This book shows kids how to be themselves and that you should embrace your uniqueness.
This book was a hoot! In all seriousness, if the artwork doesn’t grab you the story will. Big brother Hoot tries teaching his young sister Peep all she needs to know about being an owl, but Peep just won't listen. Hoot soon learns sometimes when you think you know everything you can always learn a different tune.
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If you're looking for an exciting new historical or paranormal mystery, then this is for you! Lady Helen is getting ready to debut into society when her friend goes missing. Helen is then drawn into the shadows of Regency London. Alison Goodman’s new heroine is clever, independent and just the right hero for this action adventure set in Victorian London. Goodman did not disappoint with this mix of magic, mayhem and murder.
How do you wrap up an epic fairy tale with mutant creatures, an evil queen, plagues, and impossible odds? Add more of course! Marissa Meyer gives us the ending to the crazy, plot twisting Lunar Chronicles with this series that had me hooked from the start with Cinder. As sad as I am to see the end of some of my favorite story characters, I was really happy with how it all came together. It’s so easy to get lost in the world of the Lunar Chronicles. If you haven't read Cinder, Scarlet or Cress, I suggest you go grab them immediately because you’re not going to want to put them down in this fast-paced new version of stories you thought you knew.
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Mindy Kaling’s new book is so hilarious! I liked her first book a lot but I think this one is even better. She is so fun to read, it's like having your favorite friend telling you a great story all the time. Why Not Me is must if you’ve watched her show or you’re just looking for a good laugh. I really loved reading her fake TV show script she wrote at the end; you can tell she has a passion for comedy.
This book was hilarious, which is how I like most of my kids books. When Magnolia brings the most exciting thing she can think of for show and tell, she ends up getting more than she asked for. Magnolia can't just bring in sticks or shiny rocks to class, she wants to bring in an alligator, because what could be better than that? Pretty soon though, she starts to find out why no one else would want to bring one in. If you’re looking for that book that is fun to read out loud, this is it.
Nimona isn’t your average sidekick, and Lord Blackheart -- the villain in the kingdom -- learns that quickly when he takes her under his wing. She’s impulsive, reckless, and oh yeah she can shapeshift into whatever she wants. I love Nimona’s chaotic and mischievous attitude when it comes to making plans and also her love of Lord Blackheart, who as it turns out isn’t such a bad guy after all. Stevenson’s writing is funny and original and the story had me gripped to the next page. It’s a must for anyone who loves dragons, science, and comedy.
What would it be like if you could control crowds of people, become unmemorable, or make electronics go crazy. The characters in this book have powers, but not necessarily the greatest powers. This is a team of heroes who not only need to learn how to use their gifts but work together to survive. I loved that the heroes in this book are so relatable but strange at the same time. In the beginning our heroes don't even like each other and it's fun to see how they evolve and become the team they're supposed to be.
Looking for a fast paced adventure with magic, impossible odds, and group of outcast who never thought they’d be the good guys? If you’ve read her other novels, you will love this new story by Leigh Bardugo set after the Grisha Trilogy. Six of Crows follows the story of six people who don’t seem like your typical heroes; a master thief, a spy, a sharp shooter, a runaway, a heartrender, and a convict. Together this crew goes to pull off one of the biggest heists anyone has ever tried and they might just end up saving the world while they’re at it. By the end you will be dying for the sequel like I am!
This comic series is great for those wanting to get into the superhero comic world, but don’t know where to start. With all the superhero shows and movies out now it's kind of overwhelming to get into. I really wanted to start from the beginning, but most of these story-lines have been going on since before I was born, so when I found the New 52 by DC Comics I was really excited. DC Comics went and redid all their stories and made them fit a modern audience. The beginning of the Justice League is my favorite so far of the New 52 series; it’s fast paced, beautifully drawn, and exciting from beginning to end.
This book was an amazing find for me. It came into my hands when a customer came looking for it at the store, and well, the rest is history. The story is like a tale of Robin Hood and his merry men, but with more focus on stealing and not so much giving back to anyone. They are a cheery bunch of crazy men making their way in a place of gangs, thieves, and pirates. You follow the story of Locke Lamora, the most charismatic and sneaky of the bunch. He leads his men into the biggest heist of all, the treasure of a lord. They have planned and perfected how they would trick this man into giving away his fortune, but just when it seems they are about to be set for life, a stranger named the Gray King appears and he’s out killing thieves and gangs of the city, and now Locke is in for more trouble than he planned.
This graphic novel about growing up deaf in the 1970s was a surprise winner for me. I didn’t think this would be as good as it was. I ended up loving the main character, and the bunny ears on everyone was a wonderful touch to the overall theme. Her voice in this book is so relatable -- it’s a must read for anyone.
This beautifully drawn and clever story has a little of everything. Mr. Squirrel and his animal friends are all so adorable and funny. This story had me actually laughing out loud. Mr. Squirrel throughout the story is jumping to conclusions and picturing the worst thing possible if he doesn't get the moon back to where it belongs. It’s a perfect bedtime/anytime story.
With each of Jonathan Howard’s books I can’t help but love the curmudgeon necromancer Johannes Cabal more, even though Mr. Cabal would probably hate me for saying that. In his latest book Howard has readers follow Johannes’s brother Horst Cabal on an adventure that would could be described as a mix of steampunk airplane chases and deadly necromancer battles. Horst finds himself mixed up in a world filled with shapeshifters, secret societies, and zombies and there’s only one person he knows who can help him in this crazy supernatural problem solving adventure, Johannes Cabal. This series is a must for those like twisted humor and good ol’ sibling rivalry.
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This story is so beautiful, the characters are very moving and its great to see in a few pages how much things change for two very unsuspecting people to become friends. I loved the muted color scheme that really brings out the little colorful clown of the story. A simple tale that proves you don’t need words to tell a story.
I think everyone needs to read this book. It is so heartwarming and cute it will definitely having you smiling the whole way through or at least wanting to go hug someone.
This book has quite the appetite! Its a funny story where the reader has to help a young girl get her dog and a lot of other things that seem to have disappeared into the middle of the book. I loved the interactiveness of the story and the clever way the author gets everyone involved.
Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Paperback)
Dr. Mutter was one of the most celebrated surgeons of his time. His story was lost in history until now with this detailed and amazing book about a man in the pre Civil War times who fell in love with helping people and teaching others the science of surgery. I really enjoyed this book for many reasons and I think the best part was learning about how the medical profession at the time viewed things we take for granted now like anesthesia, germs and the importance of bedside manner. Through Dr. Mutter's life story we learn about the start of plastic surgery and his journey with helping people who felt like monsters. I love a good non-fiction story like this that reads like fiction and it gave me a great appreciation for where modern medicine has come from.