Louis Undercover

Louis UndercoverLouis Undercover by Fanny Britt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exquisite illustrations and text.

A definition of young love from Louis: “a rock shattering your heart, as painful as it life-giving, and that even as it makes you want to bolt, it keeps you glued to the spot.” (p. 58)

Louis worries about being brave. He is brave.
Louis believes that love “ends badly.” He is far too young to think that, except this is what he knows.

This graphic novel is heart-wrenching and yet Louis somehow gives us hope.


Surprise Me

Surprise MeSurprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surprisingly good read from Sophie Kinsella with humor and serious marriage/life depth.
Sylvie has a good idea once she and Dan realize they will likely be together as a married couple for 68 more years – yikes! They decide to surprise each other, often, and – SURPRISE! – it doesn’t work as well as they hope!
Several laugh-out-loud sections/passages that I tried to share with my husband. Sometimes I was laughing too much to read the words. 🙂
A family crisis arises, a serious one, and Sylvie thinks it’s the worst that could affect a marriage. Not her fault that she jumped to a conclusion. She did ask Dan questions!
Favorite quote: page 376 Love. Forever. Please.

Here We Are

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet EarthHere We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Written for Harland, his newborn son, author Jeffers attempts to explain our world and all it encompasses – simply, with love, a little humor and entertaining illustrations.

My observations:
Descriptions of the land: bumpy, pointy, hot, wet. Lol.
Look after your body since most of it doesn’t “grow back.”
I love the double page spreads with the many people and the many animals. 🙂
The man lying on the picnic blanket looks a lot like Flat Stanley.
The reminders about how fast time goes, that Harland will figure things out, to be kind.

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American HistoryUnbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Engaging nonfiction writing from MSNBC journalist Katy Tur keeps readers’ interest despite the ending. It’s like we’re there again – re-living Trump’s campaign, except we are with Katy and up close and personal with the press who cover everything.
P. 244 I always knew it was bad at the rallies. The crudeness. But these pages give us a blunt picture.
Chants like “Drop dead, media!”
T-shirts “She’s a cunt, Vote Trump” A guy who’s with his wife and three kids is wearing this t-shirt. SMH
Last chapter. I don’t like the ending. Can you rewrite it, Katy, please?



DogkuDogku by Andrew Clements

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am in love with this short book – a picture book/poetry/story written in haiku! The illustrations help tell the story.

A dog comes to the backdoor of a family’s home right around bedtime, wondering what will happen. Will the lady with the kind eyes shut the door?

Mooch causes some trouble on that first day while in the house alone – will this loving family keep him?

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful book and beautiful story.
From the Author’s Note:
There are always those who resist being silenced,
who will crow out their truth,
without regard to consequence.
Foolhardy or wise, they are the ones
who give us the courage to sing.
–Carmen Agra Deedy
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet


SitSit by Deborah Ellis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book of powerful, profound, penetrating stories.
Kids don’t often have the opportunity to make decisions and choices for themselves. They aren’t adults, obviously, they don’t live alone, don’t have their own money and usually are lacking the maturity to make good decisions.
Not so in Deborah Ellis’s Sit.
1. Jafar is a youngster working in a sweat shop, wood working facility, where he takes the opportunity to carve a poem on the bottom of a chair. He feels like he is free.
2. Macie is a seven year old with a baby-ish time-out chair. Her mother has no clue about how to not make Macie feel humiliated in front of guests. Macie takes a small, but important and defiant-yikes!-step for her own well-being.
3. On a field trip to a concentration camp, Gretchen realizes that her family is German and begins to question how they might have handled their place in WWII. Good or bad? And how about now? She decides to ask questions.
4. Divorce announcement in a food court.
5. A school shooting in an Amish community, handled with dignity and grace.
6. A girl needs a day off from school – and probably a day off from home. She sees a pre-schooler about to do something that might get him in trouble. She decides to intervene, is too late and is surprised to tears when his mom is delighted.
7. Animal rescuer in post-earthquake/radiation Japan.
8. Positive forward-thinking in a hell-hole of a jail. (I don’t think I understand this one.)
9. Eight months trapped in a tiny apartment with other families after being smuggled out of Afghanistan – finally freedom when Noosala is brave enough to look out the window.
10. What divorce and parents fights do to children – a wise woman at the Family Center helps a brother and sister hold on to what they love to do.
11. The end goes back to the beginning. Jafar takes us through his city…to his school – a school for working children (should there be such a thing in this world!???) where his teacher is talking to his class about poetry. 🙂