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LRBC01-A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever


written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
published by Harcourt, 2008
40 pages/picture book

This book has already been recognized by the Horn Book/Boston Globe Book Awards as an excellent title in the picture book category. (It’s an honor book.)

The two people chatting about this book are Roxanne and Lily Feldman.

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Duck at the Door

Author: Jackie Urbanovic (also the illustrator)
Rating:
Reading Level: pre-k to 2nd


Publisher: HarperCollins
Edition: Hardcover, 2007

This is an absolute WINNER! The text is sparing and just right to convey the situations from page to page — I enjoyed the individual thoughts from the animals mixed in with the straightforward text.

Each animal in the house is distinctly designed and incredibly adorable/attractive/expressive. Their body language speaks volumes!

The surprising second-to-last spread made me *GASP* with horrified delight.

This whole package just WORKS!

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Lily Reads: Funny Frank

Author: Dick King Smith
Rating:
Reading Level: 1st and 2nd

fairrosa: So, how would you describe this book?
Lily: I would describe this book as funny, sarcastic, and cute.
fairrosa: Anything else you’d like to share?
Lily: Yep. I liked it because it was full of ideas that were cool.

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Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies)

Author: Justina Chen Headley
Rating:
Reading Level: 7th-9th

Pages: 256
Publisher: Little, Brown
Edition: Hardcover, 2006

I had to try twice to finish this book. During the first attempt, I got SO annoyed by the piled-on, not-always-so-clever, made-me-cringe similies and metaphors (dried shitake mushroom of a heart?) that I simply had to put it down. I couldn’t believe that the author was getting away with such a case of over-writing syndrome.

However, since I had to read it for the Asian Pacific American Award of Literature, I braced myself to continue reading. Gradually, I accepted that this habit of overusing figures of speech belongs not to the author but to the narrator, who is both an over-achiever and someone who does not recognize her own strengths. Lots of humor and cultural references (although they can be somewhat stereotypical) – both realistic and with quite a bit of exaggeration make the book eventually an entertaining read, albeit a bit of a mess in plot twists and tangents. But, hey, a half-half Taiwanese-White American girl whose father went absentee when she was just a tot, whose mother is pushy and demanding, whose brother just got into Harvard, and whose first love turns out to bit quite a jerk, is nothing short of a messy situation.

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You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah

Author: Fiona Rosenbloom
Rating:
Reading Level: 6th – 8th

Pages: 190
Publisher: Hyperion
Edition: Hardcover, 2005

It’s a fun and quick read. Stacy Friedman’s voice is lively and funny. The story, although utterly unbelievable, is actually charming at moments. However, it is highly predictable and sugar-sweet: everything works out in the end so do not worry about having to feel sorry for anyone.

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The Chocolate Touch

Author: Patrick Caitling
Rating:
Reading Level: 1st – 3rd

Pages:
Publisher:
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Lily and I took turns reading aloud to each other and had a blast. This is definitely a “messegey” book: don’t eat too much junk food! but it works well as a highly entertaining and imaginative story. I read it a long time ago and this time around, I still enjoyed it.

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Be A Perfect Person in Just Three Days

Author: Stephen Manes
Rating:
Reading Level: 1st – 3rd

Pages: 76
Publisher: Yearling
Edition: Paperback, 1996 (1982)

Lily read it and found it mildly amusing. (I had to nudge her to finish it, though.)

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Me Talk Pretty One Day

Author: David Sedaris
Rating:
Reading Level: High School and Adult

Edition: Audiobook, read by the author

This one, read by Sedaris, too, was thoroughly enjoyable. Witty, at times bitter, and other times revelational, it presents the modern American life’s many quirky sides. (Of course, it’s such life viewed via a very strange mind indeed.)

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May 2005 Reads

Fast Food Nation
by Eric Schlosser (Read by Rick Adamson)

recommended
nonfiction, Adult, audio book

Whether the writing is too bland or the reader too inappropriately dramatic, I couldn’t tell. But, this very famous and popular title of the last couple of years only delivered information… long passages of it devoted to documenting the people involved in the fast food industry… without satisfying my literary “appetite.” It also has a pretty strong and unhidden agenda that feels a bit heavy handed. I am still happy that I read/listened to it and that I was “informed.” Beyond that, there is not much more to say about it.


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
by David Sedaris

highly recommended
humorous, nonfiction, memoir, Adult, audio book

Another audio book that is absolutely fantastic to listen to. Read by the author/public speaker with his signature nasal voice that is both sarcastic and completely sincere — incredibly cynical and yet touchingly innocent. The short autobiographical episodes are entertaining, enlightening, and memorable. Absolutely loved it!


Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

recommended
realistic fiction, Adult, audio book

I listened to this brutal and brutally honest and beautiful book on my iPod, folding laundry or washing dishes… on the subway or falling asleep at night… It is read by the author and his accent and pronunciation of the Afghan words made the experience rich with layers. It was an unforgettable “event,” listening to it.


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March 2005 Reads

Love Or Money
by Sang-Eun Lee/Translated by Avra Douglas

recommended
romance, manga, humorous story, translation (5th and up)

This is classic silly romantic Manga. My FIRST ever Korean Manga — although it is published by Tokyopop. The only problem is that it is Volume ONE of a proposed series and I really really want to know what happens next. 15-year-old Loan Shark Girl meets 15-year-old poor, righteous boy, who’s destined to MARRY her and also another 15-year-old boy of pure greed… and they are ALL gorgeous… hmm.. most of the time, you can’t tell who’s who… (as in so many Mangas…) The dead grandma getting drunk and getting reprimanded by St. Peter in Heaven is hilarious! Anyhooo… enjoyed reading this one tremendously.


Prom
by Laurie Halse Anderson

realistic fiction, YA (7th and up)

Anderson’s ability to capture teen speeches, thoughts, and genuine, unflinching and unapologetic emotions is truly incredible! I definitely enjoy this light comidic treatment of a “NORMAL” High School Senior (as defined by the heroine of the story — meaning, probably not going to college, probably getting tied down by an early motherhood, and probably will not get anywhere in life…) girl’s life. Especially wonderful is how lovingly dysfunctional her parents are. They are just, like her, “normal” people, trying their best, although not always most intelligent, to care for their family. Witty and down-to-earth, this will be another hit with the tweens and early teens.


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