Even oddballs can be most useful!

Book title: Tacky the Penguin
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Tacky the Penguin - book cover picture

Tacky the Penguin was an odd bird; not at all behaving like his companions (you know, orderly). Oh well! Let's face it! He was just plain tacky! He did have one saving asset--he could "think outside the box!" Although author Helen Lester doesn't ever resort to the killer of young children's stories--PREACHING!--she makes her points so gracefully that the book is a perfect opener to the lesson of TOLERANCE. Like many good children's stories, this one certainly invites a grownup to get into a gentle discussion about other children that seem a bit different. That differences (per se) are not bad, but rather makes our world interesting, and sometimes can actually save lives. We are, after all, an interdependent society. Definitely not an empty-headed action story! For my six year old grand-daughter, it provoked an entire stream of anecdotes about classmates and playmates and her odd little brother.

EAN: 0046442455367
Pages: 32
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books
Helen Lester

One of the Best Books Yet!

Book title: The Day of Reckoning (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 8)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Day of Reckoning (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 8) - book cover picture

The Day Of Reckoning blew me away! As a faithful reader to the Jedi Apprentice series, I had a great time reading this book. But you don't have to be a JA reader to enjoy this book. This book is filled with action, suspense, and drama. It has everything a book can offer, including the best protagonists (Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon) and a great antagonist (the evil but very cool Xanatos). I recommend this book to anyone who loves Star Wars and would like an enjoyable book to read to get away from it all. ........................

EAN: 9780590520799
Pages: 134
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Jude Watson

The Cay and exciting adventure

Book title: The Cay (Career Planning Guide)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
The Cay (Career Planning Guide) - book cover picture

I got "The Cay" from our local library. I wanted to use it with an ocean unit. I found the book so enthralling and exciting that I read it in one day. Since the Carribbean is my favorite vacation spot, and the island of Curacao is there, it makes it even more exciting. It was interesting how Timothy was able to overcome his fear of not being able to see with his eyes but had his heart and mind opened by the perserverance of a kindly black gentleman. Eventhough, a hurricane hit and Timothy was left alone, he was able to navigate the island using the skills he acquired earlier. When we have to tear a book apart because it doesn't follow our way of thinking we begin to destroy the joy of reading for our children. Let their minds decide how Timothy fared on the island of Curacao.

EAN: 9780553470383
Publisher: Listening Library
Theodore Taylor

what a help

Book title: Theatre As Sign-System: A Semiotics of Text and Performance
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Theatre As Sign-System: A Semiotics of Text and Performance - book cover picture

what an amazing piece of work this turned out to be. Don't be fooled by the cover (la-de-da), as it looks fairly second rate, this is an invaluable text for any one just starting a theatre related course. It is succinct yet witty and goes into great depth about technique and history. More importantly however, i think this book is a revelation to everyday communication. Any one who finds themselves unable to compete in underlying meaning during conversation would learn a lot. Parents too, a great help!

EAN: 9780415049320
Pages: 203
Publisher: Routledge
Elaine Aston
George Savona

Brotherhood fo the Wolf....

Book title: Brotherhood of the Wolf (The Runelords, Book Two)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Brotherhood of the Wolf (The Runelords, Book Two) - book cover picture

I picked up the first 2 books in the series from the lib on a recommendation from amazon. I enjoyed both and agree with earlier comments about lack of character development in the. first novel. The level of descriptive detail of the environment far exceedes the level of character detail. My only sore point with the Brotherhood of the Wolf is....how many times do we have to get a description of the reavers! Every time they show up there is the same description, once would have been enough.

EAN: 9780312867423
Pages: 480
Publisher: Tor Books
David Farland


Book title: Falcon
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Falcon - book cover picture

This is the second of Emma Bull's boks I have read and once again she has utterly astonished me. This book takes a u-turn in the middle, switching from the mechanics of a planetary government breaking down to the rushed exciting space battles that the blurb promises. I think that it is a tribute to Emma Bull's skill that these two disparate styles fit together seamlessly. A word to the wise - keep track of the details in the first half. The ending is an emotional roller coaster, but well worth the effort.

EAN: 9780441225699
Publisher: Ace Books
Emma Bull

delightful and funny

Book title: Goddess for Hire
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Goddess for Hire - book cover picture

I started Goddess in hire and finished it the same afternoon. I found it pleasant and funny, a very light and entertaining summer reading. Maya, full of herself and totally un-caring... so what ? Do all the main characters have to be angels ?
I would recommend Goddess for hire to people who need a good laugh (well.. isn't that everybody ?) :)
I heard Sonia was working on her second book and I will definitely buy that one too.

EAN: 9780060590369
Pages: 305
Publisher: Avon Trade
Sonia Singh

What A Great Movie This Would Be! Dom DeLouis as Ignatius

Book title: Confederacy of Dunces
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Confederacy of Dunces - book cover picture

A very enjoyable and extremely funny read! I found myself agreeing with some of Ignatius's wold view, even though extreme and at times totally paranoid . . . scary! A Confederacy of Dunces is without a doubt the most entertaining book I've ever read. This book has also done more to expand my vocabulary than any single book I've read. Its almost too bad that this is my first comedy read, I'm sure nothing else will be able to measure up to this!

EAN: 9780517122709
Pages: 480
Publisher: Wings
John Kennedy Toole

A Great Little Book

Book title: Mr. Kipling's Army
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Mr. Kipling's Army - book cover picture

Having just finished Lawerence James' "Rise and Fall of the British Empire", I felt like sticking with the Brits for a while, and picked up this great little book. Farwell's style is excellent and his humorous little anecdotes about life in the Victorian/Edwardian British Army make for fascinating reading. Not really a history book it covers the "sociology" of the British Army of the late 1800s-early 1900s. It was a stratified society, with gentleman officers and "other ranks" drawn from people who weren't so well bred. Not for the politically correct, though.

EAN: 9780393304442
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Byron Farwell

An American Story If I Ever Heard One

Book title: Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Seabiscuit: An American Legend - book cover picture

Any American knows that America was built up by underdogs since the Revolution to present day. Even if you don't know anything about Horse Racing,like me, you'll enjoy this book because it's about underdogs. These aren't your normal underdogs either they're the kind that have the worst luck possible. So if your looking for a good American Tale with underdogs, determination, sportsmanship, and a bit of history then this is a must have.

EAN: 9780449005613
Pages: 448
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Laura Hillenbrand

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