Alphabetical Index of Other Book Reviews

Yes, Let’s

written by Galen Goodwin Longstreth; art by Maris Wicks In this wonderful picture book, each page is a complete illustration, with a rhyming caption over top describing how this large family — parents, four kids, large dog — decides to spend a day in the country, hiking in the woods, having a picnic, swimming in the river. It’s a terrific paean to enjoying the outdoors and being part of such a family. The art is amazing, too, with such active […]

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The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt is an odd but rewarding experiment, a “novel in pictures” that tells its story through captioned vintage images, over 600 pieces of memorabilia in all. The book’s trailer pretends to show the construction of the scrapbook. It’s about Frankie Pratt, an 18-year-old New Hampshire village girl in 1920 who wants to be a writer. As she grows up, she attends Vassar, struggles in Greenwich Village, and runs away to Paris to heal a broken heart. […]

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Friend of the Blog Barry Lyga (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl) is launching a new young adult novel series with Archvillain, out this month from Scholastic. It’s the story of Kyle, who was setting up to play a prank the night the weird meteor shower gave him superpowers. Now, Kyle’s bored in school, because his new intelligence has put him miles ahead of everyone, and his former status as most popular kid in school has been usurped […]

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The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan

I stumbled across The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan the other day, and I had a blast reading it. (If you’re a fan of books by James Lileks, you will too.) Wendy McClure found a bunch of Weight Watchers diet recipe cards from the 1970s and has republished the pictures, complete with snarky commentary, especially when it comes to the props they surrounded the food with. The book is now out of print, but never fear, you can read the website. […]

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