Sunday, May 23, 2010
run into a well known author who "puts her in a book" literally. The story is classic Munsch and the classmate's attempts to help get Hailey out of the book are comical. The students try to photocopy her out, scratch her out and pull her out of the book. This metafictive tale is meant for children four and up through to about 10. Michael Martchenko lends his animated drawings to this story and the characters as usual are memorable and attractive. Some of the funniest books around have come from this pairing of author and illustrator. Munsch lives in Guelph and has written dozens of books, while Martchenko has illustrated more than 50.
Put Me In A Book, by Robert Munsch..illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Scholastic Canada Ltd. 2010 $7.99, 31 pages
rating $$$$ out of $$$$$
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
Even The Dogs is an odd novel at first to get into and slightly off-putting with strange use of punctuation and rambling sentences and the continuous use of the pronoun "we." And yet, if you stick with it and invest yourself fully, by the end of the book all of these stylistic devices truly make sense. In fact, not unlike a drug, when you let this novel fully wash over you, the brilliance of it hits and you are left in awe. Jon McGregor's latest tale appeared with much advance praise and buzz about the Booker prize and yet it is a difficult read. It is one of the more deceptive reads I've been given lately for review here at brainfood. The style is very evocative of the Virginia Woolf school of stream-of-consciousness and this reminded me a great deal of some of the duty reads from university English literature classes of years gone by. At first it left me cold and then I realized that was partly the point. You are supposed to feel hot and cold about the topic matter at hand and the death of a homeless drunk is really not poetry to most. He will be given a pauper's funeral and his friends wonder at the sadness and hopelessness at the end of this lifeMcGregor is a stylist of the highest calibre and a writer's writer for sure. Here we will find sentences paused mid-thought, punctuation dropped or forgotten, mishmashed grammar and rambling odd rants about life on the street. McGregor's characters have strong voices and his talent for dialect is nothing, if not realistic. McGregor has also written If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and So Many Ways To Begin. He has won the Somerset Maugham Award and The Betty Trask Prize. He was born in Bermuda and now lives in England.
thriftymommastips rating $$$$ out of $$$$$
Not for everyone, but realistic, highly intelligent and brave writing.
Bloomsbury USA New York, 2010, $17.50 Canada. $14 US.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Melvin the Molar is published by the National Centre For Youth Issues.
For a copy contact http://www.ncyi.org/
Tennessee, USA, 2010
thriftymommastips rating $$$$ out of $$$$$.
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Monday, May 10, 2010
Friendship For Grownups, Lisa Whelchel
Thomas Nelson publsihers, 2010, USA, $21.99 US.
Thriftymommas rating $$$$ out of a possible $$$$$$ or 4 out of 5.
Insightful and heartfelt.
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Sunday, May 2, 2010
This book, blog and web site, http://www.oneweekjob.com/ are all very entertaining.The book is excellent for anyone contemplating a job change or searching for a career. It would be a lovely graduation gift for a high school or university student. On the One-Week Job site a new project, which is a mini version of the book, has been spun off into a contest starting this summer. The winners net $3,000 to try out 8 different jobs, hopefully finding their passion in the process. Entrants must be 18 years of age. Each individual will sculpt their own path and line up their own series of jobs to try out. Interest has been very good so far, he notes.
The One-Week Job Project, Penguin Canada, 2010, 288 pages, $19.
To be released in the U.S. next week Random House.
Thriftymommastips rating $$$$$ out of $$$$$. Highly entertaining and informative. Enjoyable and insightful. Thriftymomma doesn't receive compensation for her reviews, instead publishers send one free copy for review.