Category Archives: Reviews: Books

What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups by David Wisniewski The Ten-Year-Old doesn’t want me reading this book. Apparently the stash of secret knowledge it gave her about the reasons why grown-ups make up all those rules is too important to share with … Continue reading

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What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll For her tenth birthday, The Ten-Year-Old’s aunt and cousins sent her an Alice-in-Wonderland party in a box. When The Ten-Year-Old opened it up, she found two cousin-made chocolate chip cookies labeled “Eat Me,” a shelf-stable … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Borrowers

Apparently, back in May of 2012 when this book review first ran, I was in the habit of writing much longer reviews.  Of course, my daughter wasn’t yet in the habit of reading on her own, so I didn’t have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rembrandt (Art for Children Series)

Tax season is still underway, but now my life has been complicated by the onset of Spring Break. Must be time to remind The Ten-Year-Old about this series of Art for Children, which she first read in August 2011. Harmensz. Van … Continue reading

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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson What the book’s about: The Nine-Year-Old read this book as part of her school’s Global Reading Challenge. I think I may have mentioned this before, but in case I haven’t, for the Global Reading Challenge, the … Continue reading

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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

The Dandelion Caper by Gene DeWeese What the book’s about:   Another gem from The Nine-Year-Old’s school library, The Dandelion Caper tells the story of Walter and his friend Kathy. Walter and Kathy specialize in rescuing tourists from outer space, but they are … Continue reading

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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti While we were in Washington, DC last week, we visited the International Spy Museum on F Street. We highly recommend it. Take it from us, though, if you go, your … Continue reading

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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

The Complete Periodic Table by Adrian Dingle (Basher Science Series) What the book’s about:   Adrian Dingle’s Complete Periodic Table devotes a page or two to each of the 115 elements, giving each element a voice, a shape, and a distinct personality. Each entry tells … Continue reading

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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

Cobblestone from Cricket Media What the book’s about:   Cobblestone is an American history magazine geared to children. This month’s issue explores Chicago’s history and is packed with fascinating tidbits that have already sparked more than one intriguing dinnertime conversation. Why … Continue reading

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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan W. Fields Tucked in amongst all the Warriors books from The Nine-Year-Old’s babysitter was this surprising little gem by Bryan W. Fields. Lunchbox is your average basset hound and knows it — or maybe … Continue reading

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