Saturday, November 29, 2008

Book Review #350
Free-Range Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Rating: four stars (out of four)

Ah, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has done it again.  She has written a hilarious account of what Knitters (yes, that is in fact, a capital K) must go through in their efforts of finding the perfect yarn, making socks and other trials.  Stephanie has seen it all, and just when you've thought that you've got a story she couldn't possibly beat, you turn the page and are laughing so hard you drop your sock yarn.  Something else that I thought was intriguing was that Stephanie had written a couple stories that weren't necessarily overly-funny, but had elements of poignancy.  They were pretty touching.  I would definitely recommend this book.  Check it out especially if you are a Knitting fanatic.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Book Review #349
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
Rating: three stars (out of four)

I was surprised when I heard that Shannon Hale was going to try her hand at a graphic novel for her next book, but I was also excited.  If there was anyone who could rise up to the challenge, it would have to be Shannon.  I thought the idea for this story was clever.  I liked how Shannon took seemingly insignificant ideas and wove them into plot-twisting tidbits that you exclaimed over when you finally saw how they would affect the story.  Parts of this story made me smile, some made me laugh out loud, and some parts were bittersweet.  One thing that I did miss was Shannon's lovely descriptive imagery, with a graphic novel, the drawings convey the scenery, but I missed Shannon's well-chosen words.  I still thought the illustrations were great.  All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend.

Book Review #348
The One the Only Magnificent Me! by Dan Haseltine
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This is a cute book, the illustrations are especially bright and colorful, which is definitely an added bonus.  The story line is interesting, but not particularly brilliant or anything.  Still, I can see children liking this story.  This was a sweet book that I would probably recommend to others.

Book Review #347
The Dot And The Line by Norton Juster
Rating: three stars (out of four)

This book made me smile.  I liked how the Line solved his problems, but at the same time, I thought that the Dot was a little lacking in luster and personality.  The illustrations were pretty cool as well.  I'd recommend this book for math majors or people who just love math in general because then you would get a kick out of this book.

Book Review #346
Am I The One? by James R. Lucas
Rating: two stars (out of four)

I thought that this book had a lot of solid facts and advice.  While I've read many books that are in this genre, it was missing just a certain something that would have made it all the more enjoyable.  I am not sure if it is because it wasn't as funny as some of the other books I've read, or if maybe it is just for an older crowd.  All in all though, I'd still recommend it.