Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review #1183
There's a Dragon in the Library by Dianne de Las Casas, illustrated by Marita Gentry
Rating: two stars (out of four)

This book had an interesting and whimsical premise, but I wasn't enamored with the story. The illustrations were pretty colorful and I enjoyed the library setting. The ending was a little abrupt, but still fairly comical. Other people might like this book more, but it's not something I'm going to read multiple times.

Book Review #1182
Share with Brother by Steven L. Layne, illustrated by Ard Hoyt
Rating: two stars (out of four)

The message for this book was good, but I wasn't sure if I cared for the illustrations or text. The pictures were cartoonish and colorful and played up some of the antics, but the illustrations weren't my style. The characters were fairly interesting, but after I finished the book they didn't stay in my mind. I probably wouldn't recommend this story.

Book Review #1181
Scandinavian Classic Baking by Pat Sinclair, photography by Joel Butkowski
Rating: three stars (out of four)

The recipes in this book look sooo good! The pictures were gorgeous and made each dessert look scrumptious. I also thought the page layouts and recipes were displayed nicely. I'm definitely going to have to try one of these recipes soon. (I know it's a little bit unconventional to review a baking book before trying one of the recipes, but I haven't gotten a chance to bake yet. I'll probably update when I do!)

Book Review #1180
Bodie and the Burnt Orange Sunset by Rick King, illustrated by Mario Rivera
Rating: one star (out of four)

Not a fan. The story didn't flow well and I wasn't engaged. I didn't like the illustrations and thought they were lacking. I'm probably not the type of person this story is geared towards, but it was definitely a letdown. I think you'd have to be more of a sports fan to enjoy, but even then it has a very narrow audience. I wouldn't recommend.

Book Review #1179
Eliza's Cherry Trees: Japan's Gift to America by Andrea Zimmerman, illustrated by Ju-Hong Chen
Rating: three stars (out of four)

I really enjoyed this book! The story centers around the Cherry Blossoms in Washington D. C. and showcases their history and how they came to decorate the landscape. It was cool to see the story from Eliza's perspective. The illustrations were lovely - they really added to the text and brought the book to life. It was a sweet story and I'd recommend it, especially for people interested in D. C. history.

Book Review #1178
How the Gods Created the Finger People by Elizabeth Moore and Alice Couvillon, illustrated by Luz-Maria Lopez
Rating: one star (out of four)

I liked the premise and the old folklore, but the illustrations weren't my favorite. The pictures were certainly bright and colorful. The story was pretty interesting, but it's not something that I'd read over and over.