Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday Book Reviews

Here are a few books that I was able to read this week complements of NetGalley. The first one is for the YA/NA crowd (technically its YA but the themes make it suitable for both I think) and the other two are children's picture books. 

 Poor Little Dead GirlsPoor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Sadie is a typical middle class girl who on scholarship at a prestigious boarding school. Going to school with the rich and famous is interesting enough but when she is kidnapped by someone in a black hood she is plunged into a world of secrets and deception. She must uncover what is going on and how it somehow seems to connect to her own mother's tragic past.
I had no trouble getting into this book. It slightly slow as the story was set in motion but it picked up pace and had enough drama to make it interesting. I never really connected with the story or the characters though. While it was enjoyable enough to read I felt it was missing the extra spark that makes a book grab my attention.

Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe

Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe by Sheryl Shapiro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book's cheerful illustrations and I plan to read it with my toddler. He loves pictures of real children. I must add that the concept of this book had me a bit confused. I expected it to be more about strips and lines and it seemed to jump around a bit.

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 This book is exactly was I was expecting it to be, which in this case is a good thing!  It is a sweet collection of classic nursery rhymes.  The illustrations are beautiful.  I loved all the subtle patterns and texture woven it.  It reminded me a bit of a scrapbook.  I enjoyed reading some of the nursery rhymes from my childhood and this book is a fun way to share them with the next generation.


  1. The fun, old rhymes i remember as a child were my favorites to read to my children, too. It connects the generations.

    1. It really does! So much changes through the years, its wonderful to have some things that stay in common.