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Go nuts with these children’s books


Kids are sure to go bananas over “Monkey Goes Bananas,” by C. P. Bloom, illustrated by Peter Raymundo.

This predominately wordless book begins with Monkey sitting on a small, empty island surrounded by water. Monkey is deep in thought with his chin resting on one hand. Across the way is a banana tree, and Monkey is thinking about how he is going to get those bananas.

He begins by dipping his toe in the water, and proceeds to wade in the water in order to get to the island with the bananas. He stops suddenly, because he sees a shark fin coming toward him. Illustrator Peter Raymundo does an amazing job of showing how scared Monkey is as he runs out of the water in fear for his life.  

Alphabet book too scary for little ones, but older kids will love it


“M is for Monster” by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gerald Kelley, c.2014, Sleeping Bear Press, $16.99, 32 pages

Biographies reveal complex lives of famous female authors


Generations of young women have grown up treasuring the adventures of Anne Shirley of Green Gables on remote Prince Edward Island and of the lively March sisters of Concord, Mass.

Since the authors of these classics grew up in similar settings and circumstances to those depicted in their novels, we might assume that they lived a version of the kind of idealized lives they wrote about. Instead, biographies of both authors reveal the compelling details of the lives of two very complex women.

Awkward start leads to compelling story in ‘Neverhome’


“Neverhome” by Laird Hunt, c.2014, Little, Brown & Company $26, 256 pages

Why do we love dogs?

“Travels with Casey” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, c.2014, Simon & Schuster, $26, 341 pages

More Bradbury books to enjoy


“Beware the autumn people.”

This year, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside is hosting The Big Read of “Fahrenheit 451,” one of Ray Bradbury’s most well-known novels. Bradbury was a prolific writer, however, so if you enjoyed “Fahrenheit 451,” here are some more Bradbury books to enjoy.

Gripping tale of ‘Flight 93’

“Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath, and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11” by Tom McMillan, foreword by Gov. Tom Ridge, c.2014, Lyons Press, $25.95, 288 pages

Large-print classics are easy on the eyes


Finding reading those little letters a bit of an eye strain? Recently, I have begun to explore the easier-on-the-eyes large-print collection of the Kenosha Public Library. This collection is well stocked with best selling authors and new titles in both fiction and nonfiction. I was looking for more.

I delved deeper into the collection and found Jane Austen well represented with six titles. Set in 1800s England, “Emma” is my pick. As Emma makes marriage matches for her friends, she comes to understand her own heart. Austen’s novel of social commentary is as fresh and delightful now as when it was first written. The fact that it has never gone out of print attests to its timelessness.

Cosby bio takes us back to childhood


“Cosby: His Life and Times” by Mark Whitaker, c.2014, Simon & Schuster, $29.99, 544 pages

Book review: Miss America writes a fun tell-all book

-- “Being Miss America : Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle, c.2014, University of Texas Press, 236 pages

In the memoir “Being Miss America” by Kate Shindle, you’ll peek behind the brocade curtains to learn more about the long-running pageant.

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