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Friday, June 12, 2015

MLC Reads: June 12, 2015

Welcome to the wonderful world of reading at the Mississippi Library Commission. Last week, we had the good fortune to read some really neat books. Here are our reviews:

William Ritter
five stars

What a find! We've had several people recommend Jackaby to us and we're so happy that we finally picked this one up. It's as if William Ritter has conjured the love child of Sherlock and Harry Potter, with all the best elements of each. Jackaby is a paranormal mystery that features an utterly loveable female protagonist, Abigail Rook, and her new employer, the eccentric and mysterious R. F. Jackaby. They encounter all manner of paranormal and magical beings as they are pulled deeper and deeper into a hunt for a serial killer. There's a race to the finish to see if they can catch the killer before he catches them. Jackaby is light on the gruesome factor, heavy on charm and intrigue,  and is destined to become a favorite worldwide. Definitely add this to your to-read pile!

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
written by Philip C. Stead
illustrated by Erin E. Stead
five stars

This is the sweetest picture book ever; no wonder it won the Caldecott in 2011! In A Sick Day for Amos McGee, we meet genial Amos and his friends at the zoo where he works. He makes time to see them every day and they all enjoy their time together immensely. One unfortunate day, Amos wakes up and doesn't feel very well. Luckily for him, his zoo friends pay him a memorable visit. The illustrations are heartwarming and hilarious at the same time. The picture of the animals crammed into the metro bus may be our favorite. Your kids will love the animals' adventure and identify with having to stay home when they're ill. Highly recommended.

Ms. Marvel, Volume I: No Normal
written by G. Willow Wilson
illustrated by Adrian Alphona
five stars

Ms. Marvel, Volume I: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson follows Kamala Khan, a nerdy girl from Jersey City. Kamala is just an ordinary girl until the Terrigen Mist. Now she has extraordinary powers that she must learn to control so that she can save her friends and Jersey City from evil. We thought this was a great graphic novel with a well diversified character list. Wilson did a great job making the characters easy to relate to and Adrian Alphona's artwork is amazing!

We've got these books on our plate for this week. Can't wait to dive into reading them!

  • The Boston Girl, written by Anita Diamant
  • I'm My Own Dog, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
  • Saga: Volume I, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples
Until nest time, happy reading!

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