Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton

Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton is my first introduction to Splat and I found him so cute that I must go seek out Rob Scotton’s other books featuring the same character.  It’s Halloween and Splat is in search of the scariest costume.  But no matter what he does or wear, everybody else is scarier than [...]

The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice is a very sweet debut novel.   Eleven-year-old Eleanor Robinson, better known as Groovy, loves to cook.  Her perfect day consists of creating the perfect menu with the perfect food.  Certain foods for certain moods.  Even at eleven Groovy knows what she wants most out of her [...]

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I can now officially say that I have now read a Neil Gaiman book.  And for the record I had The Graveyard Book checked out from the library before it won this years Newbery Medal.  I would have read it one way or another. If you don’t know the premise by now, The Graveyard Book [...]

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan received the Newbery Medal in 1986 and at a very short 58 pages it took mere moments to read.  It’s short, it’s sweet but it’s not one that will stay with me for a long time. Set during the 1800′s on the praire, two children, Anna and Caleb [...]

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Collected from Folklore and Retold by Alvin Schwartz (and a Scary Story of My Own!)

Seriously, who has not read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Collected from Folklore and Retold by Alvin Schwartz?  I have very vivid memories of reading this book in elementary school and it scared me half to death!  The story that I remember most clearly is the story of the young couple who go [...]