Archive for February, 2009


Sci Fi Wire is reporting that Seth Green will be playing Milo in a film adaptation of Berkeley Breathed’s book Mars Needs Moms. I shall be very interested to see the finished film. Mars Needs Moms is a sweet, and short, picture book. I wonder how they plan to transform it.

In other books to film news, they’re talking about a remake of Michale Ende’s The Neverending Story. Apparently the producer of the original film will also produce this one. Also, the word is that they might be putting a more modern spin on this one. I shudder to think. The project is in the early stages still, but this one has me worried.

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Thursday Thirteen #57

This week I bring you 13 SciFi/Fantasy Books That I Recommend. When I was younger, this was the only genre that I would read books from. I have branched out a bit since then, but I am still much more likely to choose new books to read in that area. For the record, the definitions for both Sci Fi and Fantasy are somewhat fuzzy. Some folks feel that SciFi is only differentiated by its used of futuristic gadgets. For me, Fantasy has always included stories with kids that have ESP and stories with faeries, not just whole new worlds. However you look at it, here are some books that I have enjoyed. If you have any recommendations from this genre, be sure to tell me about them.

1. The Time Garden by Edward Eager
2. Mind-Call by Wilanne Schneider Belden
3. For Love of Mother Not by Alan Dean Foster
4. Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key
5. The Children of Morrow by H. M. Hoover
6. The People: No Different Flesh by Zenna Henderson
7. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
8. So You Want To Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
9. The Green Rider by Kristen Britain
10. Sabriel by Garth Nix
11. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
12. The Hunter’s Moon by O. R. Melling
13. Hannah’s Garden by Midori Snyder

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Four Friends Together by Sue Heap

四個朋友在一起–蘇希 著

Thanks to Joanne’s mom for recording this!

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Review: Knuffle Bunny


Knuffle Bunny is a Caldecott Honor-earning picture book by Mo Willems, author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. In this story, “Knuffle Bunny” is a stuffed rabbit owned by a toddler named Trixie. A stuffed rabbit that somehow disappears during a trip to the laundromat. What follows is a story of communication difficulties, and a quest for a missing bunny. The art in this book consists of black and white photographs with drawings added on top of them. This actually works pretty well. There’s even a random guy with “the Pigeon” on his shirt. See if you can spot him. Knuffle Bunny is a very quick read, as it’s only 31 pages long. It doesn’t seem to be the sort of book that you would read in front of a large group. In my opinion, it would work best one-on-one. I like the story, but I think that particularly young children may not enjoy it as much as children who are old enough to laugh at Trixie’s father’s difficulties. You will also want to make sure that the child in question has their favorite toy close to hand, just in case.

(place a hold here)

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Did You Know?

(Gladys Williamson tidying the City Limit sign. From the Gladys Williamson collection.)

Did you know that Alameda County Library has a flickr account? Well, we do! Among the different types of photos posted are: The Castro Valley ground-breaking, Local History photos, and some locally created Read posters. Why not stop by and check us out?

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13 Detectives/ 13 Authors

Thursday Thirteen #56

Since we had some much fun a couple of weeks ago with a guessing game, this week I’m bringing you another one. Below, you will find thirteen detectives. It is up to you to comment with the authors. I will reveal the answers as they are properly guessed, and at the end of the day I will post all the remaining writers. Have Fun!

And the Detectives Are…
1. Albert Campion – Margery Allingham (Ann)

2. Tommy Beresford – Agatha Christie

3. Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers (Fourth Breakfast)

4. Lori Shepherd – Nancy Atherton

5. Sarah Kelling – Charlotte MacLeod (LibrarianSusan)

6. Peter Brichter – Mary Monica Pulver

7. Julian Kestrel – Kate Ross

8. Brother Cadfael – Ellis Peters (Brenda ND)

9. Mary Russell – Laurie R. King (Ann)

10. Amelia Peabody – Elizabeth Peters (LibrarianSusan)

11. Thursday Next – Jasper Fforde (Fourth Breakfast)

12. Hamish Macbeth – M. C. Beaton

13. Goldy Bear – Diane Mott Davidson (LibrarianSusan)

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Where There’s Smoke…

scat_jacketNick Waters and Marta Gonzalez dread their third period biology class, and with good reason. Mrs. Starch, the most feared teacher at the Truman School, gives Marta nightmares and most of the kids break out into a cold sweat if Mrs. Starch even looks their way. There’s one kid who’s different, though. He isn’t one bit afraid of Mrs. Starch. His name is Duane Scrod, Jr., but most of the kids call him Smoke. Smoke is named after fire for a reason; he’s started two and done time in juvenile hall for his trouble. Most of the kids steer clear of Smoke and that’s the way he likes it. But Mrs. Starch has her own way of doing things; nobody gets away with being unprepared in her class, not even Smoke, the school’s most terrifying loner. When Mrs. Starch gets finished with him, he is properly humiliated, but still defiant. The class’s field trip to Black Vine Swamp is the next day. Smoke doesn’t show up, but no one seems to mind. The class doesn’t get to do much exploring before a wildfire breaks out and they are all hustled back to the buses. Everyone escapes except Mrs. Starch, who goes back into the swamp to retrieve Libby Marshall’s asthma inhaler. Mrs. Starch never makes it back to school that day, or the next day either. In fact, she never makes it home as far as anyone can tell, and now Nick is beginning to wonder if she ever made it out of the swamp at all. And what if that so-called wildfire was started on purpose?
Find Scat by Carl Hiaasen in the library.

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