Archive for January, 2012

Bedtime Stories for Dogs is a fantastic book of short stories and poems, written by dogs, for dogs.  I had a fantastic time reading this book! The stories were cute, funny, and nostalgic for any dog lover. I read several of them to my daughter, who actually caught a few puns that I missed. My favorites were the poems about riding in the car, and the reason dogs hate cats.

I thought the author did a fantastic job of keeping the story in the dogs voice. The stories were highly creative and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

I received this book free from the Library Thing giveaways.


Wesley is the class nerd. He is good at writing and loves books, so when his class takes a field trip to the ancient library in town, he is excited to go. He prepares an essay for the contest to be judged by the ancient curator, which is promptly confiscated by the class bully. While exploring the library with his friend Taylor, the two happen upon a terrified wild boy who seems to be straight out of a children’s book. Things only get stranger from there.

I thought this was a fantastic book. Having become an avid book fan at a young age, I could really identify with the Wesley, who loves books and writing. And when the children leave their middle school world behind, the descriptions and imagination of the author really pull you in to the story.

I plan on reading this book with my daughter (who is 6) after I read some of the old classics, such as Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz with her, so she can understand the plot a little better. I would recommend this book for any school aged children who love books, whether or not they have read these classics. I am confident that not only will they love this story, but they will want to read the books Eric Hobbs describes in the story as well.

I received this book free from Library Thing giveaways.

Daniel Polansky has created an intriguing world of Low Town – a slum in the winter time filled with despicable characters, citizens living in poverty and filth, drug trafficking and magic. Children are showing up dead – abused and sacrificed and the Warden, a former secret ops agent now leading a life of crime, can’t just stand by and wait for the next victim. So in a bid for his very life, he makes a deal with his former boss to find the culprit.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written and interesting, the setting appropriately dismal with just enough goodness and innocence to make you root for the citizens who live there. I did figure out who the killer was early on, but I didn’t figure out the motivation until the very end, which kept me turning pages long past when I should have stopped reading to get a good night’s sleep. A great book for anyone who enjoys a mystery with a little fantasy mixed in. The perfect blend – not overwhelmed with magic and strange names, but enough magic to keep it fresh.

I received this book free from the Goodreads giveaway program.