- Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. I loved this, mostly because “The Snow Queen” is one of my favorite fairy tales. I could also completely identify with Hazel’s feelings of loneliness and not fitting in. A lovely introduction to both magical realism and fairy tale adaptations for the MG crowd.
- A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by By Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. It seems that Sherlock Holmes is everywhere these days. This was a much better than average story collection, really only one or two true duds and everything else was really good. It’s been forever since I read the stories, so all of the clever spins worked for me. Yes, I need to reread the Cannon, and yes, I’ve started watching “Sherlock.”
- Puppy is Lost by Harriet Ziefert and illustrated by Noah Woods. I picked this up because the illustrations were bright and colorful. The story wasn’t anything earth-shattering, but the pictures were delightful.
- Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Moose is too impatient to wait for M to come up in the alphabet, so he starts inserting himself into places he doesn’t belong. Hilarious, sure to be a hit in storytime.
- Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. High sword-and-sorcery fantasy set in a pseudo medieval Islamic kingdom, and pulling form Arabic and Islamic folklore. So refreshing to get away from elves and dwarves traipsing endlessly around Europe. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
- “The Hunger Games.” It was a very good adaptation of a not-too-bad book. I think there are better dystopian books out there (and I think the series gets weaker as it continues), but there’s nothing wrong with something that gets people excited about reading. Visually this movie was perfect, and I especially enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peeks that aren’t in the book.
- “The Muppets.” I really wanted to love this movie, and for the first thirty or so minutes I did. But then it lost its Muppety way, and while it was fun and charming and enjoyable, it just made me want to watch our Muppet Show DVDs for the thousandth time.
- Books: 9/50
- Movies: 11/50