Thursday, March 29, 2012

Michael Writes Again!

Hey, guys, our good friend Michael, that reading and writing machine, has sent us three more reviews of books that sound really interesting. Let's hear him:

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes
by Jason Caffoe, Emily Carroll, Kazu Kibuishi, Stuart Livingston, Johane Matte, Dave Roman, Rad Sechrist, Raina Telgemeier, Saymone Phanekham, and Stephanie Ramirez
Some of the world's best graphic novelists have come together to make this amazing collaboration of seven stories that all have to do with mysterious boxes. You'll get everything you want: morals, live dolls, treasure, aliens-- it's all there! Don't miss out on these great stories from great writers! A fabulous piece of work!

Antarctica, book 1
Journey to the Pole
by Peter Lerangis
In the year 1909, a secret journey is being made to go to the South Pole. Widower Jack Winslow, his two sons, Colin and Andrew, and nephew of the trip's millionaire sponsor, Philip Westfall, are the leaders. There are unbelievable trials waiting for them, and they'll also face things that they never thought possible in their wildest dreams. Will the team make it to the South Pole? Will they even survive? What about the team on the ship? Will they be alright? Will there really be a mutiny? All these questions are answered in this incredible adventure to the bottom of the world! Very well-written. Unfortunately, the library does not have the sequel. Check this book out today!

Time Snatchers
by Richard Ungar
Caleb is a time snatcher. He was abandoned by his parents at a young age, and a mysterious man adopted him and a few other kids his age. They know the man only by Uncle. Uncle is the only man who knows the secret of time travel. He's allowed rich people to request things from history (the first photograph, the first Frisbee, etc.), and then he sends his kids back to get it. But if they fail, there are dire consequences. Caleb doesn't want to live under Uncle's rule, but there's nowhere on earth or in time that Uncle cannot find him. Caleb doesn't want to be a time snatcher; he wants a normal life like everyone else. But more than anything, he wants a family. It doesn't help that Frank, another time snatcher, is trying to poach Caleb's snatches. Frank is becoming more and more of a bully, and Caleb's snatch partner, Abbie (who he's starting to see in a different light) actually seems to be falling for Frank! Is there anything Caleb can do to escape Frank and Uncle, or is he stuck as a time snatcher forever? These questions and more are revealed in this great sci-fi book. It's not as thrilling as I'd expected. No one who Caleb is snatching from gives him a hard time. It's kind of like Star Trek meets soap operas. It's great for time travel lovers (like myself), but it's not a thriller. Too bad. There are also some flaws with the laws of the time-space continuum, but only someone who reads non-fiction about time travel (like me) would notice that. I think that for his first novel, it was pretty well done. I like the first-person narration. And some people might say that the ending was really dumb, but I liked it. One more thing: the book didn't really have a plot. Caleb wasn't really trying to accomplish anything. However, I think that the good outweighs the bad in this case and that this book is worth the read.

Michael Lanier
Pianist, guitarist, banjoist, autoharpist, jaw harpist, Ukeist

Thanks, Michael! Graphic novels, adventure, and sci-fi--they're all here! We're glad you let us know about them. Keep those reviews coming. And let us hear from YOU, all you crazy reading cats out there. What have YOU read lately???

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Why Did the Iron Guy Cross the Road?

To get to the library and check out these great joke books! Yes, these books will keep you in stitches--just like Frankenstein after visiting the Mad Doctor!! A--HAHAHA!!! Frankenstein--stitches--get it??? As Foghorn Leghorn would say,

And that joke plus a whole bunch more are in these terrific books:

Laughapalooza Joke Book by Kitty Richards; based on the Phineas and Ferb TV series created byDan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh

You Must Be Joking Two! Even Cooler Jokes Plus 11 1/2 Tips for Laughing Yourself into Your Own Stand-Up comedy Routine--written and illustrated by Paul Brewer

The Biggest Joke Book Ever (No Kidding!) by Michael Pellowski

There are lots and lots and lots of jokes in these books. For example:

"Why don't mummies go on vacation?"
"They are afraid to relax and unwind." (from Laughapalooza)

"How did the convict use his computer to break out of prison?"
"He hit the escape key." (from You Must be Joking Two)

"What did the boa say to the python?"
"I have a crush on you." (from The Biggest Joke Book Ever)

Don't those jokes just make you slap your knee??!!?? AND you don't have to worry about telling them because they are (as the back of The Biggest Joke Book Ever says) "clean, never mean (or obscene), good for the bean, the funniest jokes you've ever seen!" Plus, You Must Be Joking Two has a whole section on how to tell jokes and The Biggest Joke Book Ever has a good sidebar about that on page 99. I guarantee that after reading these books, you'll be the funniest guy in your neighborhood--your school--even your entire state!

Yes, if you read these books, you won't ever have to worry about almost making a joke like our good friend Foghorn. So check these out and Make 'Em Laugh! (and sorry for the Movie Trailers ad at the end)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Michael Sends Us Even More Reviews of Cool Books for Guys!

Greetings to all you reader guys out there! I'm sorry I haven't posted lately but life at the library has been especially busy. That's good because it means lots of people are using us, but it also means the Iron Guy doesn't get to write about terrific books as much as he'd like. Fortunately, there are faithful friends like Michael who keep us up to date on the latest and greatest reads. Let's hear what he has liked lately:

The 39 Clues: Cahills Vs. Vespers, book 3
In the Dead of the Night
by Peter Lerangis
Amy, Dan, Jake, and Atticus continue their quest to stop Vesper One. He's sent them to get another item, but this time he hasn't given them any clues as to what it is! Or has he? Could their be a hint hiding in his message? Also, Dan continues to struggle with what to say to his dad's recent text. How do you respond to someone who's been alive for nine years and never told you? Also, Erasmus reveals that Arthur Trent was a Vesper... which means he's still a Vesper. But there's one other possibility too... is it really Arthur Trent sending those texts, or another Vesper? Meanwhile, the Wyomings are out to kill Atticus because he's something called a Guardian. Will they get their way? Jonah and Hamilton are also looking for clues to stop Vesper One in other places, but they're not making much progress. The seven hostages are growing close to crazy, but they make an idea to escape. Will they succeed? Lastly, Ian Kabra, finally examining that burnt paper from book 1, finds something worth looking in to, but that means he must visit a person that no reader or Cahill ever wanted to see again. For excitement and suspense, this book delivers! Much better than book 2! Look for book 4: Shatterproof, by Roland Smith, coming in September, and watch for the movie saga beginning in 2014!

Mal and Chad, book 2
Food Fight!
by Stephen McCraine
The two friends are back in this all-new adventure! Chad keeps having nightmares that a giant lion is biting off his tail. This concerns Mal, so he invents a machine that can enter Chad's dreams so they can take down this monster. But is it possible for dream objects to come to the real world too? Meanwhile, Mal wants Megan's attention (apparently nothing became of their relationship from book 1), so he decides to make a club. But did he make the wrong decision by making Zachary club leader. Also, laughter abounds as Mal creates and invisibility spray, and his mother mistakes it for hair spray! This thrilling, incredibly well-drawn, and laugh-out-loud comic book will have readers off all ages entertained until the very last page. Also, be sure to read the daily web-comic at!
Michael Lanier
Pianist, guitarist, banjoist, autoharpist, jaw harpist, Ukeist
Thanks, Michael! I just checked out In the Dead of Night and it looks good already! Like all the 39 Clues books, this grabbed me right away. And I never heard of Mal and Chad, so I'm definitely going to check them out. How about YOU? Have YOU read either of these two? Did you like them? Hit that "Comment" button and send us YOUR own review!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Michael Sends Us More Reviews of Books for Guys!

Once again, our good friend Michael has sent a couple of reviews of the latest and greatest books that guys would like. Let's not waste any time but hear what he says:

Bone: Quest for the Spark, book 2
by Tom Sniegoski
In the second of three sequels to Bone, all of your favorite new characters are back. Tom is on the right trail to finding another piece of the Spark, but Randolf questions Tom's leadership, making the quest a little harder. Meanwhile, Abbey and Barclay Bone, along with Roderick the raccoon, have a run-in with the Constable and the evil Rat Creatures, and the chase is on! The policemen and rats are constantly on their trail. Lorimar thinks that the people she thought lost, her people, are alive and are calling to her. So she must leave the mission to find them. But will she ever make it back? Plus, there's a surprise plot twist like you won't believe! Introducing new characters: Bobby, Joey, and Al, three bumbling bears, this new novel, although a step down from the original graphic novels, is still worth reading. Bone is the only fantasy I like. Even if you don't like fantasy, Bone is a great series that everyone should read! I'd say 7 stars out of 10 for this book.
My Weirder School, book 4
Mr. Burke is Berserk!
by Dan Gutman
They're back! A.J., Ryan, Michael, Neil, Alexia, Andrea, and Emily! When the mayor makes budget cuts, he fires the groundskeeper, Mr. Burke. But Mr. Burke doesn't leave. Instead he digs up gold on the playground! He claims that his grandfather had told him about it, but the monkey bars were in the way. Now that the mayor has removed them, he's able to dig up millions in gold and gilver, a rare combination of gold and silver! Pretty soon everyone in town is coming to the school, and the teachers stop teaching, all to dig up gold and gilver! But there's a surprise ending that I never saw coming! It's the weirdest book in any of the three series, and if you liked the others, you won't want to miss this!
Michael Lanier
Pianist, guitarist, banjoist, autoharpist, jaw harpist, Ukeist

Thank, Michael! That's one thing I like about you--you give it to us straight, letting us know what you like and don't like. These sound good. Have any of you other guys read any of the new Bone novels or the My Weirder School books? Send us your reviews and let us know! After all, we want books that are--