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Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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Kidzone Blog

I know it's April Fool's Day, but let's get serious for a moment.  Just kidding!  We're focusing on the funny today, and this blog is no exception.  Janet Tashjian has a new title in her popular series.  My Life as a Joke includes plenty of laughs, from worm dissection fainting spells to bouncy house party disasters.  Get your fill of hilarity with all four books.
1. My Life as a Book
2. My Life as a Stuntboy
3. My Life as a Cartoonist
4. My Life as a Joke

April is National Kite Flying Month.  I guess because it is windy weatherbirds in April.  You've never heard the term windy weatherbirds?  You've obviously never met my mother.  She says it all the time, especially when the wind is so strong that it rips my Batman kite right out of my hands, and my dad chases it for a mile.  True story.  If you'd like more high-flying kite stories, try one of these.
Ben Franklin and His First Kite by Stephen Krensky
The Berenstain Bears: We Like Kites by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Curious George Flies a Kite by Margret Rey
Dragon-Kite of the Autumn Moon by Valerie Reddix
Henry and the Kite Dragon by Bruce Edward Hall
Keeping Track of Time: Go Fly a Kite! by John Burstein
King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Book by Will Hillenbrand

My mom and I bought Broadway in Birmingham season tickets this year.  We've seen three amazing musicals -- The Addams Family, Hello Dolly!, and Memphis.  The fourth and final show, War Horse, is tonight.  It's a powerful World War I drama based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.  It was recently adapted for the big screen by Steven Spielberg.  The stage play, which features the breathing, galloping, full-scale horses created by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, debuted in Great Britain in 2007.  It crossed the pond to the United States in 2012.  Now, in 2014, it is finally here in Birmingham.  I cannot wait to see it.
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (also available as a book-on-CD)
Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo
War Horse on DVD
War Horse on Blu-Ray

Today is the first day of spring.  And spring means flowers.  I can't wait to work on the flowerbeds in front of my house.  I don't have a green thumb, but I have plenty of enthusiasm.  Plus, I have access to these books.
Buds and Blossoms: A Book About Flowers by Susan Blackaby
The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
How Flowers Grow by Emma Helbrough
Investigating How Flowers Grow by Ellen René
It Could Still Be a Flower by Allan Fowler
Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt
Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants by Bonnie Worth
One Little Seed by Elaine Greenstein
Pick, Pull, Snap!: Where Once a Flower Bloomed by Lola M. Schaefer
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Seeds, Bulbs, Plants & Flowers: The Best Start in Science by Helen Orme
What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers by Linda Sue Park
Wildflowers Around the Year by Hope Ryden
Zinnia's Flower Garden by Monica Wellington