I am usually very good about posting a review or two a day and not having TOO much personality leakage, but since I had thought about going to BEA but getting to New York just didn't work, I decided to jump right into Armchair BEA. There are recommended posts every day; after today I'll post them underneath the book review. Today, however, for people who might not know me, here's lots of personality leakage!
I am a middle school librarian and cross country coach in Westerville, Ohio, and have been blogging for eight years. I started my blog because I was reading my way through all of the hardcover fiction in my school library and needed a way to remember details of so many books!
My blog focuses primarily on middle grade literature with an emphasis on books for boys, because those seem to be more challenging to find. @msyingling, no public Facebook, msyinglingreads for Instagram.
While I read a lot of sports and spy books (which I enjoy more than I thought I would), my favorite thing to read is still middle grade romance, especially vintage. My own school experience was less than stellar, so I like to read more pleasant ones for vicarious thrills.
I ALWAYS need more books to read, so I consult Goodreads, Follett's Titlewave (especially the School Library Journal reviews), book store and publisher web sites, and Netgalley.
On Blogger, I love my "Following" feeds, although I tend to click through only if it's a book I haven't seen or if I am on a mission to visit blogs. I get the most recommendations from Charlotte's Library (especially the Sunday Round Ups), Project Mayhem , Smack Dab in the Middle and From the Mixed-Up Files (author sites with multiple contributors) , Guys Lit Wire and Boys Read Boys Rule for boy-specific recommendations, and Kiss the Book for general recommendations and to see if they have the same opinion I do!
I also like the following activities, since they are geared more toward JUST middle grade reviews:
Marvelous Middle Grade
Monday at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe and What Are You Reading?
day at Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. It's also Nonfiction Monday at Anastasia Suen's blog.
Whew. Now, on to a book review!
Sis, Peter. The Pilot and the Little Prince
May 27th 2014
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ARC from Baker and Taylor
This picture book biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupery is incredibly detailed and full of information about the life of the author and what lead him to write his well beloved book. While the main text at the bottom of the pages would be easy to get through with squirmy children, this could also be read by older children who want to look through the detailed, annotated pictures.
That said, this is exactly the kind of picture book my own children disliked and which I don't quite understand. Adults who enjoy picture books will especially adore this, while my own tastes run toward things like Little Golden Books and The Baby Blue Cat and the Whole Batch of Cookies. Maybe not "literary", but things my children loved.