Weekly Nibble: October 18, 2019

I hosted my second Book Scouts program this week, and this time, I highlighted some of my favorite spooky reads! I quickly realized as I was composing this list that for me, spooky has much more to do with how a book makes you feel than the actual content. As a result, some of these … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: October 18, 2019

Book Review: Great Job, Dad! and Great Job, Mom! by Holman Wang

Great Job, Dad! and Great Job, Mom! by Holman Wang I am a sucker for miniatures. I always have been. My favorite childhood toys were Polly Pockets and Micro Machines. So it was inevitable that I fell in love with these two books when they rolled in on our new book cart last month. Wang's … Continue reading Book Review: Great Job, Dad! and Great Job, Mom! by Holman Wang

Weekly Nibble: September 20, 2019

If you follow the Much Hamsters Instagram, you know that I mentioned starting a brand new program series this week. When I first took over school age programming, the book club structure had been the same for a while. The staff person running the book clubs would select one chapter book that the kids would … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: September 20, 2019

Book Recommendations: Studio Ghibli Read-Alikes

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a bit of a Hayao Miyazaki fangirl. His brand of storytelling and animation (coupled with the gorgeous soundtracks provided by composer Joe Hisaishi) are absolutely wonderful. Most people know Miyazaki because of his work with Studio Ghibli and its association with Disney. Films like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's … Continue reading Book Recommendations: Studio Ghibli Read-Alikes

Book Review: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

Who hasn’t been captivated by the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a moth or butterfly? It is a truly awe-inspiring transformation, and one that is still not fully understood even today. Seems like a pretty harmless fascination, right? Not for Maria Merian. Growing up in mid-17th century Europe, not only were women discouraged and/or forbidden … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

Book Review: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

This review was originally published on the Johnson City Public Library blog. Edits have been made to the original post. Outdated/irrelevant information has been struck through and new information has been added in red. Eleven-year-old Imogene has grown up working with her family at the Florida Renaissance Faire. This year, she finally begins her training … Continue reading Book Review: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson