A Book Blog Farewell

In consultation with the primary staff reviewers, we have decided to discontinue the InfoSoup reading blogs. Since 2008, InfoSoup users and staff have posted over 3000 reviews to Books to Hoot About!, the book blog, & Books R Us. It has been a fun ride, but now seems the right time to bring the blogs to an end.

We would like to thank all the users who participated in our reading challenge in 2013 and 2014, all the kids and teens who posted summer library program reviews, and the InfoSoup library staff who gave their time and shared their insight.

We will keep the reviews up for the rest of the year and, relaunch the site in in the new year with more of a focus on booklists and other resources for readers.

Thanks, and happy reading!

Author: Mineko Mamada

This terrific book urges the reader to look at everyday things and familiar animals in a different way on just about every page.  There isn't a lot of text and what text there is is repetitive, asking the reader, "What do you think?" This book is genuinely thought provoking and fun!

Author: Christie Matheson

This simple book is stunning in its presentation of the life cycle of an apple tree.  Readers are involved with moving the tree through its different stages and seasons-  tap the tree to create more leaves, warm the tree by rubbing it to create blooms, shake the tree to drop the apples along with many other magical actions.  Not to be missed!

Amazing Wonder

Author: R. J. Palacio

For Wonder fans, Mr. Browne's precepts continue on in this quick but powerful read.  The precepts- or principles to live by- were compiled by Mr. Browne; one for each day of the year.  They demonstrate kindness, hopefulness and the goodness of human beings and were derived from the original characters in Wonder, popular songs, children's stories, over 1200 submissions from readers among many other famous people.

Author: Cynthia Lord

In this fun book, hamster shows his adventurous spirit at the fair! When he gets the chance to do something extra special, he earns a load of fair tickets that he shares with everyone in line at the food stand! Sweet.

Author: Susan Roth

This picture book for older readers tells the story of the Puerto Rico Parrots and the fight to save them from going extinct. The illustrations in this book are incredible - artfully arranged collages that spread vertically over two page spreads with the text well placed for reading the story. People of all ages will be drawn in by the art and the story of how scientists saved the parrots from extinction will grab the attention of elementary aged youth.

Author: David Kelly

I had no idea!  Really.... major league baseball teams rub special mud on 70-100 baseballs before every game!?  This easy nonfiction picture book tells the story of the man who would never be a great baseball player but found his way into the Baseball Hall of Fame by his idea of rubbing mud on baseballs to make them safer, easier to throw and easier to hit.  I want to call all my baseball loving friends to see if they knew about this technique.

Author: Andrea Cheng

This book is a quick read and tells the most amazing story of Dave the Potter, a black slave in South Carolina.  The story is told through poems from various voices and gives readers a true depiction of what it must have been like to be a slave.  Pair this with the movie "12 Years a Slave" and the picture book, Dave the Potter, and you will learn important lessons from the heart.  This book makes me want to visit Edgefield, SC!

Very Magical!

Author: Patrick George

This fun and interactive book demonstrates opposites through a very ingenious way- an acetate transparent page changes sun into rain or hot into cold.  An excellent short read for preschool age children.  The format of the book allows children to take part in learning opposites in a hands-on way.

What is a Friend?

Author: Kristin Levine

"I think a friend is someone who helps you change for the better. And whether you see them once a day or once a year, if it's a true friend, it doesn't matter."  This is a great book! It has unexpected twists and turns in the plot that can really surprise you.  Historical fiction set during the Civil Rights Movement in the American South, it is really more a book about friendship, loyalty, and family.  I highly recommend this book!

Author: Sarah Campbell

Okay.... we all know about circles, cones, triangles, cubes, etc.   But what to you call things like trees, broccoli, lightning, your lungs?  What shape are they?  Here's your answer! Thanks to Benoit Mandelbrot, a mathematician who named fractals in 1975, we have a common name.  Love the photos in this book.  Perfect for Fizz, Boom, Read and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) reading.