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Olivia Goes to Venice
Olivia Goes to Venice
by Ian Falconer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.30
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5 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ciao Olivia! Greetings from Venice!, September 29, 2010
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This review is from: Olivia Goes to Venice (Hardcover)
This was another fabulous title from Ian Falconer, who shares his cool sense of style, art and now travel with young children. This is a gorgeous travel guide from the eyes of an eager and happy child, wandering one of the most beautiful cities in the world. "Olivia Goes to Venice" can easily be paired with a non fiction title on Venice, Italy, giving children more opportunities to get to know such an historic town full of life and art. As usual, Olivia's day tripping is full of her unique brand of humor, her perspective always child like and funny. Recommended for children five and up, and for lovers of art and Italy.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (The Twilight Saga)
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (The Twilight Saga)
by Stephenie Meyer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.99
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98 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous First Graphic Novel For Twilight!, March 16, 2010
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It took one hour to read this magnificent graphic novel, but oh, what a fantastic 60 minutes it was!


Let me just say that the artist, Young Kim, is one talented lady, and she has breathed new life into a classic vampire series. She captures the quiet beauty of Bella Swan, making her look lovely, but in an unadorned way that we have always pictured, but have never seen. She combines her own artistry with live shots, and the results are stunning. You feel as if you are truly stepping into the wet and slippery world of Forks, Washington, immersing yourself in a world where humans, werewolves and vampires co-exist unwittingly. What made this graphic novel such a easy page-turner is not just the knock-out drawings, but the layout as well, which is key to the enjoyment of any graphic novel. Kim has been able to give a face to all our favorite characters, and where she resoundingly succeeds is in her depiction of Edward. No slight to the handsome Robert Pattinson, but this is the way I had imagined Edward Cullen to look like - gorgeous and other-worldly in his male beauty.

For those of us who know the story like the back of our hand, this first volume concludes with Bella and Edward leaving the forest, with the initial secrets of vampires revealed in their pretty swath of forest. We all know how it starts, where it's going, and how it ends, but my goodness, I cannot wait for the next installment. Let's hope Stephenie Meyer will give her blessing for the three other books, because as of right now, only Twilight is getting the graphic novel treatment. I highly recommend this book to all fans of Twilight, vampire lovers, and reluctant readers who need a more aesthetically pleasing introduction to the world of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. For grades 5th and up. Enjoy!
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Chance Encounters
Chance Encounters
by Linda Wells
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.79
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime, Romantic Alternate Tale of Pride & Prejudice, November 30, 2008
This review is from: Chance Encounters (Paperback)
The internet and Amazon are replete with fan fiction takes on Jane Austen's beloved Pride & Prejudice with varying results. A lot of it is good, some of it great, but none as magnificent as "Chance Encounters". This story is geared towards adult admirers of Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF), a tale that weaves the intricate and complex lives of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. In this JAFF novel, our two would-be lovers chance upon one another across the balconies of a theater, and are riveted from the moment their eyes meet. A silent but playful battle of wills results in both of them being totally captivated by the other, without knowing each others identities. Destiny dictates that they meet against all odds, but fate and family are literally against them as they are swept up in a whirlwind love that jolts even their better judgment and sense.

All the major characters have rich and layered facets to their personalities, contributing greatly to the enjoyment of this novel. All remain true to their original Austen incarnation, but "Chance Encounters" takes their thoughts, desires, and intentions a step further, giving us further insight as to what could make each person tick, given a different set of circumstances. Of course the main attraction is Elizabeth and Darcy, and you are drawn in from their first encounter, silently rooting for them as they face insurmountable odds in getting together, and staying together. What sets this JAFF novel apart from the others is the maturity of writing, with a well-thought out story arc and intriguing subplots. If you were to choose one JAFF novel to purchase, this is the one to buy. Once you start reading, it is impossible to place the book down, and once you finish, it almost hard to resist to pick it up again and search for your favorite chapters. A professional writing debut by a quality JAFF author.

Best of the Ventures
Best of the Ventures
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars School Librarian, February 19, 2007
This review is from: Best of the Ventures (Audio CD)
Horrifyingly bad! Stay away from this CD! On the CD, it says original artists and original recordings, but it was so far from the truth. My mother, who was a young lady from this era, was severely disappointed by this drivel. The liner notes provide no original release or copyright dates on the songs, only the 2006 release date of this crap. The recordings are new, none are original; I don't know about the artists. What a rip off! Pay very close attention and read carefully before buying any CD, and look out for useful comments that will prevent this problem.
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But Excuse Me That is My Book (Charlie and Lola)
But Excuse Me That is My Book (Charlie and Lola)
by Lauren Child
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.67
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie and Lola Are Back - Hooray!, January 25, 2006
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I could not wait for this book to come out, and picked up a copy for my daughter and my school library on its release date. My first grade daughter read this from cover to cover on her own, inflecting her own accent and "voices" for Charlie and Lola. She probably got that from the wonderful television show, which I highly recommend (Disney's Playhouse). As I a school librarian, I love Lola because she epitomizes the joys and struggles of being a young person. Young children like Lola do get fixated on a favorite book in the library, and sometimes get to thinking it's "theirs", and that there is no other book that can top it. Charlie is fantastic as the understanding older brother who guides Lola around the library, with each book becoming a new discovery. My students and my own children have loved every single book Lauren Child has put out, and this new entry will become a instant favorite! If you are new to Charlie and Lola, I urge you to pick up the first three books, and read them aloud with your children and/or students.

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