Sunday, February 20, 2011

Library Loot ~ three fun books

Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, wrote and illustrated this graphic novel.  The Night Bookmobile (2010) tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read.  Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile.  Her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories.  I read it the day I got it, and it was beautiful.

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown (2010) was short enough to read in one sitting-- it is, after all, a children's book -- so consider this my review of the book.  Think of everything a parent has said to a young child who wants a pet.  Lucy Bear finds a child and brings him home.  Mom says, "Lucille Beatrice Bear!  Don't you know that children make terrible pets?"  Mom gave in, saying he was Lucy's responsibility. But her little pet was "impossible to potty train."  (Don't you love this illustration of a frowning child standing in a litter box?)  One day her pet disappears.  When Lucy finds him, she sees that he has another family, and that's the place where he belongs.  It's a great story!  Rated:  10 of 10.

I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg, 2010

When I posted a teaser on Friday, I included this sentence from the synopsis:
"Maggie has heartbreaking secrets in her past, but through a strange turn of events, she soon discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems—dead or alive—has at least one little secret."

Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.  Claire has the Mister Linky this week, if you'd like to share a list of the loot you brought home.


Kailana said...

I read The Night Bookmobile in January and was rather impressed!

alisonwonderland said...

For some reason I've been a bit nervous to read The Night Bookmobile. I guess I'll have to give it a try.

Beth said...

I am utterly fascinated by the concept behind The Night Bookmobile, Bonnie. (Also quite jealous of an author who can both draw AND write). I will definitely look this one up---thank you for recommending it.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Alison, it's worth reading, though I'll admit that I'm still pondering the ending.

Beth, I do highly recommend the book for my adult friends, but probably not children.

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

I find bookmobiles fascinating, though enchanting might really be the correct word, and The Night Bookmobile sounds most intriguing. Nice loot!