Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Library Round-up #9

Mini reviews of some of the books we have checked out of the library.

Infinity and Me.  A young girl wonders about the nature of infinity and asks the adults in her life what it means to them.  The ending, with the idea that love can be infinite, manages to avoid sappiness.  My daughter's been interested in infinity for a while, so she liked this one.  She doesn't totally grasp the concept though, since she tells me she loves me "infinity plus 152 blocks" (presumably city blocks).

Open This Little Book.  My five-year-old put it succinctly: this book is sort of boring but sort of cool.  The design aspect is amazing but design alone does not make a book.  The plot here is definitely lacking and the idea of stories within stories is not fully fleshed out, but it's worth picking up just for a look at the design and the illustrations.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.  One of the best writers of children's non-fiction (particularly biographies), Deborah Hopkinson here tells a tale of historical fiction.  Based on the true stories of slaves who hid maps in the patterns of quilts that they made, she tells how one girl finds her way to freedom and leads others to it as well.  A wonderful book about a lesser known aspect of how slaves escaped.

What do you have checked out from the library now?


  1. We have Open This Little Book out right now -- I'm still a sucker for picture books about books. I agree that the execution doesn't live up to the potential, but the kinda cool part is good enough for a week or so. Definitely a library book rather than a purchase.

    We also have out Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, and that is proving more durable; the eleven year old and the ten year old still find new things in the pictures, and anyone old enough to get sarcasm will enjoy the sounds that could be dinosaurs drooling or maybe just wind in the trees. And the double moral was nice, giving help to both sides of the equation -- hungry dinosaurs and pesky kids.

  2. I've been wanting to get Infinity and Me for a while now... it's not at my library. I'm having my sis pick it up from hers. My kiddo is obsessed with the idea of infinity too. I think he'd enjoy it.

  3. I hate it when my library doesn't have a book! Sometimes I'll buy it but I'd rather audition it first for free. It is also shocking to me how many old/out-of-print books the NYPL (New York Public Library) does not have - at least not available for borrowing. Infinity and Me is sweet and a nice introduction but not worth buying in my opinion. Glad you could get it from your sister.