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Book Review: Alexander McCall Smith and the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series

While it’s easy to dismiss series fiction as crass franchising (though many forget that series have been with us for generations) there are many series that run their course quickly and are eminently forgettable. Not so the prodigious work of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dixie and the School Trip by Grace Gilman

Dixie and the School Trip by Grace Gilman is the fourth I Can Read story featuring Dixie the dog.  It is a level 1, Beginning reader has “short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts for children eager to read on their … Continue reading

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Book Review: Beverly Cleary’s “First Love” Series

Beverly Cleary’s “First Love” series encompasses four books: Fifteen (1956); The Luckiest Girl (1958); Jean and Johnny (1959); and Sister of the Bride (1963).  As a child in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I vividly remember going to the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

If you enjoy Mo Willems‘ series of pigeon books, you will continue to laugh reading The Pigeon Needs a Bath!  Despite the pigeon’s filthy appearance, it refuses to take a bath.  The pigeon makes up any excuse it can think … Continue reading

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Book Review: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon

Twenty years ago, Jan Karon began her Mitford series with At Home in Mitford. Now in book ten, Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good (over 500 pages and 9 years since the last of the Mitford series), she continues the story … Continue reading

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