The Very Hungry Librarian

consuming, sharing, and reviewing books for children

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Despite so many children being diagnosed with ADHD, there are very few children’s books that actually touch on the subject. Jack Gantos, through his uproariously funny and goodhearted character, Joey … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking

It is so exciting to pick up a book with little expectation, only to be blown away by its originality, humor, and presentation. When I heard that Lucy Hawking and … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

If You Decide To Go To The Moon by Faith McNulty and Steven Kellogg

I think at some point most children dream of going to the moon, and this delightful children’s book, If You Decide to Go to the Moon, takes you on a … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Newbery Winner: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

If you are an animal lover and advocate, The One and Only Ivan is a must read. Likened by many to Charlotte’s Web, this remarkable story touches on the tragedy … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mock Newbery 2014: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Early on in the Newbery season, there always seems to be an early favorite. Usually that book receives a lot of praise, and then a lot of criticism. Wonder and … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mock Newbery 2014: The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

Ruby wants to know if there is such a thing as “supposed to.” Is there some complex plan to her life, a fate she cannot see? After losing her grandmother … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

I find great mysteries hard to come by in children’s literature, so I was thrilled to finish this book and know I had found a mystery worthy of recommendation. Often, … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment