The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown

Robin McKinley
Rated by
Sam S.
Monday, Dec 25, 2017

The Hero and the Crown follows Aerin, daughter of the king of Damar. Damar is an enchanted fantasy land, complete with witches, dragons, long-lost magics, and hidden destinies. As the daughter of the king's second wife, a woman believed by many to be an evil enchantress, Aerin is ostracized by the court and loathed by the people. She doesn't let this bother her much. She has bigger problems, after all -- namely, dragons.

Saturday, Jun 20, 2015

Beg: a Radical New Way of Regarding Animals, with its sweet-faced dog peering at me from a soft, sage green background, imploring me to “regard him in a new way” didn’t prepare me for the most heavy-handed, condescending book I’ve ever experienced. Freedman doesn’t actually present “a radical new way of regarding animals” so much as beat readers over the head with how perfectly enlightened she’s become and then shame us into submitting to her will.

Africa: Eye to Eye With the Unknown

James Honeyborne
Rated by
Megan C.
Friday, Feb 20, 2015

Stunning! This series offers a sweeping panorama of the African continent. However, the stories presented here are often intimate, following individual animals through both ordinary and special events in their lives. Many of the animal behaviors this series captures are firsts in wildlife filmmaking. Even the series narrator, David Attenborough, who boasts a lifetime of wildlife observation, is surprised by these unexpected dramas.

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

Teeth, claws, horns. These are animal defenses we’re familiar with. What about slime? Toxic explosions? Blood shooting from an eye? Learn about these and other totally cool and utterly gross ways that animals protect themselves in Rebecca Johnson’s When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses.

This is a short, intriguing book for older children and anyone interested in fun (and rather disgusting) facts about animals.


Sterling North
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

Enchanting language, lush scenery, a romping, completely factual story and a rascally, joyful raccoon are the fixings for this adorable and happy memoir by Sterling North.

Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

Kitty lovers will appreciate Caroline Paul's humor, devotion and manic-depressive curiosity in Lost Cat.

Monday, Feb 13, 2012

No one loves anthropomorphisization more than me. So Unlikely Friendships is just the kind of book I like to savor over a warm mug of cocoa. Holland describes “friendships” between species, sometimes even predators with prey. Everyone knows about the gorilla Koko and her kittens, which are included here.

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011

When I first picked up this book I figured that it would be all about the cat. Of course, much of it was, but there is a lot more to this book. The author, Vicki Myron, also writes about her own life, with its trials and tribulations, ups and downs. In so doing, she paints a picture of life in a small midwestern town. Most of the book takes place in Spence, a little town in northwest Iowa, in the midst of farming country.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

What does compassion have to do with what we eat? Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated, makes the argument that the answer to this question does matter. At least he’s betting on it as compassion becomes the driving, emotionally-charged, life-changing force in his new book