What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Classy Hamster

I have complained about books in which authors seem to kiss up to libraries and other authors.  I don't know why it bothers me, it just does.  When it doesn't seem to "fit" in with the rest of the story, it just seems like product placement.  Is it weird that a book about a talking hamster can get library-love right when so many "big time" authors get it so wrong?  There is a lot of library-love in Einstein the Class Hamster Saves the Library, I mean, it is even in the title!  But this book is not a kissy-uppy deal, it seems to me.  It is "ripped from the headlines" as we hear about more and more schools choosing to close their libraries or downsize them in the district, but this is just done so well.  And it just seems like something that Einstein, whom we have come to know and love from his previous books, would do.  It's no secret that I love all things Tashijan, but I really feel that my love for this book is not biased!

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