Pint Sized Reviews: Fortunately, the Milk

No milk.

Who knew such simple, mundane words could lead to a wild and dazzling adventure? When Dad takes a run-of-the-mill trip to the corner store for more milk, he’s gone for a long, long time. His children are at home, waiting for breakfast, staring glumly at their dry, boring cereal. Because everyone knows: you can’t have cereal without milk.

At last, Dad returns. But his children are disappointed. Why did he take so long? Did he forget about them in favor of chatting up a friend at the market?

Well, actually, Dad ran into a spot of trouble that bloomed into a wacky escapade, spanning many centuries of time and space that tickles the funny bone of all ages.

It starts when dear old Dad hears a strange noise like a thrumming. And when he looks up, he sees a bizarre silver flying disc. Aboard that disc are green globby people – aliens. And when Dad opens the door of their ship – still keeping a tight hold on the milk – everything goes topsy turvy.

He let the space-time continuum in.

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The Librarian’s Bookshelf: Season of the Witch


Sabrina Spellman is caught between two worlds, half mortal, half witch. With her sixteenth birthday fast approaching, her life stands on the cusp of being turned upside down. She’s expected to join the Academy of Unseen Arts where she will learn to come into her full power as a witch.

It’s a bittersweet decision: Sabrina has always felt curious about her darker, magical side and the thought of cultivating it is a tempting one. But she will be forced to sever all ties with the life she lives now. No friends, no boyfriend.

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Pick Me Up Monday: The Starless Sea


Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood.

Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.


This book.


I was thoroughly enthralled with Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, swept away on a dizzying, swirling, spinning display of carnival magic. How do you follow that? How do you conjure that kaleidoscope of glorious enchantment for Project #2?

Ever since then, I’ve been waiting. Patiently and not-so-patiently in equal measure. Masterpieces cannot be rushed. But at long last!!!! It’s time to be swept away on Morgenstern’s tidal wave of illusions once more, bewitched by her prose and the images she weaves together like brightly colored ribbons.

What whimsical read are you looking forward to for the dreary winter months? Let me know in the comments!

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Pick Me Up Monday: Winterwood


Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.


Halloween might be over but there will always be room on the shelf for another witchy read! What atmospheric, spine-tingling books have you read this year? Let me know in the comments!

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The Librarian’s Bookshelf: Pumpkinheads

S’mores and autumn leaves, soft over-sized sweaters and pumpkin spice everything, caramel apples and bonfires. Rainbow Rowell has captured the starry-eyed joy of Halloween in this cozy, adorable, and sweet graphic novel. The very definition of “heart warming”.


Every year throughout high school, Deja and Josiah work at the Pumpkin Patch together during the Halloween season, manning the Succotash Hut. They’re seasonal friends – when Halloween is over, they don’t keep in touch, they don’t do anything together. But when Halloween rolls around, Deja and Josiah are attached at the hip.

Changes are on the horizon though. Next year: college. No more Pumpkin Patch. And Deja and Josiah are determined to make the most of their last night together.

Deja, the spunky best friend, is dead set on pushing Josiah to finally stop mooning over the cute fudge shop girl and actually talk to her. But things go haywire, again and again and again. Will Deja and Josiah’s last night together tear them apart?

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