Reviews and Blog Posts: family

Once a witch

by Carolyn MacCullough

DPL Rating:
4

Being a teenager is pretty rough, but try to imagine how much worse it would be if you were born into a family of witches who each possess a particular talent and you have, well...absolutely nothing.  On the day of her birth, Tamsin Greene's grandmother prophesied that she would be a...

Madeleine L'Engle's A wrinkle in time : the graphic novel

by Hope Larson

DPL Rating:
4

L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time has always been a fascinating book to me.  Full of adventure, spacetime physics, and allegory, the story is rich, but I especially love how the characters, specifically Meg, learn that their weakness can be their biggest strengths.  In her graphic adaption, Larson does a great job...

How sweet it is

by Melissa Brayden

DPL Rating:
4

Molly's partner since high school, Cassie, died in a plane crash over 4 years ago. She still can't quite picture her life moving forward without Cassie. Jordan, Cassie's younger sister, took Cassie's death hard, too. They were best friends, and Cassie was Jordan's only ally against her parents' wish that...

Dad is fat

by Jim Gaffigan

DPL Rating:
5

Jim Gaffigan is currently raising five children under the age of eight in a miniscule two-bedroom Manhattan apartment.  This hilarious book chronicles the experience.  From always being his kids' second choice: "Let's see, the crabby guy with the scratchy beard or that warm soft lady that tells us stories for...

Someone could get hurt : a memoir of twenty-first-century parenthood

by Drew Magary

DPL Rating:
4

I teared up both from Magary's hilarious storytelling and his ability to convey the sincere love and fear that comes with parenting.  Magary captures what it feels like to be a parent of young children with brutal honesty and humility.  His stories about sleep-deprived delirium, secret parenting competitions, the ridiculous things you...

Zeke Meeks vs. the horrifying TV-turnoff week

by D. L. (Debra L.) Green

DPL Rating:
3

I learned about the Zeke Meeks series when a second grade boy came to the library asking for as many Zeke Meek books as he could find.  This second grader loved the Zeke Meeks series.  His enthusiasm prompted me to try one in the series.

Rules to rock by

by Josh Farrar

DPL Rating:
3

  I had read A Song for Bijou, another title by Josh Farrar and decided to pick this particular book up because I like how Farrar introduces elements of Caribbean diasporic culture into his works. This book deals with a sixth grader named Annabelle who has recently moved from Brooklyn,...

Jim Gill's Family Concert on September 7: A strummin', singin', clappin', good time!

What could be better than 80 families visiting the library on a Saturday afternoon? 80 families visiting the library to sing and play together!

Mountain States Toyota helped the Denver Public Library bring Jim Gill, children's musician, author, and child development specialist, to the Central Library on Saturday, September 7th to provide a fantastic and fun concert for families with young children.

Where'd you go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

DPL Rating:
5

Wow, this is the best book I’ve "read" in a long time.  I guess I didn't really read it, I listened to the Audiobook on CD.

The big disconnect : protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital age

by Catherine Steiner-Adair

DPL Rating:
3

The book succeeded in proving my naivety of current tech trends and pitfalls with tweens and teens and the final two chapters are valuable for their practical suggestions.

On the disappointing side, I didn't feel like Steiner-Adair took advantage of her collected research by providing more discussion and explanation of specific...

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