Entries by Beth Snow

Almost American Girl, written and illustrated by Robin Ha

Area schools have been in session for a week or so now, and the air around the Library’s Teen Department has been filled with equal parts excitement and trepidation all month.  There have been a lot of butterflies, whether it’s the start of band camp or sports practice or middle school or senior year. Middle […]

Joplin High School Cartoonist Club titles

This was almost the shortest book review submitted here: “Read them!  They’re wonderful!”  Because that’s all you really need to know about the books published by the Joplin High School Cartoonist Club. It’s easy to gush about the delightful results of local students’ creativity and hard work.  And, it’s loads of fun to see a […]

A Pair of Comics–Classics and Cats

Long Story Short: 100 Classic Books in Three Panels by Lisa Brown Cats of the Louvre by Taiyo Matsumoto I had a chance to reduce my “To Be Read” (TBR) pile by a handful of titles over the holidays, including some comics and graphic novels. Two of the books took an interesting approach using art […]

Random Treasures from the Stacks

                Oh, No! Where Are My Pants? and Other Disasters: Poems  selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins with pictures by Wolf Erlbruch Peculiar Questions and Practical Answers: A Little Book of Whimsy and Wisdom from the Files of the New York Public Library  New York Public Library, illustrated by […]

Comics Fun

Heart and Brain: Body Language by Nick Seluk Making Comics by Lynda Barry Buried treasure can pop up in all sorts of places–on a tropical island, in an attic trunk, at a garage sale, or in this case, on a bookshelf.  I found these delights while looking for something else.  Isn’t that the case with […]

Resources for Teen Drivers and Their Parents–2020 Update

The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don’t Know to Ask by Karen Gravelle Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving by Tim Hollister and Pam Shadel Fischer Driving-Tests.org, https://joplinpl.driving-tests.org/missouri/ electronic resource available via Joplin Public Library I’ve reviewed print and electronic resources for teen drivers once before.  […]

Gardening At Any Age

              The Lifelong Gardener: Garden With Ease & Joy At Any Age by Toni Gattone Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children’s Cookbook by Joe Archer and Caroline Craig Summer is upon us! Flowers are blooming, and so is this new crop of illustrated gardening books. It’s a great time for […]

It’s National Poetry Month!

A Dazzling Display of Dogs by Betsy Franco, illustrations by Michael Wertz iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility edited by Allie Esiri and Rachel Kelly   I’m so excited! April is National Poetry Month!  In 1996, the American Academy of Poets launched this annual celebration to “remind the public that poets have […]