Entries by Beth Snow

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 […]

No Ivy League, written and illustrated by Hazel Newlevant

There’s no denying that art has power. A work of art in any form can stop you dead in your tracks, take your breath away, send chills down your spine. It can elicit a bold, dramatic response–an experience so vivid that it’s as memorable as the work of art itself. Sometimes, though, art exudes a […]

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma and Manga Claus: The Blade of Kringle written by Nathaniel Marunas, illustrated by Erik Craddock

One of the things I like best about the holiday season are the stolen moments of quiet amidst the hustle and bustle–lovely, little gifts of reading or listening time when least expected, so I try to have a book of some sort at hand.  Since Thanksgiving weekend, I’ve already managed to squeeze in some titles […]

Mildly Spooky Missouri

Haunted Graveyards of the Ozarks by David E. Harkins Missouri’s Haunted Route 66: Ghosts Along the Mother Road by Janice Tremeear Paranormal Missouri: Show Me Your Monsters by Jason Offutt When it comes to all things horror, I readily admit that I am a first-class, Grade A chicken. My personal threshold of scary is so […]

A Pair of Infographic Eye Candies

Biographic Austen by Sophie Collins Seeing Science: An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of the Universe by Iris Gottlieb Summer’s heat and humidity have cooked my brain, and no matter how much I’d like to lounge around immersed in a giant, juicy, beach read I find myself unable to keep one going. Picture books to […]