10 Little Insects by Davide Cali is a graphic novel parody of Agatha Christie’s 10 Little Indians (also titled And Then There Were None). Even if you haven’t read that, you may still recognize this classic mystery formula. A bunch of people, or in this case bugs, are invited to a mansion for the weekend. Each has been lured there for a different reason and once there, they begin dying mysteriously one by one. The surviving insects work together to solve the mystery of which one of them is the killer and the real reason why they have all been brought there. I would recommend this for kids who like graphic novels, mysteries, and have an off-the wall sense of humor. The comic panels work particularly well for throwing in a lot of extra jokes!
Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator
Maybe you’ve heard of Shakespeare from plays like Romeo and Juliet–sappy–or Othello: boring! But I promise you, this Shakespeare play is not like anything you’ve ever read before. The animals are putting on the play MacBeth at the zoo. There will be yummy snacks–peanuts, bananas, and even earthworms. You’ll want to make sure you get a good seat–not behind the giraffe (too tall) or next to the skunk (too smelly). Then sit back and enjoy the laughs, the blood, and the drama. Will the lion eat the king like his rubber ducky tells him to? Will the lioness go crazy from doing all that bloody laundry. Read The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth to find out.
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head
If you ask Jimmy why he started creating comics, he would tell you it all began when he caught chicken pox in middle school. Before that he was popular, an athlete, and doing really well in school, but then he had to miss school and the championship basketball game for being sick. His grades begin to drop, basketball isn’t going great, and his teacher confiscates his comic book in class because it is not acceptable reading material. Rather than be upset, Jimmy created his own comic book. The first one isn’t as great as it could be, so he asks his friend for advice. However, according to Jimmy, the advice is the dumbest idea ever. Is it really though? Find out the idea by reading this graphic novel.
Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian
When Cece was young, she lost her hearing because of an illness and her whole life changes. She starts wearing a bulky hearing aid around her neck, and has to learn not only how to use that, but how to read people’s lips. There are all sorts of adjustments she has to make. Worst of all, people start treating her differently, speaking to her really slowly, like there’s something wrong with her. She starts dreaming about being the good kind of special, like a superhero and having a best friend. However, it’s not really a sad book. Even though Cece has to deal with a lot of hard things, there are plenty of funny moments too! I’d recommend this book for fans of Smile by Raina Telgemeier, and people who like funny and heartfelt stories.
Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian