Saturday, March 18, 2006

Stand Tall by Joan Bauer

Every now and then I listen to audiobooks in my car. It's very relaxing and I'm sure my driving is better than when I listen to "Sugar We're Going Down" by Fallout Boy. Anyway, my most recent audiobook was Stand Tall by Joan Bauer. This is the story of a very tall 7th grader who is nicknamed "Tree" by a classmate, the name sticks so everyone including his mom and dad call him that!

Well, Tree is dealing with helping his grandfather recover and learn to function with only half a leg after his leg needs to be amputated from an old war injury. At the same time he copes with his parents' divorce and spending time with both parents.

Great story and if you like this one, there are plenty more by this author!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Fables: Homelands

This graphic novel series by Bill Willingham is my favorite. Luckily a co-worker told me about this adventurous, outrageous look at the lives of "fables" or all the fairy tale characters we ever encountered as kids. This book has a lengthy story line with Little Boy Blue ("come blow your horn...") and toward the end we meet Gepetto and boy, is he one messed up dude! Great illustrations, fun to read, what more can I say?

Go ahead and read anything you can get your hands on by Willingham!