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Cover ArtThe phantom tollbooth
by Juster, Norton, 1929-
The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's novel by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Milo, a bored young boy, unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon. Because he has nothing better to do, he decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom. There he acquires two faithful companions (a “watch” dog named Tock and Humbug, and the three of them goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom—Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason—from the castle in the air. A sweet book for bored children with wonderful word and number play, plenty of puns and the illustrations are wonderful. This book has been described a kind of Alice in Wonderland—but I really thought it more a Wizard of Oz—because in the end there really is no place like home. 4.5 out of 5 stars.   posted Sep 19, 2014 at 2:07PM

Cover ArtThe book stops here [electronic resource]
Israel Armstrong is a vegetarian librarian from London who finds himself in rural Ireland running a rundown bookmobile. However, this is not the job Israel had envisioned for himself. An opportunity to attend a bookmobile conference in London may be his way out (and give him a chance to enjoy his favorite indulgences, visit his family and see his girlfriend). When mobile librarian Israel Armstrong's library-on-wheels is stolen at the convention, he sets out with his fellow librarian Ted Carson to find it. Their search leads them to a suspicious convoy of New Age travelers. I found the plot pointless and silly, the characters hard to warm to and the ending did not connect with the rest of the book. I think I will pass on any further books in this series. 1 out of 5 stars.   posted Sep 18, 2014 at 2:09PM

Cover ArtCurse of the Jade Lily
by Housewright, David, 1955-
Curse of the Jade Lily is the latest Rushmore (Mac) McKenzie’s case. The case involves a stolen gem with a tragic history, a curse, a million dollar ransom, corrupt museum board members, Slavic mass murderers, and rightful owners.. Several years ago, McKenzie, former police officer, became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich—and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem (a jade) from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. No ordinary gem—it is a jade with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated. An enjoyable read--fun great character in Rushmore Mackenzie--lots of twin city references—and nice twists. 3.5 stars out of 5.   posted Sep 18, 2014 at 12:02PM

Cover ArtBasil of Baker Street
Basil of Baker Street is a children’s book based on the Sherlock Holmes stories. Basil—a famous sleuth of mousedom--lives in the cellar of Sherlock Holmes' house. A great admirer of the Holmes, Basil has learned his craft by listening at the feet of Holmes himself. The Mystery of the Missing Twins was one of the strangest cases in Basil's career. He had only a few crumbs of clues with which to find solutions to such baffling questions as: Who had masterminded the plot? Where were the twins, Angela and Agatha, being kept? Using the deductive reasoning he has learned from Holmes he is able to solve the mystery just in time. A great book for those that want to introduce a young child to Holmes—fun and easy read. Illustration were also quite nice. A 3.5 stars out of 5.   posted Sep 17, 2014 at 11:43AM

Cover ArtThe fall of the house of Usher.
by Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849
"The Fall of the House of Usher" recounts the terrible events that befall the last remaining members of the once-illustrious Usher clan—narrated by the boyhood friend of Roderick Usher. It is a gothic horror story and a great example of how an author such as Poe gets straight to the point. It is a quick read—but the fear and the horror grow with sentence. A 4 out of 5 stars.   posted Sep 17, 2014 at 11:22AM

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