Monthly Archives: September 2014

Alice From Dallas

by Marilyn Sadler

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

I have to admit that this caught my eye because my mom, whose name is Alice, loved to dress up as a cowboy when she was little. The Alice in this story lives in Dallas, Pennsylvania and is the top cowboy in town until Lexis from Texas shows up. I don’t want to ruin the ending, so suffice to say that there is a cute, happy ending. It’s a picture book for a slightly older audience as the girls in question are in school. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the pictures and will be sharing it with my mom in the near future. I’ll just have to see if I can get her a holster to go along with it in case it reawakens her cowboy dreams!


by Raina Telgemeier
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

I loved Telgemeier’s other books, even though the main incident of Smile, tripping and falling and bashing out your two front teeth, is my worst nightmare. That book was autobiographical, as is Sisters, but Smile was very much an internal, solo story that it almost doesn’t feel like the same main character. Sisters focuses on Raina’s relationship with her little sister, Amara, particularly through one three-week car trip to see their cousins in Colorado. Even though it’s told from the older sister’s perspective and I have a younger sister’s perspective, she hits the nail completely on the head about how and why sisters interact the way that they do. I found her drawings so dead-on and hilarious that I was laughing out loud and getting funny looks in public (okay, with my coworkers). There are some more serious parts as the girls are confronted with the idea of their parents getting a divorce as well as loneliness, being yourself, creative outlets, and general teen angst. It took me about half an hour to read and I highly recommend it, especially if you have siblings! (Raina and her sister also have a younger brother.)

Double Review: Roald Dahl autobiographies


Boy and Going Solo
by Roald Dahl
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

I liked Boy better than Going Solo, but both are great adventure stories. Dahl has a way of explaining adult adventures in a way that is not over kids’ heads. I liked Boy better because it was about his childhood, in particular his experience at boarding school, which was more interesting to me and I could see connections between his life and his later stories. Going Solo was about his adventures working in Africa for Shell and then joining the RAF and flying planes in Africa and Greece in World War II, which didn’t seem to have as much to do with his later career as a writer. I thought he did a great job of describing his flights and the battles in a way that was realistic but not terrifying.