Book reviews

All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.

Meet the Great Explorers!

Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star by Maria Van Lieshout

Do you like to take trips to unknown place? Do you enjoy exploring a new territory that no one has ever found? People who like to investigate and keep a record of faraway lands are called explorers. Explorers are not afraid of traveling and encountering new, unusual things. Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Lewis and Clark are among the world’s most famous explorers. This month, I found three new picture books about venturing to unique places and discovering new experiences.

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell made me long for the old-fashioned landline phone – for the days when a phone fit your hand perfectly and your ear with the warmth of the voice at the other end, for the excitement a phone ringing and not knowing who was calling.

Book Review: The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen

The Greek Coffin Mystery

In this 1932 classic mystery, an elderly and wealthy Greek art dealer dies, and his will has gone missing. Inspector Richard Queen of the NY Police is brought in to investigate.

All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior

All Joy and No Fun

As a parent of a seven-month-old, I was curious about All Joy and No Fun as it made the rounds through my friends’ Goodreads accounts. My interest was piqued by friends’ reviews and with Jennifer Senior’s visit to the Library in early June.

Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct Series

Ed McBain’s 57th Precinct Series

When it comes to reading mystery series, I generally follow a simple procedure: Start with the third or fourth book in the series and then work back at some later point if the author grabs me.