Babymouse the Musical: Review Haiku

Be still my geeky
musical-theatre heart:
You're the top, Babymouse.

Babymouse: The Musical by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm. Random, 2009, 96 pages.


Nyah nyah.

I am going here this weekend and you are not. I'll raise a glass and mark up a manuscript in your honor.

(If it makes you feel any better, I'm taking the red-eye back Sunday night.)


Forever Princess: Review Haiku

Oh, Princess Mia:
at last you get your happily
ever after.

Forever Princess: A Princess Diaries Book by Meg Cabot. Harper, 2009, 383 pages.


Ahead of the Curve: Review Haiku

Reluctant biz guy
complains about the culture
he's dying to join.

Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School by Philip Delves Broughton. Penguin, 2008, 283 pages.


On hiatus

I'm off on a new adventure this week and will not be posting. It's entirely possible I won't be posting next week, either, since I doubt I'll have time to read anything. But who knows -- I will live in hope.

Back soon.


The Big Necessity: Review Haiku

Would it be wrong -- or
oh so very right -- to read
this one in the john?

The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George. Metropolitan/Holt, 2008, 288 pages.


The Hinky-Pink: Review Haiku

All the fairy-tale
tropes, plus one weird little goblin.
Charming but odd.

The Hinky-Pink by Megan McDonald. Atheneum, 2008, 48 pages.


More Amelia: Review Haiku

Hey, where were you when
I was stuck reading collections
of Broomhilda?

Amelia Rules, Volume 2: What Makes You Happy by Jimmy Gownley. Renaissance, 2006, 176 pages.


Dewey: Review Haiku

Awwwww. Wittle ball of
sweet libwawy fwuff.
Nice antidote to this one.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. Grand Central, 2008, 277 pages.


Wild Munchkins Cook

Over the weekend we discovered (well, not really, but I introduced to the wee bairns) Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall's tremendous Meet Wild Boars and Wild Boars Cook. The kids seem to like the sequel better than the original,* and the Munchkin really really really wanted to make a Massive Cookie.

So we did.

The inspiration.

The chef.

The recipe.

The unbaked cookie.

The cookie supervisor.

The finished product.


*I'm guessing it's because of the gross of donuts.


Seeking reassurance (some spoilers)

Reading friends, help. I am fifty pages into Tender Morsels and already there's been sexual abuse, incest, two miscarriages, gang rape, and attempted infanticide.

The writing is luminous, but the story is so painfully bleak . . . do I really go on? Can someone promise that finishing this book will not rob me of my will to live?


Plum Spooky: Review Haiku

Recession got you
down? Try hat-wearing monkeys
and vampire bad guys.

Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich. St. Martin's, 2009, 309 pages.