Unfamiliar Fishes: Review Haiku

Vowell spins the twisted
tale of Hawaii -- but dear God,
why no chapters?

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell. Riverhead, 2011, 256 pages.



One Was a Soldier: Review Haiku

Brutal, honest, grace-filled
repercussions of war.
And oh! -- a wedding!

One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming. St. Martin's, 2011, 336 pages.

P.S. Bonus points for swiping the title from arguably the most delightfully ridiculous Episcopal hymn of all time.


Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday. And instead of having a night of wanton debauchery and certain humiliation, I am doing this, with fourteen of my closest b-school friends. The older I get, the more insane I get.


Junonia: Review Haiku

A quiet piece of genius as ten-year-old Alice learns about loss.

Junonia by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, 2011, 192 pages.


Big Nate Strikes Again: Review Haiku

Poor man's Greg Heffley faces his girly nemesis and wins, loses.

Big Nate Strikes Again! by Lincoln Peirce. Harper, 2010, 224 pages.


Ruby Lu: Review Haiku

It's Ramona, if she were Chinese. And her books were a lot shorter.

Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look. Atheneum, 2004, 105 pages.

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything. Atheneum, 2006, 176 pages.

Ruby Lu, Star of the Show. Atheneum, 2011, 144 pages.

P.S. Why the new illo? Prefer the original.


Piper Reed, Campfire Girl: Review Haiku

Piper demonstrates just how hard it is to be a good friend sometimes.

Piper Reed, Campfire Girl (#4) by Kimberly Willis Holt. Square Fish, 2011, 176 pages.


The Unsinkable Walker Bean: Review Haiku

Bizarre high-seas adventure of boy engineer, complete with mer-creeps.

The Unsinkable Walker Bean by Aaron Renier. First Second, 2010, 208 pages.


Picture This: Review Haiku

The near-sighted monkey offers you her thoughts on creativity.

Picture This by Lynda Barry. Drawn & Quarterly, 2010, 204 pages.