I fell in love with Zeno, the African grey parrot featured on the cover of this wonder filled book.
Speaking his 127 words as he awaits his next Banana Nut Muffin, this resilient Brooklyn bird will soon face a most troubling time when his trainer, Dr. Agard, turns up dead! D-E-A-D! (yes, another dead body book)
Meanwhile on the other side of Brooklyn, Alya, a young girl with cancer, faces her own desperate fight for survival. (Look close and you will see her up there in that window)
Let me know when you are holding this book in your hands, so that I can tell you that you are holding a gem. A magical, captivating gem of a book.
I savored every word of Anne Ursu's fantastical adventure of Oscar, the magician's hand. You see, I like these kinds of fantasy books - the narrative of a single boy, reminiscent of JINX by Sage Blackwood, Goblin Secrets by William Alexander,
and The Brixen Witch by Stacey DeKeyser.
This gem holds magic, mystery, friendship, a lot of cats (which I happen to like) and a rich, textured landscape worth exploring.
Electrical Wizard How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World
by Elizabeth Rusch
Do you have a science kid in your house? A kid who is fascinated by how things work?
A kid who watches Modern Marvels and MythBusters?
Well, I do. And what I loved about this great book by Elizabeth Rusch, is how she tells the story of Nikola Tesla with such passion and such zest, that it begged to be read again and again.
And not only did we learn about alternating currents, Thomas Edison, and the awesome raw power of Niagara Falls, but we read how one boy's curiosity over something as simple as a spark of static on his cat's back - would one day change the world.
Experience the electrical genius of Nikola Tesla.
p.s. if you really have a science kid in your house take a trip here:
The Vintage Radio and Communication Museum of Connecticut, I-91 exit 37
Explore the wonderful collections of all things tech and electric!! It's low-key wonderful.