Teen Book Review: Kabloona

Kabloona by Gontran de Poncins
Review by:  Fallon, Northwest Branch

Kabloona (Eskimo for "White Man") is the true story of a Frenchman who traveled to King William Land to study the Netsilik Eskimos. They were the primitive Eskimos who had lived the same since the stone age, and the book, written from the author's journals explores the physical and physiological side of the Eskimo life.
Why I picked it up: I had to pick a book for my book report from a list, and the description o said "unlike any book you've ever read," and I was instantly intrigued.
Why I finished it: The content of the book was fascinating, and I learned a lot of interesting things. However it was very badly organized.
I'd recommend it to:  Anyone who is interested in primitive culture in general.

Book Spotlight: Unlikely Friendships

Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol Branch

Do you like animals?  Do you enjoy heartwarming stories?  If so, this is the book for you.  The chapters are small, only a page or two each, and the pictures are amazing.  Holland has compiled forty-seven stories of different animals becoming friends with animals outside their own species.  The stories take place in zoos, shelters, homes and in the wild.  Each story is unique and interesting.  It didn’t take me long to finish this book and it definitely put a smile on my face.  My favorite story was about a dachshund and a piglet.  You don’t want to miss this book!

Book Spotlight: Recyclo-gami

Recyclo-gami by Laurie Goldrich Wolf

Want to make a Christmas gift for your loved one instead of buying one?  Check out this new craft book for some ideas!  This book has good ideas on how to make something out of nothing.   Wolf gives step-by-step instructions with pictures to guide you along your project.  Try a project from each chapter:  Accessorize with Style, Ingenious Jewelry, Spice Up the Kitchen, Bedazzle Your Bedroom and Games, Gifts and Great Ideas. 

Want more craft books for teens?  Check out our list!

New Nonfiction Books!

New Teen Cooking Books:

  A Teen Guide to Breakfast on the Go

  A Teen Guide to Quick, Healthy Snacks

  A Teen Guide to Creative, Delightful Dinners

    A Teen Guide to Fast, Delicious Lunches


More New Nonfiction Books:

 Seventeen presents 500 Health & Fitness Tips

   The Secret Language of Birthdays

     X-treme X-ray

  Yuck!:  the things people eat

Book Spotlight: Zombie Haiku

 Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
Book Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol

What do you get when you combine Zombies with Poetry?!?  Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum.  Mecum creates a story told through haiku.  A Haiku is a poetry form that consists of “three simple lines composed of five syllables, ten seven syllables, and another line of five syllables”.  I wanted to keep reading because of how clever the haiku were even though I was extremely grossed out at the same time.  The story follows someone who gets bitten by a zombie and you see the transformation from human to monster.  When he is a zombie he is a monster, eating everyone and anyone, including his own mother.  Between the haiku and the pictures this book isn’t for the faint at heart.  Here are some examples of Mecum’s haiku:


“As I stumble out,

the sick people walk toward me

and I’m in trouble.


The only option

Is a nearby billboard sign,

which I quickly climb.


My town is broken.

From this view, I see the end.

Below, they gather.”  (page 19)


“Turning on her road

and seeing the porch light on

makes me salivate.


What is that low growl?

I look around and notice

That moaning is me.”  (page 37)

Book Spotlight: How They Croaked

 How They Croaked
By Georgia Bragg, Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Rincon Valley & Sebastopol

As the name would imply, this book tells the stories of the bitter end for some historically famous people.  We all know that Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus, and George Washington died, but how did it happen?

There are warnings all over the book telling you that if you can't take blood and guts then this isn't the book for you.  From my experience, the first story, about King Tut, is very gory, but the other stories aren't that bad.

I don't consider myself a morbid person, but I couldn't stop reading about how all these people died.  The introduction said it nicely, "There are nice things to say about everybody, but this book is full of bad news.  There are funny crying parts and disgusting stupid parts and hideous cool parts, but it's pretty much one train wreck after another.  And who can tear their eyes away from a train wreck?"

I also like how the author adds interesting details about the person's life and interesting historical facts at the end of each chapter.  The sad part is that many of these people died simply because modern products like antibiotics did not exist.

I couldn't decide which story was my favorite, so you will have to read the book and decide for yourself.