Cover of "Kaleidoscope"
Cover of Kaleidoscope

1 graphic novel.  I enjoyed Werewolf of Fever Swamp and Scarecrow Walks at Midnight was eerie.  The artwork for The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena didn’t appeal to me as it seemed overly busy.

2 picture books.  Soma’s Ladybug Girl was very perky and fun but Zin! Zin! Zin! didn’t strike me as remarkable.

5 nonfiction books.  Weird Kentucky was enormous fun from beginning to end.  The other four had useful information.

2 biographical books.  Harris’ Klimt is a coffee table book and it is charming to look at.  Clapp’s biography of Elizabeth Blackwell was very readable and makes me curious to learn more.  Blackwell was remarkable to say the least.

1 children’s fiction.  I had long wanted to read Nesbit’s Wet Magic and while it doesn’t replace Enchanted Castle in my heart.

2 adult fiction.  Kaleidoscope, the sequel to The Clairvoyant Countess, was published 15 years later and has a much grimmer tone.  Definitely Dead was kind of depressing but took care of some dangling plot threads.

  1. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
  2. Weird Kentucky by Jeffrey Scott Holland
  3. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! by Lloyd Moss
  4. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Soma
  5. Greatest Gift Guide Ever by Judith King
  6. Damn! Why Didn’t I Write That? by Marc McCutcheon
  7. Wet Magic by E. Nesbit
  8. FamilyFun’s Parties edited by Deanna F. Cook
  9. Great Theme Parties for Children by Irene N. Watts
  10. Kaleidoscope by Dorothy Gilman
  11. Creepy Creatures by R. L. Stine (Gabriel Hernandez artist for “The Werewolf of Fever Swamp,” Greg Ruth artist for “The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight,” Scott Morse artist for “The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena.”)
  12. The Life and Works of Gustav Klimt by Nathaniel Harris
  13. Dr. Elizabeth: A Biography of the First Woman Doctor by Patricia Clapp
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