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The best children’s books for May

With his big round eyes, toothy grin and fizzy energy, little Tommy is a character easily recognizable to both parent and child. He leaps, kicks and stomps — quite literally bringing down the house. “ ‘I’m an elephant!’ Tommy calls when he clomps./ ‘I’m an antelope!’ he hollers when he hurdles.” His worn-out family, though fond of him, finds him more than a bit irritating and can’t seem to find a way to contain his energy. A chart on the wall lists several ideas, each crossed off, while Tommy dashes down a nearby hallway. His sister suggests a tap class, but Tommy worries he’ll be surrounded by tutus. His fears go unrealized. Instead, his wonderful teacher translates the boy’s unbridled energy into dance steps. The teacher bounces (“I call this a HOP”) and kicks (“I call this a BRUSH”). When she leads the class in leaping, “Tommy leaps l-o-n-g-e-s-t!” Here, it’s okay if Tommy can’t stop: He’s got talent! Mark Fearing’s goggle-eyed characters and cartoon illustrations suit this light-hearted tale, with every page full of color and action. There’s a bit of autobiography in Tommy’s story: Author Tim Federle began dancing as a child and was in the Broadway cast of “The Little Mermaid.” But you don’t have to be theater-bound to appreciate how Tommy turns his kinetic joy into purposeful motion.Read full article >>

Anne Enright draws a rich, Irish family saga in ‘The Green Road’

In the opening scene of Anne Enright’s new novel, the eldest son announces he’s going into the priesthood, and his Irish mother lets out a series of anguished cries and flees to her bedroom. “This was not the first time their mother took to the horizontal solution,” Enright writes, “but it was the longest.” Read full article >>

‘The Strangler Vine,’ by M.J. Carter

Who can resist a tale about the real thug life?The original Thugs were purported to be a religious sect in India, whose adherents practiced a particularly brutal form of deception and murder. Gaining the confidence of travelers far from home, these gangs would wait for an opportune moment to strangle their victims, rob them of valuables and then bury the bodies, dedicating the corpses to Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction.Read full article >>

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At 11:32pm on September 14, 2009, Kay Elizabeth said…
I'm having fun finding my way around! :)
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Thank You for your welcome! I like mysteries and thrillers. I enjoy watching crime television, its interesting to see how cases are sold. And also what types of things can cause a case to go unsolved. Real stories and the entertainment shows as well. How about you?

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