Recent Reads


New picture books that I love:

Wallace’s Lists by Barbara Bottner

Doodler Doodling by Rita Golden Gelman

Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems


Am I an athiest? Maybe. I think that’s what drew me to Pete Hautman’s novel, godless. Am I ready to convert to Chutengodianism? Not quite. It’s hard to believe that a group of kids would start worshipping a water tower. But they do. Jason Bock’s disgust at the church in his town and all its followers gives him an idea and he starts his own religion. But what does one do when the few followers a religious leader has decide to break the rules of the religion and go their own way? What does a religious leader do when one member takes the religion to the extreme…fundamentalist? What does a religious leader do to increase membership of the church? All interesting questions to ponder in this time, when a kind of fundamentalism is sweeping over our country. I don’t know who I would recommend this book to, perhaps a patron who really liked Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville.

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