Friday, March 24, 2023

Book Reviews:

Treat yourself to Book MAMA’s insightful and witty book reviews for moms and kids.  Her picks will have your book club reeling, and your kids begging for story time!


I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie : BOOK MAMA’s Review For Kids

By: Alison Jackson & Pictures By Judith Byron Schachner

I’ll never forget one of  my first freshmen English sections in college.  The teacher—probably a grad student—went around the table asking each of us which character in fiction we wanted to be and why.  I was horrified and petrified and the truth was I really wanted to be one of the Sweet Valley High Twins ... Read more


The Thanksgiving Bowl : BOOK MAMA’s Review For Kids

By: Virginia Kroll

In my extended family, I have by default become the unofficial Thanksgiving hostess.   No one else wants to deal with the mess, or the hassle, so I have taken over.  Ever since my first daughter was born and I went into my first post-partum “mole” period, I’ve been hosting—that baby is 10 now and her ... Read more


“Mom, Jason’s Breathing On Me!” The Solution to Sibling Bickering: Book MAMA’s Review For Kids

By: Anthony E. Wolf, PhD.

We had entered into the hot and meaty part of Summer.  It’s late July; the days are long—a little stir craziness has set in.  I wasn’t up for the economic commitment of weekly camps and Summer school, and I thought it would be nice for all of us to truly have the Summer “off.”  We ... Read more


Yes! Your Teen Is Crazy: Book MAMA’s Review for Moms

By: Michael J. Bradley, PhD.

Preemptive strike/apology/explanation: I’m recommending a non-fiction book which is more a reflection on what’s been going on around me than what I’ve been reading.  I’ve read an absurd number of novels in the last few months—nothing to be proud of really—it’s an addiction like any other, but the bottom line was that I couldn’t choose ... Read more


I Need My Monster: Book MAMA’s Review For Kids

By: Amanda Noll

I went through a period of about 18 months after my second daughter was born when I never really slept for more than 3 hours at a time.  I had a crazy 2 year old that never napped and a newborn with some health issues and strange, erratic nursing habits so I spent many long ... Read more


The Beauty Of Different: Observations Of A Confident Misfit : Book MAMA’s Review For Moms

By: Karen Walrond

“The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad? Alice: I’m afraid so.  You’re entirely bonkers, but I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.” There’s a guy that goes to my gym.  He wears old school Raybans  the entire time he’s working out.  The glasses are the Risky Business Tom Cruise kind that are a tough ... Read more


The Junkyard Wonders: Book MAMA’s Review For Kids

By: Patricia Polacco

My daughter takes guitar lessons at a groovy little music shop by the beach.  Every one of the teachers there is mellow and kind.  She’s getting really good.  I’m incredibly jealous.  Every 3-4 months, they put together a student/teacher concert and perform at the café next door.  The teachers accompany the kids.  It’s by far ... Read more

Love and Marriage

What Alice Forgot: Book MAMA’s Review For Moms

By: Liane Moriarity

Here is the premise of this story:  Alice Love pedals so hard in spin class that she shoots herself off the bike and rams her head—hard—into the bike next to hers.  She loses consciousness, and when she wakes up, she has lost 10 years of her life to amnesia.  She knows who she is but ... Read more


Drop Dead Healthy: Book MAMA’s Review for Moms

By: A.J. Jacobs

I’m lying by the pool with my older sister.  It’s spring break.  The kids are swimming.  The sun is warm, and it feels good on my skin.  I’m soaking it up—soaking up all that vitamin D mixed with UV radiation.  I know it’s not good for me.  I know it causes skin cancer.  But it ... Read more


The Sandwich Swap: Book MAMA’s Review For Kids

By: Queen Rania of Jordan al Abdullah

Some girls can only have one friend at a time.  They are “Best friend girls.”  They have the BFF and they are good to go.  This is a dangerous game because if something goes awry with the BFF then there is no safety net.  I was (and am) more of a group gal.  I have ... Read more