From 2010-2012, I wrote a blog called Spine Label. At the time, I was working towards my master's degree in library science, as well as working in a public library (primarily in youth services). Spine Label was where I reviewed books, discussed programs I was implementing at my library, and occasionally wrote about library science more broadly. Spine Label is no longer online; the domain name was my maiden name and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to keep it, particularly once I left my public library job. Happily, I still have access the contents of the blog, which my husband is fond of saying is the best thing I've ever written (I'm not sure what that means for everything I've worked on since then, but I'm going with it). Since I'm writing about children's literature again, I thought it would be nice to revisit the reviews that were once posted on Spine Label, as a way of both looking at backlist titles as well as giving the reviews a proper home on the Internet again. It's worth noting that these reviews were written from the perspective of a public librarian and not necessarily the perspective of a parent.
The following post originally appeared on Spine Label on May 25, 2011.
Listening Library, 2008
Jake and Abigail are siblings who squabble about the typical sibling things: Jake’s inability to properly pronounce the word “breakfast,” Abigail’s desire to be known as “Violet Rose.” Their adventures at home and at school are told in alternately narrated, episodic chapters. The family cat, Fluzzy, also gets a chance to share his point of view (and his desire for a new name).
Kathleen McInerney provides a brilliant performance. She is masterful at portraying Jake and Abigail, as well as their parents and assorted friends. Judy Blume makes an audio cameo as the voice of Fluzzy the cat. Overall, well-done and a solid recommendation for the early elementary crowd.