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Azalea, Unschooled by Liza Kleinman
Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear
Bisbee, Arizona, Then And Now by Boyd Nicholl
Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood
Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle
CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
CatStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington
Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye
Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III
"It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Pippi Moves In by Astrid Lindgren
Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga by Walter Havighurst
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

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Crossing the Cornfield
January inclusivity reading and shortening the gap in reviewing
On reading your own books and moving

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile: 01/01/17

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber is the sequel to the The House on East 88th Street. As a child, I remember this book being on my short list of books I was always asking my grandparents to check out for me. So like my The Cricket in Times Square post, this one is fueled by raw nostalgia.

Shopping for antiques with Lyle

Lyle is a lime green crocodile who lives in Manhattan and acts the child minder and companion to Mrs. Primm. She and he like to go out on the town running errands, browsing antique shops, and going on shopping sprees.

Unfortunately for Lyle, their neighbor has a cat who is scared to death of Lyle. The grumpy neighbor decides to get Lyle evicted and sent to the zoo. Lyle, though, is a peaceful crocodile and is willing to rise above petty revenge.

Asking about Lyle at Information.

So of course everything is eventually sorted between the neighbor, the cat, and Lyle. That leaves Lyle to have nine more adventures. I'm sure I've read other books in the series but it's this volume I remember best. I am planning to re-read through the series assuming my library has the books.

Five stars

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