Book Reviews

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling

Review by Nancy Hanaman

Rippey News January 18, 2021

Intriguing reading abounds on teh Juvenile Fiction shelf for young and old. J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, has created another interesting book, The Ickabog, featuring King Fred the Fearless and his two cunning and deceptive advisors, Lord Spiltleworh and Lord Flapoon and, of course, the mysterious Ickabog. This moster is described "as tall as two horses, eyes glowing balls of fire and long razor-sharp claws." King Fred turns out not to be fearless and the story reveals the truth about the Ickabog.

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg and The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

Reviews by Nancy Hanaman

Rippey News December 21, 2020

      For a heartwarming book related to Christmas, settle into your favorite chair and read A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. Set in the welcoming town of Lost River in a remote corner of Alabama, is a "place that time seems to have forgotten." Oswald Campbell taveled here from Chicago because he needs a warmer climate for his health. Jack, the redbitd, a young girl named Patsy, and a host of eccentric characters provide a humourous and moving story of hope and faith for all ages.

      Moving to 1910, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan shares the true story of a massive forest fire that destroyed vast areas in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The first major blaze faced by the fledgling Forest Service. Egan continues with the political intrigue relating to preserving and maintaining the national forest areas or opening them to continued clear cutting for lumber needs of the young country. Key figures involved were Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, wo created the idea of public land "owned and preserved for every citizen."