#blogbookaday: Hello Lighthouse

21 May

Hello LighthouseSummary:  “Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A perfect story for a trip to the ocean this summer as you learn about all the things it used to take to keep a lighthouse in good working order to save the ships on the sea. The rhythm of the text compares to that of the waves coming onto the shore and rolling back out – a pattern that repeats over and over again. Sophie Blackall’s style of illustrating also fits the old-timey feel of lighthouse keepers, before lighthouse were automated.Definitely an interesting story of the in and outs, the daily tasks and exciting adventures of running a lighthouse.

Personal Reaction: Living in the northeastern part of our country and vacationing quite a few times in the Outer Banks, lighthouses harken back to a simpler time and for me hold a certain amount of mystery and storytelling within their walls. This is the perfect story to share if you’re heading to the beach this summer for vacation, maybe even stopping to tour a lighthouse along the way. I loved how it showed the hard work it took to keep a lighthouse running and how lonely it could be for someone all alone on a small island by themselves. The men and women who took care of lighthouses and saved endless number of ships in the process were truly heroes of their time.

Title: Hello Lighthouse
Author: Sophie Blackall
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10, 2018

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/21/18

21 May

I didn’t get a chance to read everything I wanted to this week, but I’m not counting it as a total loss! I got through a little bit of The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean, but as it’s a more in depth history of the periodic table than I really need (or want) to now, I stopped about a third of the way through. This would make an amazing read for your science  and nonfiction readers who are looking for something built more like a middle grade novel than a book of facts and figures. It was very interesting, but I decided to move on.

I did get to read Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead and although I’d love to dissect my thoughts on this one, it would lead to far too many spoilers, so I’ll just have to talk with my coworker about it this week! I also sad down and read Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed in just one sitting – I’m so glad that gorgeous cover didn’t disappoint me as a story! I’m going to review this one further as it’s own post later this week!

monday reading list2I didn’t get to Charlie & Frog by Karen Kane, but that’s my first book on my list this week, plus I’ve got The Basque Dragon by Adam Gidwitz (the second book in the Unicorn Rescue Society series), How We Roll by Natasha Friend, a young adult novel about a girl with alopecia and a boy in a wheelchair, and finally Breakout by Kate Messner.

I doubt I’ll get to all the titles I listed, especially since I’ll be heading out to my parents’ home this weekend to spend some quality time with my immediate family – all my siblings will be in town and my grandmother is also flying in, so it’ll be fun and crazy and will most likely leave very little room to get any reading done, but I can’t go away for a long weekend and not have enough to read!



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#blogbookaday: Little Red Riding Sheep

20 May

Little Red Riding Sheep.jpgSummary:  “The beloved classic, Little Red Riding Hood, has never had a cuter, more enthusiastic star than Arnold in this witty picture book that’s perfect for reading aloud.

Arnold is an eager young sheep who is excited to be in his very first book. No problem-o! Except he’s a bit big and fluffy to play Little Red Riding Hood, and he’s a tiny bit scared of the deep dark woods. Oh, and he has a friend who would be just perfect as Granny…perhaps the author wouldn’t mind a few suggestions?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: The author is all set to write a book, when Arnold the sheep decides he wants to be a part of the story, the only problem… he’s not a girl. But, the author decides to go with it, creating a really fun version of Little Red Riding Hood. This story is simple in style to Chester by Mélanie Watt. These stories are so much fun to read when the author becomes a part of the story and their characters start trying to run the show. Kids will enjoy this story, especially if they are already familiar with the original. You could even pick up a couple different versions of Little Red Riding Hood and compare and contrast the stories.

Personal Reaction: I’m a huge fan of Cale Atkinson’s work – his use of deep, rich colors and his adorable characters. He’s able to combine bright, neon colors with deep, rich tones to make great layers, very reminiscent of animated kids’ shows, which makes sense when you learn that not only is he an illustrator, but also an animator. This would be a fun read aloud for two readers – one could be the narrator and the other Arnold, the sheep.

Title: Little Red Riding Sheep
Author: Linda Ravin Lodding
Illustrator: Cale Atkinson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 8, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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