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#blogbookaday: Kings of the Castle

18 Sep

Kings of the Castle.jpgSummary:  “George didn’t want to waste the night moonbathing. He wanted to build a sandcastle that would turn any monster green-eyed with envy. But when George meets the strangest creature he has ever seen, the night takes an unexpected turn.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: George wanted to build the most amazing sand castle ever and when he meets a stranger on the beach, the night turns out better than George could have ever expected.

Personal Reaction: I picked this up and immediately thought of Where the Wild Things Are as the cover is reminiscent of the Sendak’s cover. This story has decidedly less rumpus and much more friendship when the stranger you meet doesn’t speak the same language as you. But, George and Nepo (the stranger) draw pictures to understand each other and in the end make the most magnificent sand castle there ever was and more importantly become good friends in the process. If you wanted to offer an art project for kids – show them the two different covers and then have them create their own cover from the inspiration. A perfect end of the summer time beach story!

Title: Kings of the Castle
Author: Victoria Turnbull
Illustrator: Victoria Turnbull
Publisher: Templar Books
Publication Date: May 1, 2016


#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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#blogbookaday: Grains of Sand

17 Sep

Grains of SandSummary:  “On the last day of a family vacation, a little girl is as blue as the sea, and her shoes are filled with sand. What should she do with all of this sand? Together, she and her brother decide to plant the grains of sand, and imagine what will grow. A field of beach umbrellas, to wave hello to the sun? Or a forest of windmills, to fill the sails of a boat? Before drifting off to sleep, the girl has her dad promise they’ll go back for new grains of sand next year.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A little girl returns from the beach with sand in her shoes and she and her brother decide to plant the sand to see what grows. Using their imagination, the kids imagine a field of beach umbrellas, windmills, massive sandcastle and more.

Personal Reaction: I really liked these pencil drawn illustrations with blue and yellow highlights that carry you through the story. I also loved the translation of this story – originally written in French, it was well done and clear and easily understood. Sometimes, things get lost in translation, but this story worked really well! It’s the perfect story for the end of summer, with a promise to visit the beach again next year.

Title: Grains of Sand
Author: Sibylle Delacroix
Illustrator: Sibylle Delacroix
Publisher: Owlkids Books
Publication Date: April 15, 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? 9/17/18

17 Sep

I was so extremely busy this past week! I worked my normal hours, plus had a Board meeting Monday night and went to three open houses on Tuesday-Thursday. I ended up coming home at 5pm, walking the dog , grabbing something to eat and leaving again by 6 and then not getting home until 8:30!

Then on Friday, I took the day off and was able to get a lot of stuff done at home – deep cleaned our master bedroom and started demo work on the garage. After that horrible storm we had a few weeks ago, I’m still dealing with water damage, so we pulled out all the drywall and insulation from all the walls and ceiling and and we’re having someone come in to give us a quote for spray foam insulation… hopefully it won’t cost too much! I hate spending my entire weekend on a project that’s really not that exciting – I mean the garage isn’t big enough to drive a car into and so it’s a glorified storage space (but it will look really nice when we’re all finished with it!)

Needless to say, I got started on The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart and am really liking it already, but spent very little time reading this week as I was constantly on the move. I’m hoping to have a little more time this week, but we’re finishing up the blog migration and there’s just a few more things we’re trying to iron out and hope to have the blog up and running late this week or by Monday at the latest!


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