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Book Review: Smack Dab In the Middle of Maybe

8 Feb

34642633.jpgSynopsis: Cricket’s had a rough go of it lately, her father has died, her mama ran off and now she’s stuck with her aunt and cousins who make her life miserable. So when an opportunity presents itself to learn the the truth about a secret room her mama’s always talked about, she takes the bull by the horns and heads out on her own to solve the clues left behind in the hopes of bringing her mama back for good.

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#blogbookaday: Baabwaa & Wooliam

3 Feb

34129054Summary:  “A hilarious and satisfying tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship from David Elliott and Melissa Sweet that is sure to have readers in stitches from start to finish.

Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit. Wooliam is a sheep who loves to read. It sounds a bit boring, but they like it. Then, quite unexpectedly, a third sheep shows up. A funny-looking sheep who wears a tattered wool coat and has long, dreadfully decaying teeth. Wooliam, being well-read, recognizes their new acquaintance: the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing! The wolf is so flattered to discover his literary reputation precedes him that he stops trying to eat Baabwaa and Wooliam. And a discovery by the sheep turns the encounter into an unexpected friendship.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This story is too much fun! With silly text and and illustrations that completely embrace that silliness, this story will be sure to have kids doubled over in laughter. I mean, how can you not laugh with text like, “It’s the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing I’ve read about.” I love Melissa Sweet’s illustrations filled with water color and mixd media – a style that is all Melissa’s and perfect for this story of sweet little sheep looking for an adventure and getting more than they bargained for in the process!

Personal Reaction: I think my favorite part was even though the wolf and sheep became friends, the wolf still would chase after the sheep every so often. It’s so funny to read aloud and I think this will be a huge hit with kids – especially preschool and young elementary school age kids who get the humor.

Title: Baabwaa & Wooliam
Author: David Elliott
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 12, 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!

#blogbookaday: How to Find an Elephant

2 Feb

33155341.jpgSummary:  “What to do on a dull gray day? Head into the wilds and look for an elephant. You will need a pair of binoculars, a blanket, a flute, some food, a little imagination, and a lot of curiosity. Look and listen closely, because elephants can be anywhere. And watch out, because if you’re not careful, the elephant may find you first!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A perfect title for the dreary, gray days of winter – what else do you do but go out and find yourself an elephant! This adorable seek-and-find story keeps readers on their toes as the main character searches for a elephant through a jungle, a rainstorm and a dessert and the reader searches each page for an elephant hidden among the illustrations.

Personal Reaction: This is an adorable story with absolutely imaginative illustrations and a little boy’s curiosity you can’t help but love. A great story for a safari-themed storytime or a one-on-one reading that will delight kids and inspire them to go on their own adventure!

Title: How to Find an Elephant
Author: Kate Banks
Illustrator: Boris Kulikov
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: November 14, 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!

#blogbookaday: The Antlered Ship

30 Jan

12Summary:  “An inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure.

Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions. The crew finds adventure and intrigue on their journey. And, at last, Marco finds the answer to his most important question of all: What’s the best way to find a friend you can talk to?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this book up, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story of adventure, friendship and the quest to answer questions. With a sailing ship, stormy seas, pirates and soggy sailors this delightful story of friendship is perfect for the kids in your life that ask questions from dawn until dusk and are always looking for adventure. Follow along with Marco, Sylvia and Victor as they search for the perfectly tasty island and the answers to the unanswerable questions that Marco continues to ask.

Personal Reaction: I absolutely loved the illustrations in this book – they are draw in pencil and pen and then colored digitally and they are soft and detailed and perfect for this adventure story on the open sea. I also loved Marco’s questions about the world – maybe not your typical questions, but questions I can totally see young children asking when they curious about the world around them.

Title: The Antlered Ship
Author: Dashka Slater
Illustrator: The Fan Brothers
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Publication Date: September 12, 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!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

3 Jan

unnamedSynopsis: After being kicked out of Eton, Henry “Monty” Montague has one last chance to drink, gamble, and sleep around before his ever-disapproving father teaches him to run the family estate or so he thought. Armed with everything you could possible need for a trip to the continent (mainland Europe) with his best friend/maybe-more-than-friend Percy and sister Felicity, Monty makes one more bad decision that leaves his traveling companions without a stagecoach, luggage, or their guide, Mr. Lockwood. What happens next is one mishap after another as the trio have no money, no means of travel and learn more about what the world holds for them. This fast-paced, fun adventure/romance/historical fiction story is a read you won’t want to put down.

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