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#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!

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#blogbookaday: Grand Canyon

29 Jan

29102876.jpgSummary:  “Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.

Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.

Weave in and out of time as perfectly placed die cuts show you that a fossil today was a creature much long ago, perhaps in a completely different environment. Complete with a spectacular double gatefold, an intricate map and extensive back matter.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This book would be the perfect choice for families visiting the Grand Canyon on vacation, for school reports, or for kids who lean toward nonfiction rather than fiction titles. Jason Chin does a great job of creating a strong narrative of a father and daughter hiking from the Inner Gorge to the top of the Grand Canyon as they experience how the Grand Canyon came to be showing different time periods throughout history to explain the habitats, including the climate, wildlife and rock layers. Jason’s beautiful watercolors show details of rock, flora, fauna and more through each page and in a similar style to Jan Brett, you don’t want to miss the the background and borders of each page as he provides even more in depth explanation of the Canyon.

Personal Reaction: I have yet to visit the Grand Canyon, although its on my list, and I felt that this book gave me so much information of what I would see when I do get a chance to visit.  I especially liked that the father and daughter were (and I’m assuming here) Asian American – it doesn’t necessarily affect the contents, but it’s refreshing to see. The information is easily accessible for children and at the same time I also learned a lot about this beautiful part of the country that I knew little about.

Title: Grand Canyon
Author: Jason Chin
Illustrator: Jason Chin
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: February 21, 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: All the Way to Havana

25 Jan

31144995.jpgSummary:  “Together, a boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba, in their old family car. Along the way, they experience the sights and sounds of the streets–neighbors talking, musicians performing, and beautiful, colorful cars putt-putting and bumpety-bumping along. In the end, though, it’s their old car, Cara Cara, that the boy loves best.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A trip to visit a brand-new, baby cousin begins and ends with father and son tinkering with their beloved old car, Cara Cara. When they get the car running, the family, neighbors and friends pile in headed to the big city as they pass beautiful cars in all the colors of the rainbow, but in the end the little boy loves his noisy, old car the best and can’t wait to be old enough to drive it himself. What I loved about the illustrations in this story is that they combined a number of media to create a realistic portrayal of life in Havana with pencil, photo overlay and digital color.

Personal Reaction: This book felt to me like being transplanted into Cuba, I could feel the warm, salty wind coming from the ocean, hear the sound of the old cars rumbling through the streets and smell the delicious food at the baby’s party. The sights and sounds are made real in the poetry of this little boy’s tale and the illustrations immediately place me there. This was a fun read with great onomatopoeia and illustrations of cars we rarely see on the roads today.

Title: All the Way to Havana
Author: Margarita Engle
Illustrator: Mike Curato
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  August 29 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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VACATION TIME

6 Sep

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I’m on vacation! I’ve got a bunch of posts that will be published while I’m away, but I won’t be on social media too much – too much to see and do! My boyfriend and I are heading to London, Paris and Venice for two weeks on our first true vacation in a long time! Our vacation time is usually spent visiting family and friends, going to weddings, etc. Not that any of those things aren’t super awesome, but they’re not usually relaxing. We’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, visiting museums and eating a ton of great food!

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  5. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  7. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
  8. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  9. Venom by Fiona Paul
  10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
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