QUICK NOTE...Update: 10/10/19
Good news: We're back home! Bad news: It's like Apocalypse Heck Part III.
The one year Hurricane Michael anniversary is already here. Where did the time go...and yet it feels like forever. You don't realize how much you take for granted until it's all gone. I'm grateful my family/fur babies survived, and I know they are just "things", but sadly, in this life, those "things" help us get through every day. So yes, "happy" yet not. Every day is still a struggle...not just for my family, but so many others.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my bookish adventures. It helps remind me I'm not alone in this crazy journey called life.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
I must apologize for the opening, I've kind of got Halloween on the brain (with it being tomorrow plus I am typing this post while dressed as a princess since we had some kiddos some through today), how about you? It's actually kind of appropriate, that portion of the song I mentioned earlier, in light of today's book choice. Without further ado...(trumpets sound) P-R-E-S-E-N-T-I-N-G, today's pick is....
Angus was born in the season of the pumpkin, or more frequently referred to as fall. (YAY! Another fall birthday!) The light that came from the sky that morning was likened to a giant pumpkin, filling the sky with it's beauty, warth, and life. This same light inhabited the young boy...at least until one fateful Halloween. You see, each year young Angus would revel in the glorious arrangement of carved pumpkins on display in the general store. Keeping watch for hours, the boy would draw as many faces as possible in the time alloted by his parents to display on his own wall until the following year. This year however, time escapes the lad. Coming home much later than anticipated, he is sent to his room both pumpkin pie-less and picture-less by his worried parents, leaving bare walls and an empty tummy.
Strange things will happen when the normal order of things is thrown off course...he floats off to a dreamless sleep awakening to find himself in the loft of his family's barn. How on earth did he wind up there? No matter...all seems right in the world as he catches a whiff of his mother's pie! Racing down for a slice, he steals away to the cornstalk field to enjoy. But wait, what was that? It seems the scarecrow has a bit much to say about his little mis-adventure and places an enchantment on the boy, only to be broken when the magic pumpkin which he now guards is finally carved...oh, did I mention he is now a dog? Will Angus be restored to his own form? How can he complete the task set before him without a voice? (You know the drill....you must read to reveal all!)
Well, as this seems to be one of my shortest book review posts to date, I think I'll leave the COMMENT CREATOR off of this particular post and let you (the readers) breeze through in passing....of course, if you'd like to comment or pose a question, I'm all ears. Oh, and in the spirit of the season...try carving your own (virtual) pumpkin...fun for all!
Until next time....happy reading!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A quick reminder to those of you that have not entered, we have two contests running currently. One ends the 30th, the other on the 31st. Check out the links to both in the right sidebar under "Current Contests". And now...on to today's book! The ARC (advanced reader copy) title for review today came to me as a result of a mini-Twitter contest from Random House Kids. (Thank you! Love the prize!) I just received it on Monday, but couldn't wait to read it...it just looked too cute! (You'll see...) Without further ado, today's choice is....
Kit Feeny: On the Move
Meet the Feeny's. You have mother, father, two sisters, and Kit...sound fairly typical right? Believe me, the story is anything but! The Feeny family is preparing to move (To where you ask? It remains unknown...but think further than a drive, closer than a boat trip.) and one member of their group is less than happy about this turn of events. Kit wants no part in this adventure, and yet as in life so goes it in fiction, he must go with his family....it doesn't mean he has to like it! From secretly trying to move his friend along with him (in a box with loads of pillows) to the "awesome stupid" (gotta love that phrase from the book) Hawaiian shirts he picks out for his new school wardrobe, you never quite know what Kit will do next. Add to this equation a bus-riding bully, and (twin?) kid sisters that are more concerned with how they look and smell (strange add-in yes, but funny!) than their brothers plight. Not to worry, Kit has a plan...or should I say several!
Let me start out "my" portion of the review by saying I am not a comic book reader. (GASP! I know...shocking right?) To all of you die-hard fans of this genre whether it be the single issue comic releases or the $10 a pop manga books that seem to fly off the shelves at the bookstore, I just can't see the draw. (STOP! It's no use writing up a long email to explain the virtues of it to me and try for a "conversion"...it won't happen...sorry! However, I do respect each readers right to like what they like and share it with others! With that in mind...may I continue now? **pause for your approval** Thank you...moving on.) So, when I first saw this book offered through a Twitter post, I didn't immediately submit a DM (for those of you not on Twitter...that means 'direct message'). Time passed and the world kept turning....low and behold, another tweet appeared offering the same book. Well, I checked it out this time to see what I as well as others were perchance missing. The cover looked cute, the story sounded decent...one DM later and I had won myself a copy. (Yay me!) Boy was I glad that I did....
First off, it is an ARC copy. Now there is nothing wrong with them (personally love them since more often than not you get them before the book is released to John Q. Public) but due to their nature, they can be quite plain in design. I mean you are reviewing the story, not just the awe inspiring (or not) cover. This one was a bit different. Take a closer look at the picture at the top of this post. Go ahead, I'll wait. (insert Jeopardy music here....da da da dada da da da, da da da da DA da da da da da....you're back? Good..) Did you see what the caption says? In my opinion, that was a really cool way to work in the ARC fact. It blends right into the book, yet makes a statement of its own.
Next, we have the drawings....so much fun! Staying mostly to the pencil drawn, black and white classic effect with orange thrown in for a little twist, it makes you feel like you are reading something made just for you by a close friend, instead of a mass produced title. (That's a good thing!) On to the cast of loveable characters...I really liked how they interacted with each other. Although some of the references in the conversations bubbles were sort of odd (in my opinion), it was thoroughly enjoyable! The bully with his bad attempts at humor, the mom with her well-intentioned meddling, even the sisters with their crazy taunting were all a blast. Now Kitt on the other hand...
He's not actually a trouble maker, despite the situations he gets into. Really he is just your normal average kid dealing with leaving all he knows behind in exchange for everything unknown....scary prospect at any age. He does the best he can (and better than some) in his new surroundings, ultimately discovering the truth hidden beneath the surface. Whether near or far, a friend will still remain a friend. It's okay to make new friends...you're not dishonoring the memories you share or knocking them out of the ranking of "first friend". You are simply moving forward and adding more loved ones along the way....your own merry band of followers to laugh, cry, smile, and share the ups and downs of life.
Special thanks once again to Random House Kids for the terrific Twitter contest prize! (Love it!) Be sure to check out their website or "follow" (still sounds creepy...) them on Twitter for the latest and greatest. Also the author's name near the top of the post links to his website. Check out the author bio page...laughs abound.
So let's see...what shall we talk about today, besides the book/review of course....ah, how about this. Keeping on the same topic as this book (moving), have you ever moved a great distance from your hometown? What was the best thing and worst thing about the experience?
My family moved from Pennsylvania down to Florida in the early 1990's. It was quite a change. Missed my friends, although we did write to stay in touch....loved the more casual school uniforms! Oh, was not a fan of the heat though (still not too much)....we left 5 inches of snow and arrived in upper 90 degree weather.
Until next time....happy reading!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Francesca Lia Block
Charlotte Emerson has it all. Beauty, wealth, her "health"...and all the time in the world. That's probably the biggest plus in being what she is....a vampire. Or is it? Once upon a time, Charlotte was afterall, human. She had a mother and father just like you and me. Additionally, she had a brother, Charles, whom she loved and adored. They were inseparable...at least until his untimely death. Unable to fully cope with his passing, Ms. Emerson treads the darkened waters of her life with unsteady hands. Fast forward one year and we find Charlotte in attendance at a costume ball. During this party, she meets a young man by the name of William Stone Elliot. He is charming, handsome, and....undead. She doesn't make this realization right away, but once discovered she is unable to pull away from his charms as well as the offering for an escape from the life she's been left.
With unnatural eternal life, one does not always get what they bargained for and now Charlotte is trapped with her sadness and regret for all time...or so she believes. Many many years later, she finds refuge in a California estate and becomes fast friends despite her best efforts with Emil Rossdale. She has a rather sordid past through no fault of her own and like her, seeks an escape from that dreaded time. Can Charlotte offer that escape to her? What of Emily's boyfriend Jared Dorian Pierce? Although doting on the outside, there seems to be a spark of something yet to be every time he looks at Charlotte. Many questions abound....but what will the outcome be?
Offering a new spin (well, at least to this reader) on the classic vampire novel, author Francesca Lia Block enters into ground as yet untested by allowing her vampires the possibility of becoming human once again. Logically speaking, not quite sure how that could happen (although I know when speaking logicially vampires should probably not be the subject, but just go with me here) as vampires are "undead" creatures (some more dreamy than others....) of the night void of blood, heart and (in most cases, assumed) soul. Humans are the exact opposite (for the most part...with a few rare exceptions). How does one go from "undead" to "undead-no-more"? A massive blood transfusion? A body transplant? Stepping back into the world of pure fantasy, her idea works. Even if it may seem rather odd, I found it to be a nice unexpected twist to the story. (nope, not gonna tell you if one of them does or doesn't go through this....you have to read it for yourself!)
On a side note, I must say that the attendance to descriptions and details is rather interesting as well. It seems that the author utilizes them quite frequently to instill a connection within the story to time, place and character. The use of color often makes even the feelings of the moment stronger than it would have been without...KUDOS on that! Now on to the downside (I promise to be nice, but I must mention)....
This is a young adult novel. Grant it I am not the one that decides what can or can not be in a book of this genre, however I did find a few things that kept jolting me in this book. First of all, I was totally drawn to this book by both the cover and reviews....a first in my experience. Second, I really wanted to love this story. (Ever have that when the title, cover, and hype create this vision of a book you will love?) Now, don't get me wrong, I did LIKE the story, but not love...here's why. Every time the storyline kept drawing me in, I was fished right back out by some of the discussions. (What do I mean? Hang on to your hat...okay, maybe just pull it down a little...)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
While going about my daily Twitter activities of tweeting, and retweeting, I swapped over to my "@ME" messages to discover one from a "newbie" follower. To repeat (*COUGH*retweet*COUGH) it without an actual quote, it's message was simply that I had too many contest tweets and retweets so they were "un-following" me. (PAUSE.....just giving you time to let that sink in..) After my I was certain my eyes weren't deceiving me (I mean I have glasses, but this made me think I had someone else's), I stopped to consider their "complaint".
Twitter was created for (okay, if not created for, then used for at the very least) social networking and more recently "business" networking. If one doesn't tweet, one can not participate. If one sees an AWESOME tweet about whatever it may be without sharing a re-tweet, than that flow of information has been cut short. I don't care if it's about a new book (do I really DO care...that's not what I meant...keep reading), your recent trip to the movies, or your new puppy (love puppies...want to pet and hug and oh, wait, I've off track again...), it's up to me whether I read it, pass it along, or ignore it all together.
I would like to open this topic up to YOU, the readers of this blog. What are your thoughts on the whole Twitter phenomenon? Love it? Hate it? Follow all, none, or somewhere in-between? Is there a limit to what you will "allow" when you follow someone? Thoughts, comments, feedback...bring on the friendly discussion of this rather interesting (in my opinion) "debate".....
Until next time....happy reading! (Retweet!) (sorry, I couldn't resist)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
You've chose an exciting day to stop by indeed as we are playing host for our second Book Blog Tour of the month (and of the life of this blog thus far! Yay!). Exciting, isn't it? But WAIT....there's more! Today will be a first indeed as along with the fabulous info imparted, YOU will HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES! That's right....our very FIRST contest! (*~*happy dance*~*) So without further ado, allow me to introduce our "post guest" of the day. It is a children's book dealing with nature, our relationship with it, and a story of both forward thinking and wonder. Today's Book Blog Tour star is....
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebekah Raye is an artist beloved for her bird and animal paintings and sculpture. Her warm, expressive work is derived from her affinity with the natural world around her at her studio and home in East Blue Hill, Maine (where she had a bear visitor not too long ago). She illustrated Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin and is the author and illustrator of The Very Best Bed. Rebekah shares her love of art and her skills in workshops for adults and children and makes frequent school visits.
- An original sketch from Thanks to the Animals
Until next time....happy reading!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Now on with the show.... You must be wondering about the title of today's post (you know you were). 'Monkey of Steel'....I just couldn't help myself! You'll see why in a few moments (or at least I hope you do or this will be rather awkward). Today's book choice is....
A Different Kind of Hero
Leah Beth Evans
Meet Tomagochi. He isn't your typical hero (but, you probably guessed that from the book title) as hero's usually go. He's not super strong, super fast, super loud, or....well pretty much "super" anything. He's just plain Tomagochi...small, brown, fuzzy monkey from the rainforest. Why is he so worried about being "super"? Well, when you have special friends like the mighty tiger and the ravishing toucan, and you are just a seemingly plain monkey, how could you not feel down? (Poor monkey!) Though his friends try to tell him it's what's on the inside that counts (Great message!), Tomagochi has a hard time accepting it. One day, their little corner of heaven is threatened by man's progress. There are BIG bull dozers threatening to tear down the very place they call home! (GASP!) What's a rainforest dweller to do? Run for the hills with his friends? Or stand up and fight for their home? In the end, Tomagochi discovers that no matter your size, shape, or color, there is truly something special or "super" about us all.
A wonderful message for readers young and young at heart...it's not what's on the outside, but what's on the inside that counts. Often times in society, we see the exact opposite. I mean whether it be with each other or simply with a book, we judge by the cover. It takes a genuine effort to look behind the veil and into the layers underneath (hmmm, this sounds more like a cake than a person, but anywho...) to find out what truly makes them the fantastic person they are.
I must say that aside from the cute (yet short....again it's technically a picture book) story, the illustrations were rather unique as well! They give the appearance of being drawn with oil pastels (they are kind of like chubby crayons, in case you haven't seen them), thus adding to the personality of each character. Also, in-between the full fledge drawings, you have what I would call "cut-outs" of the different animals and symbols in the book. You'll see an outline effect of a monkey (white space in the middle) and the actual monkey picture will be peeking at you off-center of the outline, thereby creating the "cut-out" effect. It's actually pretty neat. One more quick tidbit....for all of you aspiring writers out there, this story came as a result of a rainforest research project the author was given in fourth grade! So you see...you never know where your inspiration is going to come from....all of your experiences when funneled properly can become the golden moments you seek for your next endeavor!
Review copy courtesy of Nicole at Tribute Books! (Thanks!) You can see their other titles online and of course they are follow-able (new word!) on Twitter as well!
So, in the spirit of Tomagochi, I ask you to consider your past reads. Name one book that you read despite a cover that was lacking that certain oomph or that you less-than-loved. Why did you read it? What was the outcome (was it good, bad, ugly, somewhere in-between)?
Feel free to leave your comments and feedback!
Until next time....happy reading!
Monday, October 19, 2009
How to Catch and Keep a Vampire
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to date one of the undead? (I see heads nodding...) Of course you have...and who could blame you? With the influx of books and movies featuring a new spin on this archetypal character of the night, they have turned into everything a girl could dream of. Dashing, daring, gorgeous, dedicated, astounding beings that creep into our dreams and sweep us off our feet. But what about the vampires of old? You know...the ones that scared the "hee bee gee bees" out of us as children (or adults) no matter what medium they were presented in. Surely they haven't just disappeared or changed their tune.....not to worry they are still out there in force and apparently welcome the prospect of dating you!
Author Diana Laurence provides readers with a rather unique dating guide....to the undead. If you've ever wanted to know what might happen should you be tempted to the other end of the dating pool, this is a book for you. (Or for those just curious enough to wonder what if....and then have a good chuckle.) Does the blood letting part of the relationship scare you a bit? According to her research, they are not all out to just drain you dry....many are looking for companionship (and many in this case not only refers to the vampires, but the number of companions.....). Long to have the ultimate protector and mate by your side? Be prepared to share! With all the time they have on their hands, they are not big on the monogamy bit. Ever wonder if that new red ribbon bracelet trend was really ALL about a religious following? Maybe yes, maybe no (remember, this is all in good fun...no offense meant to anyone)....some may say it signals a true "believer" of another sort. Depending upon the wrist it is displayed, there is another connotation of it all together.
When I first saw the title for this in my Shelf Awareness newsletter, I thought to myself....now that sounds like fun! (Not the dating the undead part, the book itself! Although....) I mean it's October. The month of spooky, creepy, scary, fun-ness....what better time to read a book about snagging the attention of the opposite undead sex? Lucky me, I was able to procure a copy of this for my reading pleasure and your review-reading enjoyment! I have to say, it was pretty good! Presented from a first person "how-to" stand point, it deals with your inclinations in a serious yet friendly fashion....after all, the author is telling you about her experiences first hand, including one that may lead to her having a new perspective by books end.... (nope, I'm not going to tell you how it turns out...that would spoil the fun!) Entertainment for both the timeless romantic as well as the "bad girl wannabe" in us all, it allows readers to take a look at dating the darker side. After reading up on the pros and cons from somewhere who's "been there, done that"...see if you aren't the least bit tempted....
The ARC of this book was received courtesy of Andy of Sellers Publishing, Inc. (THANKS!)
Who is your favorite vampire and why? (Can be from books or movies.) Do you vote for the good guy, the bad guy, or the run-for-your-life guy? Whether you've actually thought about this or not, give it a go! I'm rather curious to see who turns up....
Feel free to leave your comments and feedback.
Until next time....happy reading!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Today's post is similiar to another recent one in the fact that I am letting the actual book title act as the post title as well. (Well, if not for the length, come on! The title is pretty cool anyone, right?) Today's book of choice (for those of you that DIDN'T read the title) is.....
WHOO-whoo-WhOo! (insert flashing red lights) This is a HUMOR ALERT! Inside the pages of this book, you will not only find a memoir of sorts detailing the life and times of a radio personality (okay, spokesperson, disc jockey...whatever terminology works for you, go with it), but humor to boot!
Ever have a time when you wondered why people do such silly (*COUGH**stupid*COUGH*) things? Do you just file these instances away in the "forget-as-soon-as-possible" folder? Or are you the person that gets online and types up a storm on the lastest thing that crossed you today? Whether former or later, not to worry...there are many like you out there in either case. Jim Rising, author and "subject" of this book has the privilege of talking about his "weighings on the mind" almost whenever the mood strikes....such is the freedom of life on the radio! If you've tuned to any local station recently, you are sure to have heard the DJ's talking about this or that. If you are like me, you probably tune them out half the time and either wait for a song to play, or change the station. There are however those rare occasions when the person's personality comes through in what they are delivering and it just hits home. This book is a collection of just that. Daily "rantings" of situations encountered, thoughts entertained, and various what-not to spark conversation, laughter, and maybe your own remembrances. Take it in all at once, or merely in small doses....but I'd definitely recommend this book the next time you encounter a "what the heck" kind of day.
Now I may be a bit partial on this one, and no....not because of how I obtained the book (don't worry, it's disclosed at the end of this post). After being contacted by Nicole from Tribute Books, I was surprised to learn that not only are they located in Scranton, Pennsylvania (ah, it feels good to spell that out again), but the author and subject, Jim Rising, lives in the general vicinity, thereby making his stories and recollections all about that area! (SQUEEEE!) So....oh, wait, you look confused? Why is that important to me? Oops! Forgot to mention that. My family was transplanted to our current location FROM around the same location in PENNSYLVANIA! (LOVE spelling that! You know in school up there, it's like one of the FIRST words you learn how to spell. Yep, no PA abbreviations for you. Spell it out or face the consquences....) (overly dramatic, yes! But worth the effect..) So, as you might be able to guess, this was like a walk down memory lane...at least in the aspect of locations mentioned and such.
The stories were highly entertaining and although some of that may come from an understanding of the sense of humor and living in the area he is speaking of, I feel it would be entertaining to "outsiders" (meant in the nicest way) as well! Give it a try! You can't tell me that you've never seen someone seriously investigating the most outrageously crazy item being sold at a sale and wondered, "why on earth would anyone buy that or sell it"....or maybe you've seen a great event coming up in your area only to discover the main act is minus a few players and the main draw is the refreshments....or maybe you've had a bird feeder that mysteriously ends up clear across the yard and your thinking OMG, it's Super Squirrel! (Okay, so I'll stop now...it's really something you have to read to understand...***laughing at the screen***)
Review copy in eBook format courtesy of Nicole at Tribute Books! (Thank you for both the book and the smile!) For those of you that live in the Twitter world (GUILTY!), feel free to "follow" them! (Who isn't on there nowadays?)
Since I am now reminiscing about home (and SNOW...I really miss snow!), let's talk about YOUR hometown! Which state and/or country (city too, if you are willing to share...if not, no big!) to you originally hail from? What was your favorite thing about it? Least?
Feel free to leave your comments and feedback!
Until next time...happy reading!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Picture it...Ghastly, Illinois circa 1874. (Thank you Sylvia for the borrowing of your famous opening line for flashbacks....don't know who I mean? Uh! Anywho...) Olive C. Spence is the proud owner of a fabulous newly built mansion (named Spence Mansion...I wonder why..). She has it all to herself for alas, she never married nor had any children. Not to worry though...she has a passion...one many of you might share. She is a mystery writer! Her only problem...getting published! She tries and tries and tries so more, only to end up at death's door with many a masterpiece lacking an audience. She vows to haunt the home she had built until one of her works finally reaches publication.
Time passes and the house falls to a new couple....the Hopes. They are different than most as they are not just seeking residence, they are seeking the ghost! (GASP!) Yes, my friends, they are professors of the paranormal aiming to "study" the phenomenon associated to this place. Unfortunately for them, Ms. Spence is real, but wants nothing to do with their greedy ways. Instead, and much to their dismay, she befriends their young son Seymour Hope and his cat Shadow; encouraging him to practice his favorite pasttime...drawing! One day, the Hopes leave for a lecture in Paris, but "forget" one important detail....to bring Seymour! Or did they? It seems that this "inconvenience" was rather convenient for them since the ghost was being uncooperative, thus disproving their lives work. What's a boy to do? All alone in a mansion with no one to care for him....or is he? It seems he may be out of traditional parents, but he does have one ghostly caretaker and a newly residing author named Ignatius B. Grumply more than willing to be in his company (meaning both "in the same room" and "business" for the three band together to write a ghost story!).
It would seem all things have worked out for young Seymour, but alas, just when the road seems clear of obstacles, some generally tend to pop up. Enter one Dick Tater (giggle...sorry, the names are so funny!) and the IMSPOOKY (International Movement for the Safety and Protection Of Our Kids and Youth....whew! There's a mouthful!). If his agency did what it's long-winded name stood for, it would be supported by any and all. In this case, he blindly sets out to remove both Seymour and Iggy from the house shared with Olive and end the so called charade that's been transpiring. Will this be the end of their happy little trio? What of the promised continuation of the ghost story they were working on? Has it all been a hoax? You'll have to read it to find out....(I am NOT spoiling this one for you! It's a quick read but a fun one!)
Alrighty, so the title being as long as it is, I opted to use it all by its lonesome for this post (the longer the title, the longer the link). What can I say? In summary, I absolutely....LOVED this book! (*~*happy dance*~*) Despite not having read the first in the series (hmm, this seems to be a trend of late, but one I will remedy...I like to start at the beginning!), I was completely under its spell. First off, it's not like any other book I have seen thus far in the way it was put together. It's not your typical story even though it reads as one. The pages are made up of various mediums/styles...from photo albums to scrapbooks, newspapers to postcards, and personal letters to scripts. Even though this may sound a bit odd, trust me it really works!
Secondly, the fun is not only in the story, but in the details! We start out with a drawn map, listing places such as Antiques, Pet Store, Funeral Parlor, and...the Home for the Deranged. (LOL) You've gotta love that the last two were included, it's just so quirky! Then we have the names of the cast of characters encountered. A few include the President of the Bank...Ms. Fay Tality; the owner of Ghastly Lock and Key, Mr. Ike N. Opennitt; the funeral director, Karry N. Barry; and last but not least, the owner of the Gourmand, Shirley U. Jest. (I'll give you a moment to stop laughing......still going, okay another moment......alrighty, my post is getting really long, come up for air for a second and then go back to it.) Whilst still in the "looney-bin", Ignatius creates a way of communicating with his cell neighbor through a series of knocks. One being "A", two being "B, and so on. They even close out a letter or two with the code!
Finally, in mentioning the way the book is gathered, the letters from each main character have a small touch of themselves as well with including their titles in relation to contributions made. Ignatius is "a writer in residence", Olive is "ghost writer in residence", and Seymour is "illustrator in residence". In the end, the imparted message is clear. Behind the fun, mystery, and laughter, families come in all shapes and sizes. There is no cookie cutter version to which they can all be compared. Families are made by the love that is shared, the mistakes that are learned from, and the triumphs that are achieved. Highly recommended for readers young and young at heart! (seriously, you need to read this....)
The review copy for this book was made available to me by the fabulous folks over at NetGalley! (Thanks guys!) If you haven't checked out their site, you really should...it's great! (No, FTC people, I wasn't paid to say this or anything....I just really enjoyed the book and want to share the wealth!) Of course, they are also on the endearingly fun (just love those adjectives today) website we all know and love...Twitter!
Ha! I bet you thought I forgot, didn't you? Nope! I love comments and if you don't feel like commenting on the book review (*sniff*sniff*) then at least take a stab at the question posed! =0)
If you were a ghost, what would be the first thing you would do? Now remember, you have any ghostly powers that you can imagine and the world is your playground....what would you tackle first?
Feel free to leave your comments and feedback!
Until next time....8 knocks 1 knock 16 knocks 16 knocks 25 knocks 18 knocks 5 knocks 1 knock 4 knocks 9 knocks 14 knocks 7 knocks!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Next week we have another book tour coming through with a chance to win a great prize pack....stay tuned for more info. Last but not least, the last week of October we will be holding an extra special contest with the help of a great YA author I've sure you've all heard of. She's pretty "wicked" to be sharing of her "possessions" with us for the contest so be sure to check it out! (Yes, those ARE hints as to whom the author is!) That's all for now....and with the show! The focus of today's post is on a little Halloween fun! Today's book choice is....
A Job for Wittilda
Caralyn and Mark Buehner
The story of one kind-hearted witch that stays her ground no matter the circumstances and shows the world you can do what's right and still end up on top! Wittilda is a cat lover...how do you know this? Well apart from the cover, the story says as much....since she has 47 little ones to care for. (Yep, 47! I'm a pet lover too, but that's even a bit much for me!) In true storybook fashion....one day the cupboard was bare, leaving hungry little kitties to contend with. What's a girl to do? Well short of magically making more food or money appear, we are left with the obvious choice....get a job!
Yes, our little literary hero-in-the-making is tuned in to today's modern world despite her affection for so many fuzzy friends. Getting a job for most is rather easy (with today's ecomony aside of course), it's all a matter of choosing what you are interested in most or at least willing to do to make the dough you seek (just being honest!). For someone as unique as Wittilda, that gets a little trickier. Hairdresser, exterminator....pizza delivery girl? She tries one and all....but witch, I mean which, one will fit her nature as well as help her with nurturing her little friends? Take a quick break with this trickless Halloween treat to find out!
The cover of this delightful tail....I mean tale, was enough to draw me in! Such a cute assortment of kittens with an industrious little witch peering out at you, how could I resist? The pictures within the book are just are great...kind of a cross between a drawing and a painting with beautiful colors to draw the eye of a child as well as those that just want a little holiday fun (GUILTY!). The rhyming style reminded me of the infamous "Twas the Night Before Christmas", so although you may not be familiar with this particular story or author, it welcomes you as an old friend. It is a quick read (children's picture book, but of course) but definitely time well spent!
Since the Halloween festivites are fast approaching, let's make them the focus of this query....out of the costumes you've worn over the years, which one was your favorite and why? If you didn't dress up for the holiday, choose your favorite that you've seen out and about!
Mine...I think I would say Snow White. It was (okay, is) a really pretty costume I picked up at our local Target store for a trip down to Disney's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. It was a blast and the costume got rave reviews! (Yes, my hair was short and dark like hers so I actually had one child think I WAS her...I played along for the grateful parents sake.) =0)
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Until next time....happy reading!