The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Alfred A. Knopf Books
For those of you who read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares once upon a time, this is the book you didn't know you were waiting on. Was it better than the first? No...sadly, but it would be pretty hard to top that initial intro to these crazy kids. It WAS however, highly satisfying, emotionally evocative, and a refreshing blast of yuletide-iness just perfect for the season. The bookish duos personalities remained intact, allowing readers to find many of those "that-is-so-me" moments along the way. The way Lily described the way Christmas weather SHOULD be versus what was...perfection! I myself have uttered at least half of her monologue throughout this holiday season...seriously, Christmas Day was 80 degrees....New Year's Eve, 35. (WTH?)
Dash was a bumbling genteel gentleman once again, striving to make things oh-so-right but not quite always getting it....same can be said for Lily though. She's in a really dark place this time...think familial illness, sibling upsets, and kama sutra gingerbread couples ~shutters~...but even with "Jahna" making an appearance, you can see our Lily Bear hiding within. Just gotta break her out...leave it to Dash and friends. They got this Christmas on lock. Final note, I adored Mrs. Basil E's character....absolute love and respect for that woman! Highly recommend this read for the holiday season and beyond...
The Lost Airman:
A True Story of Escape from Nazi-Occupied France
with Peter F. Stevens
This is the reconstructed account of Arthur Meyerowitz's time in World War II. Using first hand accounts shared many years later, and declassified documents, this remarkable man's grandson has created a book that takes us on a journey back in history. It will make you cringe at the atrocities man carried out against their fellow man, shutter at the numerous close calls where capture seemed merely a breath away, and yet, in the midst of all the horror, stand in awe at the resourcefulness and inner strength found among those that would stand for what's right even in the bleakest of hours. The inclusion of pictures of many of the key players, several documents, and scenes from around the area the aircraft was downed really help to solidify that connection between the reader and those that would be subject matter.
For me, I enjoyed learning about this airman and his family, but I wasn't as keen on the deep exploration of some of the other notable characters in history that we also dive into. Yes, they were important to Arthur's quest to see his family once again, but I "signed up" for Arthur's story, not Markel's or anyone else. For me, it devoted a tad too much attention to the other gentlemen, but eventually we got back on track to see our man safely (well, he was alive, at least) home. Recommended for history fans, both military and WWII sub cat's...and a lot of dad's because I know mine was chomping at the bit to get his hands on this one. ^-^
So in answer to the question posed in the post title, yes AND no. I say don't necessarily forget, but learn from it, grow from it, and pass it on...the same can be said for the year's transition. Review copies received courtesy of the publisher and author for books 1 and 3; book 2 was a Christmas present from Mom, so my thanks to her. (THANKS!) For more information on there titles, authors, or publishers, feel free to click through the links provided above. All books featured are available now, so be on the lookout for them wherever books are sold.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!