Book Reporter: Hello everyone! This is the Book Reporter and today I am going to interview Miss Ronyell about her thoughts on Emma Darcy’s o4.5 stars
Book Reporter: Hello everyone! This is the Book Reporter and today I am going to interview Miss Ronyell about her thoughts on Emma Darcy’s one hundredth book, “The Master Player!” Hello Miss Ronyell!
Ronyell: Hello Book Reporter! Nice to meet you!
Book Reporter: So I see that you have just recently read Emma Darcy’s book, “The Master Player.” Could you give us a brief summary on this book?
Ronyell: Certainly! Basically, “The Master Player” is about a young star actress named Chloe Rollins who is married to a popular screenwriter named Tony Lipton and has her mother, Stephanie Rollins, as her agent. Life was going well for Chloe until a horrible scandal between Tony and her personal assistant, Laura Farrell, threaten to destroy Chloe’s career, until a handsome billionaire named Maximilian Hart saves Chloe from getting her reputation ruined when he takes her to live with him at his mansion. Of course, Chloe has heard rumors that Max is a player and she notices that Max not only wants to rescue her, but steal her heart in the process too!
Book Reporter: Wow! This book does sound interesting! So what did you think about Emma Darcy’s writing style?
Ronyell: I loved the way that Emma Darcy made this book extremely dramatic and heartwarming at the same time. The scenes where Chloe confronts her mother, Tony and Laura were extremely well done as these scenes were seriously intense and greatly confirmed Chloe’s fear of them. I was actually on the edge of my seat when I was reading these scenes between Chloe and her family. I also loved the sexual scenes between Max and Chloe, even though there were rarely any in this book and one of the sex scenes in this book were a little bit too explicit, but nicely done. I will admit that whenever Emma Darcy spelled certain words like “realize” to “realise,” I was a little confused, but because the story was so interesting, I did not mind about the spellings in this book.
Book Reporter: Who were your favorite characters and what do you like about them?
Ronyell: My favorite characters in this book were Chloe and Max and what I liked about Chloe’s character was that at first she did not know how to defend herself since she was told what to do almost her entire life; however, as the book evolves Chloe becomes a stronger and more independent character that I really enjoyed reading through. The character who truly stood out the most for me was Maximilian Hart (or Max for short) because he was truly an awesome character. Not only was he described as being an extremely muscular man, which is an aspect that I loved about most romance heroes, but he was an extremely considerate and independent character who truly cares for Chloe’s feelings and tries everything in his power to protect her. My favorite scene with Max was when he literally threw Tony out of his mansion when he was threatening Chloe and that just showed so much man power for me!
Book Reporter: So you love muscular men in romance novels, do you?
Ronyell: I most certainly do!
Book Reporter: What rating did you give this book?
Ronyell: I gave this book a four and a half rating because it seems like Chloe did not trust Max enough to commit to a serious relationship with him. Even I though I liked the idea of Chloe being independent, I think that she rarely trusted Max and she was pretty oblivious to Max’s affections for her. Also, Max practically helped Chloe with being independent and he also protected and cared for Chloe. I know that Chloe has trust issues with Max because of her rough life with her mother and Tony, but she should have confided her problems to Max and also when her mother made accusations against Max not being able to love her back, Chloe rarely stood up for Max and she sort of let what her mother and Tony said affect her feelings for Max, which is probably why there were not many romantic scenes between Max and Chloe until a hundred pages later.
Book Reporter: I understand that this is the first book that you have read from the Harlequin Presents series. Any final thoughts on this book are you planning on reading more books from the Harlequin Presents series?
Ronyell: Overall, I thought that “The Master Player” was a great romance novel and I am sure that many romance fans will definitely enjoy this book! Yes, now that I have read this book, I am definitely looking forward to reading more books from the Harlequin Presents series!
Book Reporter: Thank you for your time Ronyell! Well, there you have it everyone! Be sure to check this book out at your local library or your local bookstore! ...more
I have been reading many works by Demi lately and now I wish to share my excitement about a Chinese folktale I have recently read called “The Empty PoI have been reading many works by Demi lately and now I wish to share my excitement about a Chinese folktale I have recently read called “The Empty Pot.” “The Empty Pot” is a Chinese folktale by Demi which is about the Emperor of China making a proclamation throughout China that whoever can plant him the most beautiful flower will the successor for his throne. “The Empty Pot” is truly one of the most clever folktales about honesty that was ever created!
A Long time ago in China, there lived a boy named Ping who grew the most beautiful flowers in all of China. Now, Ping was not the only person in China who loved flowers since all the people loved flowers, especially the Emperor. Unfortunately, the Emperor was getting old and he needed a successor for his throne and so he decided to issue a proclamation that whoever can grow the most beautiful flower from the seed he gives out will be the successor to his throne. All the children in the kingdom received their seeds from the Emperor and they all started planting their seeds, including Ping.
Brilliant and beautiful this book is all about! Demi has done an excellent job at both writing and illustrating this book about the importance of being honest with others. What I really loved about this book was how the Emperor used the flower contest as a way of seeing who is worthy of being his successor and I loved the fact that Demi brought out the message that honesty is what makes a good ruler and I totally agree! I also loved the character Ping as he is honest and he tries his hardest to grow a beautiful flower and the honest characteristic is what I loved the most about Ping! Demi's illustrations are just simply beautiful, especially of the images of the blossom trees around China and I also loved the appearances of the children themselves as they are extremely cute and they always wear a smile on their faces, especially at the idea of growing the most beautiful flower to impress the Emperor!
All in all, “The Empty Pot” is a brilliant book about the importance of honesty and anyone who loves Chinese folktales will definitely enjoy this book! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since some of the Chinese names might be a bit hard for smaller children to understand.
I have read many of Eric Metaxas’s works through Rabbit Ears Productions, a popular children’s series during the 80s and 90s. Imagine my surprise whenI have read many of Eric Metaxas’s works through Rabbit Ears Productions, a popular children’s series during the 80s and 90s. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon one of his recent works that is written in poetic format! “It’s Time to Sleep, My Love” is a poetic children’s book by Eric Metaxas along with illustrations by Nancy Tillman and it is about how both humans and animals are telling their children to go to sleep. “It’s Time to Sleep, My Love” is a great children’s book for children who love reading about sleep during their bedtime stories.
Wow! I never would have imagined that I would read a bedtime poem so eloquently written as this book was! Eric Metaxas has done a splendid job at writing this book as it is truly cute and inspiring while letting many children know about the true meaning of sleep. Eric Metaxas made this book truly memorable by describing everyone sleeping through poetry and my favorite quote in this book is:
“It’s time to sleep, my love, my love.”
Just that refrain alone is enough to make the audience feel the magic of dreams through this story and I also loved the way that the phrase “my love” always pops up because it is extremely cute to read over and over again and that phrase helps the audience realize how all the animals and humans loved their children whenever they give them a good night. Nancy Tillman’s illustrations are just beyond beautiful as all the animals and humans look so realistic yet dream-like at the same time. What I really loved about Nancy Tillman’s illustrations is how realistic they are the illustrations look like photos of real trees and lakes and I loved the way that there are shadows below the trees and how the humans and animals’ reflections show up so clearly in lakes. I also loved how the illustrations sort of emit a light glow as the glow makes the illustrations extremely dreamy.
The only reason why I gave this book a four star rating instead of a five star rating is because even though I thought that the writing was lovely, it did not feel well drawn out, meaning that there could have been more said about the beauty of dreams and going into more detail about what sleeping is like to children. Also, even though I thought that the phrase “It’s time to sleep, my love” was cute, it seems like it was overused in this book and it just got so repetitive afterwards.
Overall, “It’s Time to Sleep, My Love” is a truly cute little story about sleeping and it will be a great read for children during their bedtime. I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate about this book and it will easily put toddlers to sleep during bedtime....more
I have read many paranormal romance books where the main character falls for a handsome and awesome vampire that knows how to kick bad guys to the curI have read many paranormal romance books where the main character falls for a handsome and awesome vampire that knows how to kick bad guys to the curb! Well, I have just recently stumbled upon Charlaine Harris’s works and let me tell you, this book is unlike any other paranormal romance book I have ever read and this book is called “Dead until Dark.” Not only is “Dead until Dark” the first book in the “Sookie Stackhouse series”, but it is also the first book that I have read from author Charlaine Harris and it is full of action, drama and vampire loving that will have any paranormal romance fan wanting more from this series!
Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana and even though she is extremely beautiful, she has one disability that keeps the men away from her… she can read other people’s minds! One day, Sookie meets a handsome vampire named Bill Compton and she starts to fall in love with him. Unfortunately, the moment that Bill comes to town, a string of murders start to happen around Bon Temps and Bill is the prime suspect! Can Sookie clear Bill’s name? We will see!
Words just cannot describe how much I really enjoyed this book since I actually stayed up most of the night trying to finish reading this book because it was so interesting! Charlaine Harris has definitely done an awesome job at writing this larger than life paranormal romance novel that takes place in the South! There are just so many awesome things that I loved about this book, but I will have to narrow it down to a few things and what I loved the most about this book were the two main characters and the awesome action scenes. My favorite characters in this book were Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton as they are truly a unique couple that cannot be reckoned with! Sookie Stackhouse is such an interesting character as not only is the story told from her point of view, but she was also the first mind reader character that I have read about in any paranormal romance novel. I loved the way that Charlaine Harris does not focus solely on Sookie’s beautiful looks, but also her caring and strong personality since she is the only character in the book who actually knows about what is really going on with the murders of the women in Bon Temps and I loved the way that Sookie refused to let the town’s prejudice against vampires get to her as she protects Bill with all her might. I also loved the way that Sookie fights her tough opponents as she seems to remind me a bit of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” except that she does not slay vampires! Another character I really loved was Bill Compton since he can be both scary and sensual at the same time, two personalities that I really loved about this character! Sookie and Bill’s relationship is sweet, especially since both characters wanted to protect each other from any harm that befalls them and there are many “sensual” moments between the two that will have you panting with anticipation!
The only issue I had with this book is that they rarely focused on the secondary and minor characters. What I mean by secondary characters in this book are the members who are close to Sookie which were Jason and her grandmother and I felt like these two characters were just too one-dimensional since we do not know much about their background other than the fact that they are related to Sookie and they seemed to have less spotlight time in this book than Sookie and Bill. Also, I felt like they could have focused a bit more on Sookie’s African American friends and Bill’s vampire friends since they have even less spotlight time in the book and it felt like they were really not in the book at all since this book was mainly about Sookie and Bill. Also, this book contains much stronger language than any other paranormal romance novel I have read, so anyone who does not approve of strong language might want to skim over them.
Overall, “Dead until Dark” is seriously one of the best paranormal romance series that everyone who are fans of handsome vampires and strong females will just read over and over again!
Will I read the rest of the “Sookie Stackhouse” series? You bet I am! Sookie Stackhouse series, here I come!
I have read many books by world-renowned children’s book author, Demi, but I have not gotten around to reviewing any of Demi’s books yet. “One Grain oI have read many books by world-renowned children’s book author, Demi, but I have not gotten around to reviewing any of Demi’s books yet. “One Grain of Rice” is the first book by Demi that I am reviewing and it is a folktale from India that is about a young woman named Rani who tries to trick the raja of India into giving her more rice than is needed during a famine. “One Grain of Rice” is truly a worthy folktale that will be loads of fun for children!
When Demi stated in the title of this book that this is a clever tale, she was not kidding! Demi has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this clever story that is full of pure wit! What really stood out for me in Demi’s writing was how Demi portrayed the main character Rani as a clever and independent heroine of the story as Rani uses her wits and her talented use of mathematics as a way to teach the raja a lesson he will never forget! I also loved the way that Demi uses mathematics as a major plot device in this book as it helps children learn more about mathematics and Demi made this book even more helpful for children by providing a chart at the back of the book about how Rani doubled each number per day, so you do not have to necessarily use a calculator to work out the formula used by Rani, but you can use a calculator if you want to teach your child about how to work out the problems on their own. Demi’s illustrations are extremely beautiful in this book as she uses watercolor painting to illustrate the characters and the landscapes. My favorite images in this book are of Rani herself as she is a truly beautiful looking character as she wears a gorgeous Indian red dress and has flowing black hair that touches her back. I also enjoyed the images of all the animals that were being used when they were delivering the rice to Rani and the image that truly stood out for me was the image of the elephants bring Rani the rice in baskets as the page is folded out and you can see hundreds of elephants waking across the page.
Overall, “One Grain of Rice” is a truly wonderful and clever folktale for children who love folktales from India and want to learn about mathematics in a creative way! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the mathematical approach in this story might be too difficult for smaller children to understand. ...more
Patricia Polacco is such an influential author that I have read most of her books and I actually stumbled upon this little gem called “Appelemando’s D
Patricia Polacco is such an influential author that I have read most of her books and I actually stumbled upon this little gem called “Appelemando’s Dreams” on an episode of “Reading Rainbow” and I have really enjoyed it! “Appelemando’s Dreams” is a children’s book by Patricia Polacco which is about how a young boy named Appelemando can dream up of any kind of dreams in a drab village. “Appelemando’s Dreams” is a truly uplifting book that every child will enjoy!
Oh my goodness! This is one unique book by Patricia Polacco that I am definitely going to read over and over again! Patricia Polacco has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this book as it details a young boy’s desire to let his dreams loose! Patricia Polacco’s illustrations were just so beautiful and I loved the way that Appelemando’s dreams are drawn in a childlike way as there are various animals and objects floating above his head and the dreams seem to float on a blue mist, which makes the illustrations extremely creative. I loved the way that Patricia Polacco uses the power of individuality and friendship for this story and what I really enjoyed about Appelemando’s friendship with his friends is that his friends stood up for him even when the elders of the village were criticizing Appelemando, which truly showed what great friends Appelemando’s friends were to him. I also loved the fact that Appelemando’s friends accepted his dreams for what they are and not make fun of him because of his dreams. What really stood out for me was the fact that Appelemando’s dreams seem to represent his individuality from the village since the village is a drab place and Appelemando’s dreams are so colorful and fun.
All in all, “Appelemando’s Dreams” is a brilliant and creative book for children who love dreaming. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since this book is little bit longer than any other children’s book.
I have read many books by Mo Willems that have been honored with the Caldecott Honor award, which included the “Knuffle Bunny” series. Now I have receI have read many books by Mo Willems that have been honored with the Caldecott Honor award, which included the “Knuffle Bunny” series. Now I have recently read “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” which is actually Mo Willems’ first children’s book and is a Caldecott Honor book and it is about how the Pigeon keeps asking the audience if he could drive the bus after the bus driver leaves to run an errand. “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” is truly a memorable book that children can read over and over again!
At the beginning of the book, a bus driver comes by and tells the audience that he has to leave to do something, but before he leaves, he warns the audience, “DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!” After the bus driver leaves, the pigeon comes by and starts asking the audience if he could drive the bus.
Wow! I never would have thought that a book a pigeon just asking the audience if he can drive the bus throughout the book would be so interesting to read! Mo Willems has done an awesome job at both illustrating and writing this book about the pigeon asking everyone if he could drive the bus. What I found so interesting about this book was the fact that the only illustrations shown in this book were mainly of a blue pigeon and a bus driver in a grey and green uniform who only shows up at the beginning and end of the book, but Mo Williems did a great job at making this book extremely hilarious by giving out different expressions for the pigeon which ranges from excitement to anger. Mo Williem’s writing is extremely simple yet witty at the same time as it goes to show that you do not have to have long sentences to make a great book! What I really loved about Mo Williems’ writing is the dialogue that the Pigeon is given as it is hilarious and witty to listen to and my favorite quotes from the pigeon were, “Pigeon at the Wheel!” and “No? I never get to do anything!”
All in all, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” is truly one unique and hilarious children’s book that every child who love witty humor will definitely get a kick out of it! I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book and the format is simple enough for small children to understand.
I have been going through some books from my childhood and I have stumbled upon this great gem called “The Little House.” “The Little House” is a CaldI have been going through some books from my childhood and I have stumbled upon this great gem called “The Little House.” “The Little House” is a Caldecott Medal award winning book by Virginia Lee Burton and it is about how a small house learns the true meaning of “There’s no place like home” when a growing civilization is built around it over the years. “The Little House” is definitely a gem that you cannot afford to miss!
When I first read this book when I was little, I thought it was a bit boring about reading about a little house just sitting there while everything around her was changing, but after reading it now, I started to see how amazing and beautiful this book really is! Virginia Lee Burton, author of “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel,” has done a terrific job at both illustrating and writing this book as it details a little house’s experience to life in the city. I loved the way that Virginia Lee Burton made the little house seem more like a human being than an object since the little house has to deal with the changes that happened around her and this book strongly related to me and also many children who had a similar experience since where I lived, more houses are built around my neighborhood whereas the first time we came to our neighborhood years ago, there were barely any houses in sight and dealing with this kind of experience sometimes gave me anxiety, but I eventually got used to it. I also loved the message of the book about just having a simple life can make you happy since the book teaches children that you do not have to have a rich apartment complex or a huge house to be happy, you can just have a small house or a comfortable house that suits your needs to be happy with your life. Virginia Lee Burton’s illustrations are just beautiful and outstanding as ever as the little house is shown to be pink and is always smiling in every image except for the images of where the little house is in the city and is miserable. My favorite images in this book were of the scenes where the little house is shown in several different seasons like winter, fall, spring, and summer and you can see the atmosphere around the little house change as each season comes by such as in the summer, everything is green and in winter, everything is white. I also loved the way that Virginia Lee Burton contrasted the country as a peaceful looking place by having light colors around the environment while the city is shown to be a dark and dreary looking place.
All in all, “The Little House” is a beautiful book about various changes going on in your surroundings that many children will definitely enjoy for many years! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book for smaller children.
You know, I have been reading Tomie dePaola’s works ever since I was a child and out of all of those works, I had never once read a book of Tomie dePa
You know, I have been reading Tomie dePaola’s works ever since I was a child and out of all of those works, I had never once read a book of Tomie dePaola’s that was…WORDLESS! Now, I have been reading many wordless picture books for ages, but I never knew that Tomie dePaola wrote a wordless picture book called “Pancakes for Breakfast” which was indeed his first wordless picture book!
The story starts off with an old woman waking up from bed, along with her dog and cat and she wanted to make a nice batch of pancakes for breakfast. So, the old woman went to her kitchen to get the ingredients she needed for the pancakes, but she realized that she did not have any eggs for the batter. So, she goes out to the barn to get some eggs from the chickens and after she got the eggs, she realizes that she does not have any butter for the batter. So, she goes outside to milk her cow and create the butter with the milk she churned from the cow and after she made the butter, she realizes that she does not have any maple syrup! So, she goes to her neighbor’s house to get some syrup and just as the old woman got all the ingredients to make her pancakes…
Does the old woman finally get the chance to eat her pancakes?
Read this book to find out!
Wow! For a wordless picture book, this was some pretty impressive work from Tomie dePaola, especially when you are so used to Tomie dePaola’s works having text to narrate the stories! Tomie dePaola’s artwork really sold this story as it shows how an old woman wanted to make pancakes for breakfast, but keeps on forgetting the essential ingredients to make her pancakes such as milk, eggs, butter and syrup. It was cute seeing the old woman try to obtain the ingredients for the pancakes in many different ways such as milking her cow to get the butter and milk, getting eggs from her hens and getting syrup from her next door neighbor as it gives the story an old fashioned and traditional vibe that really made this story stand out from the other modern day stories about obtaining ingredients for a recipe. I also loved the images of both the dog and the cat as it was adorable seeing them accompany the old woman in her need to obtain the ingredients for her pancakes.
Overall, “Pancakes for Breakfast” is a truly cute story about an old woman trying to find the right ingredients for her pancakes that many readers, who had to go through the same experience, no matter how differently they went about it, would definitely relate to! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
I would like to thank my Goodreads friend Crystal Marcos for recommending me this book!
At first when I read this book, I was sort of bored with the illustrations, but now reading it a few more times, I found myself liking this book! “AnnAt first when I read this book, I was sort of bored with the illustrations, but now reading it a few more times, I found myself liking this book! “Anno’s Journey” is a wordless picture by Mitsumasa Anno, which shows the author exploring Northern Europe and marveling at its beauty. “Anno’s Journey” is a great book for anyone who wants to see Northern Europe through a picture book!
I never would have thought that I would be interested in reading (or looking at) a picture book that gives us a close up view of Northern Europe! Mitsumasa Anno has done an excellent job at illustrating this book and I loved the way that Mitsumasa Anno made the illustrations of Northern Europe in aerial view, since it helps readers see everything going on in Northern Europe, including seeing the festivals and people working on their gardens. It was like exploring the customs in Northern Europe with really having to go there in person and it was such a wonderful experience! I also loved the surprising popular fairy tale characters and other well-known characters such as the characters from “Sesame Street” that Mitsumasa Anno put into the illustrations, although I will admit that I had to read the final page of this book to figure this out, but it was worth the trouble to go through the book again to seek these characters out!
The reason why I gave this book a four star rating instead of a five star rating is because I felt that the man in the blue outfit who is riding a horse throughout the book should have interacted with the people and festivals that took place while the man was traveling through Northern Europe since it would have made the book more interesting and more relatable to the audience if we actually got close up shots of the man taking part in the festivals so that way we can see if the man actually enjoyed his journey or not.
Overall, “Anno’s Journey” is a great book for children who want to explore Northern Europe through the comforts of their home. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since smaller children might be a bit confused about what country Anno is traveling through. ...more
I was reading this book for the Children’s Books Picture Book Club and I have to say I was really impressed with this book! “You Can’t Take a BalloonI was reading this book for the Children’s Books Picture Book Club and I have to say I was really impressed with this book! “You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum” is a cute wordless picture book by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss about how a little girl has to leave her yellow balloon with the security guard since she is not allowed to carry the balloon inside the museum and then the security guard ends up having the adventure of his life when the yellow balloon flies off and he has to go all over the city to get it back! “You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum” is clearly one of the most distinguished and fun filled books to read for the year!
Wow! I was so amazed by this book! Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser has both done an excellent job at illustrating this story about how one little balloon causes so much trouble for the people of the city. I loved the way that Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser illustrated the little girl; her grandmother and the security guard being the only colorful characters in this book while everyone else are shown in black and white colors, which truly makes the three main characters stand out in this book. My favorite scenes in this book were the scenes where the security guard and a bunch of miscellaneous people where chasing after the yellow balloon throughout the city and every time the yellow balloon comes into contact with a person, the person turns into a colorful person while their surroundings still remain black and white which really brings out the creativity and excitement of this book! I also loved the way that Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser pasted real life photos of the paintings being displayed at the museum which included the paintings of “Perseus with the Head of Medusa” and “Portrait of a Lady with a Dog” while the little girl and her grandmother explore the museum, not really knowing about the chaos outside the museum. I loved how the illustrations just told the story of a girl’s museum outing with her grandmother without using words to describe what the story is about.
Overall, “You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum” is truly one of the most amazing and hilarious wordless picture books ever created for children who are interested in seeing the paintings from the Metropolitan Museum right in their own homes. I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since the format is simple enough for smaller children to read through. ...more
When I first heard about this book, I was wondering to myself what was so special about a book being about a man and his steam shovel. Well, when I re
When I first heard about this book, I was wondering to myself what was so special about a book being about a man and his steam shovel. Well, when I read this book I was amazed at how this book turned out! “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” is a memorable children’s book by Virginia Lee Burton and it is about how a man named Mike Mulligan tries to prove to everyone that his steam shovel, Mary Anne, can dig up a huge cellar for the new town hall in one day. “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” is a great book for children who love reading about steam shovels and learning about the power of friendship!
Wow! This was such an amazing book! Virginia Lee Burton has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this terrific book about the importance of true friendship. Virginia Lee Burton’s writing is simple yet cute at the same time as she effectively tells Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne’s story. What I really loved about this book was how close Mike Mulligan was to his steam shovel, Mary Anne. I thought that it was really cute about how Mike Mulligan gave his steam shovel a beautiful name, since it truly shows how Mike treated his steam shovel like an actual friend rather than a regular machine and I also loved the way that Mike is always praising Mary Anne’s hard work as he truly appreciates Mary Anne’s hard work. I loved how Virginia Lee Burton made Mike into such a caring and confident character, even after he was put out of the job because Mary Anne was too old to compete with the newer steam shovels since he stayed with Mary Anne throughout his career. Virginia Lee Burton’s illustrations are just simply beautiful and colorful and I really loved the image of Mary Anne herself as she looks like an old, fashioned steam shovel and yet has a somewhat human expression as you see her smiling on every page. Another image I loved was the image of Mike Mulligan himself as he looks so small on every page compared to Mary Anne and he wears blue overalls with a red shirt and he also looks really built for doing his job. Another thing I loved about the illustrations were some images where Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne were shown to look like characters that came out of a superhero comic strip as there are some flashing colors around them to indicate that.
This is not really a big deal to me, but the only slight con of this book is that the story and the illustrations might seem a bit outdated for the current generation of children, since this book was made during the 1930s and smaller children might be confused about what steam shovels are and parents or grandparents who were born during the 1930s might be able to explain to their children what times were like during the 1930s involving steam shovels.
Overall, “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel” is a truly heartwarming story about the true importance of friendship that will remain in many children’s hearts for many generations to come. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.
I have read many versions of the classic “There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Fly” folk song and I have stumbled upon this version of the classic foI have read many versions of the classic “There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Fly” folk song and I have stumbled upon this version of the classic folk song and now I kind of wish I did not read this version. “I Know an Old Lady” is a retelling of the classic folk song illustrated by G. Brian Karas and it is about how an old lady starts eating up every animal she comes across while a little boy witnesses her actions. “I Know an Old Lady” might not be a good choice for some smaller children to handle since it is a bit too spooky for them to handle.
The only thing I liked about this book was the folk song portion of the story since it is a classic to listen to and even though the folk song is somewhat morbid, since it mentions animals being eaten and a death theme, it is silly enough where small children will just sing to the tune of the song. I also loved the fact that this book provided a lyrics sheet at the end of this book so that way anyone who wants to play this song on any kind of musical instrument can easily look at the back of the book to find the lyrics sheet.
I rarely came across books that I did not enjoy and this was one of those books that I did not enjoy. The main problem I had with this version of the classic folk song were the illustrations since G. Brian Karas’ illustrations are a bit too disturbing as the old lady is shown to be a sadistic looking character as she always have an evil smile on her face whenever she is advancing towards an unsuspecting animal in a menacing manner. Probably the most disturbing image in this book was the image of the little old lady eating a goat and you can actually see her put the goat in her mouth while she is devouring it. Also, another problem I had with this book is the idea that the old lady is eating innocent animals for no apparent reason and that is pretty disturbing to some small children. I also sort of found the idea about the little boy just observing the old lady’s actions instead of sort of stepping in and telling her to stop eating all the animals a bit off-putting to me since in the original folk song, there were no witnesses to the old lady’s wild actions, so it made the folk song more comfortable to listen to, but having a little boy witnessing something sort of horrific made this version a bit disturbing to handle.
All in all, “I Know an Old Lady” is definitely a version of the classic folk song I would definitely not want to check out again and now I can see why this version is mostly forgotten since it is a bit terrifying for smaller children to handle. If you want to read other versions of “There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Fly” then I would suggest reading Simms Taback’s version over this version since it is much sillier than this version. ...more
I have been reading many books by popular romance novel author Teresa Medeiros, but I have never read a romance novel quite like this one! “The DevilI have been reading many books by popular romance novel author Teresa Medeiros, but I have never read a romance novel quite like this one! “The Devil Wears Plaid,” not to be confused with “The Devil Wears Prada,” is Teresa Medeiros’ newest historical romance novel and it has enough adventure, drama, shocking secrets and sizzling romance that have overtaken all the other romance novels with style!
Emmaline Marlowe (Emma for short) was about to be married to the laird of the Hepburn clan to save her family from landing in debtor’s prison when the wedding is gate crashed by a handsome tough guy called Jamie Sinclair, who ends up kidnapping Emma and takes her to the highlands. Jamie claims that he is using Emma to get what was stolen from him from the Hepburn clan, but will Emma eventually cause Jamie to fall in love with her?
Oh my goodness! There are so many awesome things to say about this book! This is clearly Teresa Medeiros’ best book ever created since it has everything that you would find in an excellent book – drama, adventure, suspense and a full blown romance that will blow any romance fan away! Teresa Medeiros has done an awesome job at creating a story about dark secrets and forbidden love and I loved the way that Teresa Medeiros has put the most shocking moments in this book, which regarded Jamie’s dark past, in the right places without making the moments too over the top and more surprising to read about. I also loved the action scenes throughout this book as I was seriously holding on this book for dear life wondering if Jamie and Emma would ever escape from all the obstacles that they have to face throughout their journey. Now let us discuss about the best part of this book, the characters! I loved the character Emma, even though I will admit she did sort of annoyed me whenever she acts like she is better than everyone else, but she is also shown as being a strong and independent heroine who did not let Jamie’s rash actions get the best of her. Emma always speaks her mind about the situation she is thrown into and I also loved her intelligence as she uses her wits to get her out of various situations and help out Jamie and his men. Another character I really loved was Jamie Sinclair, who is seriously the best “bad-boy” outlaw I have ever read in any romance novel as he can be both ruthless yet caring at the same time. I will admit at first that I was a bit uncomfortable about Jamie kidnapping Emma for his own reasons, but after I saw how kind and brave (and muscular) he really is, I started to really love his character! Also, when I found out about Jamie’s dark past, I really sympathized with him since his secret is so unexpected, that you have to read this book yourself to feel the full impact! I also loved how Jamie and Emma’s love came to be as they fought with each other at first, but they eventually got closer together once they uncovered each other’s dark secrets and I loved the way that Jamie always tried to save Emma from any kind of trouble on their journey.
There are many sex scenes in this book, so anyone who does not like sex scenes might want to skip over the sex scenes in this book.
Overall, “The Devil Wears Plaid” is a truly brilliant romance novel that every romance fan and Teresa Medeiros fan should definitely check out!