This is definitely a quirky read. It contains about 30 entries about subjects (mostly people) beginning with the letter "Q". It contains gorgeous grapThis is definitely a quirky read. It contains about 30 entries about subjects (mostly people) beginning with the letter "Q". It contains gorgeous graphics which can be slightly silly along with about 3 paragraphs explaining the Q subject. Of course, it is heavy on Queens with notable entries about Victoria and Elizabeth (BOTH!). I enjoyed reading it and think it might do fine with children approaching chapter books. It might also open up a few discussions about some of the subjects. I honestly don't know of many books that start with Q and kids with names starting with this letter might really appreciate have this book on their shelves. It is also nice as a coffee table book as well. A keeper....more
If you ARE feeling sick, this adorable book for children will pick you right up. The gorgeous, bright pictures are just what the doctor ordered when eIf you ARE feeling sick, this adorable book for children will pick you right up. The gorgeous, bright pictures are just what the doctor ordered when everything is looking gray or green in some cases. Charming lyrical words help soothe away the world. The book is perfect for children of all ages and will be engaging to even the youngest. It is also a great book to read out loud and one that would be great for those kids moving beyond Dr. Seuss....more
Cammie is twelve, almost thirteen, and as she nears her birthday, she thinks back to her mother. Living with only her father, she is at a lMY THOUGHTS
Cammie is twelve, almost thirteen, and as she nears her birthday, she thinks back to her mother. Living with only her father, she is at a loss to where her life is going. Her mother died pushing her out of the way of a truck when she was an infant and now doesn't remember anything about her. In her final summer before becoming a teen, she starts to explode, lashing out at her father and her friends. She is looking for someone to be her mother.
When Cammie tries to find a mother figure in one of the inmates, Boo Boo Dunbar, and then becomes grief stricken when Boo Boo commits suicide. Eloda Pupko, a trustee, and working as a housekeeper for the family, cooks and cleans while listening to all of Cammie's grief. Cammie tries to make Eloda become her mother or at least act in some motherly fashion like her friend's mothers. As Cammie's anger grows, Eloda knows this girl must grieve fully before she can grow up.
This is listed as a middle grade book but I can see it is a book that will spark conversations between readers of all ages. It is just one of those books that should be a classic. Cammie's emotions just reach out to you and you have to find out if she turns out ok or not. I think that all children and adults can see themselves as Cammie at one point or another....more
This is a very interesting book full of unique artwork and little vignettes of one or two pages that recreate conversations that the author / artist hThis is a very interesting book full of unique artwork and little vignettes of one or two pages that recreate conversations that the author / artist have had or may have either in reality or just in his mind. This book probably isn't for everyone but I can see this appealing to people that enjoy odd things and English humor. That is something you get or don't.
It reminds me of something I would find in Urban Outfitters or that weird store that only hipsters seem to enjoy. The artwork is something that is hit or miss. Some of them look like thing a child would produce and others have a lot of depth and layers. Overall, this would make the perfect gift for that person you never know what to get....more
Even though Trevor Noah grew up relatively poor in South Africa, it seems that the story of his youth isn’t much different from growing upMy Thoughts
Even though Trevor Noah grew up relatively poor in South Africa, it seems that the story of his youth isn’t much different from growing up relatively poor in parts of the United States. What makes his youth so decisively different is that he had the strength to go on when it would have been much easier to surrender to his fate than find a better life. I mean can you imagine that when he was born, it was a crime for his black mother to marry his white father? Just his existence was cause for his mother to be unable to walk with him down the street. He didn’t fit in with the whites, the blacks or even really the colored people since he was brought up to question authority.
Noah talks about his special treatment because of his white father but more importantly, how his mother fought to make him better. A lot of the stories that he tells make you reflect on how being poor and without education can doom a life. All of the stories are told with humor and a part of “how did I survive” type awe. I really enjoyed this and had no idea that his life was so full of horror since what he presents on television is completely different than his background. This is definitely a feel good book....more
Marcel is a French BullDog living in New York City with his human. Things are perfect until she brings another human into the mix. Marcel is territoriMarcel is a French BullDog living in New York City with his human. Things are perfect until she brings another human into the mix. Marcel is territorial when it comes to his human and doesn't like the new one. Over time and many walks and cuddles, Marcel starts to accept this new human into his life. The story helps children adjust to change with humor and wonderful graphics. The images are spot on and display the full emotions of a small dog in a big city. The ending leaves an opening for several more adventures for this puppy. The story is perfect for toddlers and young children just starting to read. The words are easy to understand and have enough repetition to make it easy to sound things out. ...more
Martina has just moved to a new school and is super shy. When her father returns from a business trip bearing gifts for the whole family, he brings heMartina has just moved to a new school and is super shy. When her father returns from a business trip bearing gifts for the whole family, he brings her back a sheet of stickers. Her whole life revolves around stickers, so this pleases Martina to no end. These are no ordinary stickers but are wonderfully magical! The stickers help her overcome her shyness and become more confident in her life. As the stickers come to life, they encourage her to make friends and be more courageous.
The story is very accessible for children that are just mastering chapter books and it has a very positive message about overcoming fears. I loved it when Martina realizes that she doesn't need the stickers to have friends and she becomes secure in the fact that she doesn't have to be shy anymore. This is the beginning to a new and promising series. The adorable artwork that goes along with the story is wonderful addition ...more
Take an Arthurian Tale, mix it with some Norse mythology and sprinkle in a bit of fantasy, heat well and then freeze; there you have the perfect fun rTake an Arthurian Tale, mix it with some Norse mythology and sprinkle in a bit of fantasy, heat well and then freeze; there you have the perfect fun read for winter.
Ruby has a fiery secret and she knows she must now show her talents as a Fireblood because her kind has been killed off by the Frostbloods for ages. Growing up, her grandmother told her tales and tried to get Ruby to harness her power but her mother forced her to keep it hidden. When she is taken to the Frostblood King, her mother killed and now languishing in a prison, she expects to be dead soon herself. A daring jailbreak and she is instead taken to some kindly monks that heal her and try to train her power since they see her as the answer to ages long prophecy. In her training, one monk tests her skill with his frost power and even though she thinks she will never find love, she does find friendship (and more) with Arcus.
The characters are wonderful and the dialogue is witty and poetic. You have good against evil and everything in between. There is enough action to keep you on your toes and the battles are supremely done. There are a few little twists that I sort of saw coming, (the Evil King really is filled with evil) and the romance between opposites is nicely done. Ruby has a wonderful passion that is nicely played against her fire powers and then balanced out with Arcus' ice. And you know what happens when you mix fire and ice, you get steam! I can't wait for the next installment of this comes out.
Fans of Kristin Cashore and Sarah J. Maas are going to love this one! Parents: some kissing, some battle scenes but overall, very clean....more
Gemma's parents really don't communicate anymore but are overly protective of her because she had several illnesses as a child and is nowMY THOUGHTS!
Gemma's parents really don't communicate anymore but are overly protective of her because she had several illnesses as a child and is now overweight with only one real best friend, April. Her father is mostly absent with a high-powered career at a drug company and her mother might as well be with her pharmaceutical habits that keep her mostly calm. She finally decides that she needs to get away and really look into her father's relationship with a notorious company called Haven that is involved in all sorts of scandal. Traveling to Florida to stay with April and her grandparents over spring break, she gets a ride with Pete who is smart and funny. Gemma doesn't really see much in him and can't because why would he be interested in a girl like her?
Lyra is the opposite of Gemma's coin and has been raised a replica (clone), and used for drug studies at the Haven Institute. She has very little human interaction and one of the doctors that did show compassion for the test subjects was fired for being too friendly. Several people that work at the institute just vanish. The stories combine when Gemma and Jake (his dad ran a conspiracy theory website that tried to expose Haven), make their way to the compound and find a dead girl that looks just like Gemma. Lyra and a replicant boy end up escaping with Jake and Gemma back to April's house. The story becomes a race against time as they all try to figure out what happened when Haven exploded.
I read these books separately, but I would recommend that getting the ebook so you can flip between the alternating chapters to get the full impact of the book. I read Lyra's story first which in the long run, worked out best for me. That story was full of whole and it was filled in by Gemma. Since Gemma's story is much richer, you would miss the little things about Lyra that make more sense reading Gemma;s first. In other words: Gemma giveaway away Lyra's ending somewhat. The book ends in a mild cliffhanger and I am glad to see that there is another book on the way to finish out this story. I really want to know what happens to these girls. ...more