I received an abridged version of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
The photos here are absolutely delightful! I know how diffic...moreI received an abridged version of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
The photos here are absolutely delightful! I know how difficult it can be to photograph babies and toddlers, and can only imagine how long it has taken to get these shots. Most of the patterns are pictured from several different angles, giving the reader a good idea of how the finished project will look.
I really liked that the book focused on both knitting and crochet project - without counting exactly, it looks like a 50-50 split. I mostly knit and have only recently branched out into crocheting, so the fact that this book has both would make me more inclined to purchase it, as I wouldn't feel it was a waste in case the crocheting didn't take off - I'd still have all the knitting patterns.
The copy I received contained 20 of the 50 patterns in the unabridged version. Most of the patterns were sweaters or blouses, but there was also a nice selection of hats and blankets. I immediately found 6-7 patterns I'd like to try out, which - assuming the same ratio for the remaining 30 patterns - makes for a very good pattern-to-price ratio.
I received the e-book edition for review, and was very happy to see that the publishers have chosen to make the most of the media - all references are links to the relevant pages, and it's easy to navigate. The book includes a list of abbreviations, and while it does expect the reader to know the basic techniques of knitting and crocheting, it does include written instructions for some of the lesser known parts of the patterns. I could have wished for some more illustrations to go with these instructions, but realize that they may be part of the unabridged version.
Some of the charts are fairly small which may be a problem with the physical copy, but as an ebook they are easy enough to enlarge on your device.
All in all, definitely a book I'd recommend you flip through. There are some gorgeous patterns for the little ones in your life.(less)
My first and favourite "Choose Your Own Adventure". Reading it 20+ years later, it seems awfully simple, but at least the choices are a lot more obvio...moreMy first and favourite "Choose Your Own Adventure". Reading it 20+ years later, it seems awfully simple, but at least the choices are a lot more obvious now that I know more about Greek mythology so getting to a correct end (and staying away from certain death) was a lot easier than when I read it last ;)(less)
Grayson's parents died in a car accident when he was very young, and since then he has been living with his aunt, uncle and two cousins. He is very mu...moreGrayson's parents died in a car accident when he was very young, and since then he has been living with his aunt, uncle and two cousins. He is very much a loner though - both at home and at school - because he is scared that somebody will get too close and discover the secret he's been hiding for as long as he can remember: Grayson is really a girl, trapped in a boy's body.
But in 6th grade, admitting such a thing would be tantamount to putting a "target" sign on your chest. So instead Grayson hides away in the library during recess and dreams himself away by drawing princesses that looks like doodling, and imagining himself in the pretty dresses he sees his classmates wearing.
Thanks to an openminded teacher and a new friend, Grayson gets the chance he needs to break out, when he tries out for the school play. Grayson may finally be able to show others his/her true self.
Much of this book made for rather unpleasant reading. It is never nice to read about people being bullied, and even more so when that bullying spreads over to a person's home life. I hope Grayson grows up to trust his uncle, and that his aunt realizes what a disservice she's doing him, by wanting him to appear "normal". I can understand her reasoning, but some things are just more important than keeping yourself "safe" from bullying (which obviously doesn't work anyway, but somehow some people keep thinking it will).
The book was a bit slow to start, but once the rehearsals for the school play began it really took off, and I found it hard to put down. I loved how Grayson finally managed to find a place for himself in the school, and how he started to relate to the other actors.
This could have been a 5-star read, but unfortunately the end fell a bit flat. I would have liked to see Grayson's relationship with Jack and his aunt be resolved somewhat. I'm glad Ami Polonsky didn't end it immediately after the play though, which is what I originally had feared.
I think it is an important book, and am glad such a book has been written for a younger audience than normal. Many thanks to Netgalley for this advanced copy.(less)
Great Little Gifts to Knit consists of 30 different patterns, ranging in size from taking just a few hours to knit, to being labelled a "vacation proj...moreGreat Little Gifts to Knit consists of 30 different patterns, ranging in size from taking just a few hours to knit, to being labelled a "vacation project".
The book expects the reader to know the basics of knitting, but explains the slightly fancier techniques in an appendix, and offers small projects to allow a newish knitter tackle the challenges of fair isle, beading, intarsia, cables and short rows on a more managable scale.
For the advanced knitter there are fewer challenges, but Jean Moss offers variations to some of the project (like the Cuddle Cocoon) that allows the knitter to knit "out of the box".
The patterns are split into four sections, "Baby", "Hers", "His" and "Home". Each section has a lovely introduction, as does each pattern, which gives the book a nice and personal feel.
Each pattern is clearly described and the charts and instructions are easy to read. For some of the patterns I could wish for more photographs, as there were parts of the patterns I couldn't make out from the photos given.
Unfortunately the patterns themselves are not as appealing or motivating as I would have hoped, with a total of 4 patterns I want to knit, and none where I find myself tempted to cast on right away.
All in all not a book I would have bought for myself if I'd picked it up in a shop, but that's due to the selection of the projects rather than how they're written, so if the patterns appeal to you, this would be a great book to get.
This used to be my favourite Nancy Drew book, but unfortunately it doesn't really hold up to the test of time. It is extremely dated and very simplifi...moreThis used to be my favourite Nancy Drew book, but unfortunately it doesn't really hold up to the test of time. It is extremely dated and very simplified. Part of this may be the translation, as the language seemed rather stilted at times.
A shame when childhood favourites can't stand up to the test of time.(less)
I stand corrected. Just when I complain about Maria Snyder's books being formulaic, along comes one that doesn't fit the bill. I started out not being...moreI stand corrected. Just when I complain about Maria Snyder's books being formulaic, along comes one that doesn't fit the bill. I started out not being terribly interested in the chapters told from Kerrick's POV, but fortunately that quickly changed!
However, the book obviously suffers from "middle book in a trilogy" curse, in that not much happens as the characters get in line for whatever's about the happen in the third book. I liked it well enough, but wasn't quite as enamoured of it as the first book, as there were too many side plots that weren't of any great interest to me. It's still a solid 4 star book though (okay, perhaps 3.5 star, but leaning more towards 4 than 3), and I'm very keen to get started on the last one.
Maria V. Snyder's books are somewhat formulaic, but they are readable enough that I don't really mind, and so far I've enjoyed every book I've read by...moreMaria V. Snyder's books are somewhat formulaic, but they are readable enough that I don't really mind, and so far I've enjoyed every book I've read by her. This was no exception, and I actually really loved how magic was defined here. I'm eager to see where the next books take us.(less)
Smart, funny, awesome book. I enjoyed every minute of it.
It's an epistolary novel, which I know isn't for everybody, but personally...moreA 4.5 star review.
Smart, funny, awesome book. I enjoyed every minute of it.
It's an epistolary novel, which I know isn't for everybody, but personally a good book tends to be even better if it's written in that form - so I was inclined to like it even before I started.
But even so, the book lived up to and even exceeded my expectations. It was brilliantly clever, and I simply couldn't put it down. I loved the twists and turns the novel took, and how the epistolary form meant that we got many sides of each story.
My only problem with the book is that it's too short!(less)
Not as good as the previous books in the series unfortunately. This one was lighter on the knitting and heavier on the mystery, and since I'm not real...moreNot as good as the previous books in the series unfortunately. This one was lighter on the knitting and heavier on the mystery, and since I'm not really a huge fan of mysteries, it didn't really work for me. On the other hand it was a more realistic mystery than in some of the previous books, so I guess it had that going for it.
But Kelly REALLY needs to take a class in self-preservation! It's getting old.(less)