Loved this fresh take on Moore's classic! All of the text stays the same, but Ercolini's illustrations add a humorous twist to the story you think youLoved this fresh take on Moore's classic! All of the text stays the same, but Ercolini's illustrations add a humorous twist to the story you think you know. ...more
I've somehow never read Savage's first Walrus book, Where's Walrus, but I can only imagine it's just as delightful as this second book! I can only imaI've somehow never read Savage's first Walrus book, Where's Walrus, but I can only imagine it's just as delightful as this second book! I can only imagine how much fun readers will have finding zoo escapees Walrus and Penguin within each scene. This one is a win!...more
I adored this new book from Muth. Rather than one continuous story, it reads more as 3 short stories, each with a specific message. As always, the illI adored this new book from Muth. Rather than one continuous story, it reads more as 3 short stories, each with a specific message. As always, the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous....more
The premise of the Toy books by Jenkins and Zelinsky sound a bit... odd. Three friends - a stuffed buffalo, a plush stingray, and a rubber ball - embaThe premise of the Toy books by Jenkins and Zelinsky sound a bit... odd. Three friends - a stuffed buffalo, a plush stingray, and a rubber ball - embarking on adventures. But odd is often charming, a premise which is definitely true with these books. In this newest picture book offering, the three friends set out for the snowy outdoors while the Little Girl is away on winter vacation. Lumphy the Buffalo has many questions about snow; his curiosity drives the story. StingRay has many beautiful and poetic answers to his questions, while Plastic the bookish rubber ball offers more scientific and practical answers. Jenkins' characterization and Zelinsky's gorgeous representations of these friends and their adventures make it impossible not to fall for these quirky characters and their cold weather story. Recommended!...more
This book, even with its familiar plot, was completely addicting. When I started it, I only planned on reading a couple chapters, but I just couldn'tThis book, even with its familiar plot, was completely addicting. When I started it, I only planned on reading a couple chapters, but I just couldn't set it aside.
From the start, the reader knows what's going to happen, but the characters are so engaging that it doesn't seem to matter. The novel is told in alternating chapters by Ally and Jake. I liked Ally right from the start; the reader can see that she's a good person, regardless of her questionable past. Jake, on the other hand, did not immediately gain my favor. Ally might worry about the opinions of her abandoned friends, but Jake is completely ruled by them. He has absolutely no desire to go against the grain, which is monumentally frustrating throughout most of the novel. Despite this horrible trait, Jake managed to win me over. I can only attribute this to the realism of his character; many teenage boys would rather follow mutely than rock the boat and, in the end, Jake does do the right thing. He is by no means perfect, but he has grown, which I can appreciate.
My favorite aspect of the novel was Ally and Jake's relationship. The emotions and little details of their romance were vibrantly written. Kieran Scott perfectly captured the emotions of an all-consuming crush; the kind of crush that leaves you incessantly daydreaming, prone to love struck gazing, and completely frustrated. The fact that their relationship is taboo added to the intensity.
She's So Dead to Us isn't deep and it doesn't impart any great wisdom to the reader, but it is fun and gave me that fluttery feeling that's only caused when two characters have undeniable chemistry. ...more
First off, I absolutely adored this novel. Romance and road trips are like the siren call of chocolate, I'm unable to resist. Throw in the complicatioFirst off, I absolutely adored this novel. Romance and road trips are like the siren call of chocolate, I'm unable to resist. Throw in the complication of the recent loss of a father by way of car accident and you've got a story I need to read. I love a happy ending, but the struggle and pain of my main character is what makes it all worthwhile.
This novel is especially unique in that playlists and artifacts from the roadtrip are scattered throughout the book. The playlists were absolutely amazing! Roger and I (and the author!) have similar taste in music, so I was familiar with many of the bands and songs. I was intrigued by the ones I didn't know, which led to looking them up and finding many new bands and songs to love! One of my favorite road trip scraps is from early on in the novel, when Amy and Roger stop at Yellowstone. They choose to go on a guided activity hike in which they must periodically stop and write poems. Needless to say, they aren't taking their assignment very seriously and their poems are hilarious. Plus, the reader has their first peek at Amy and Roger's chemistry. Having these extras was not only fun, it added another dimension to the characters.
Morgan Matson did a wonderful job of creating her characters. So often, characters only really have one dimension or the author doesn't give the reader anything to allow them to connect and know the characters. Each and every one of Matson's characters had a story... they each had something that made them linger in my mind. It isn't often that I can finish a novel and remember each minor character as well as the main ones, especially weeks after I've read the novel. Matson's mastery makes me want to stand up and applaud! I felt such a connection to to each character, that I can honestly say that if Matson decided to write a novel about any one of the characters in Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, I'd read it in a heartbeat.
Amy and Roger's relationship is one of my all time favorites. Their back and forth banter and concern for one another completely won me over and left me smiling. I love when I'm reading a novel and I know that two characters are perfect for one another, but the characters haven't realized it yet, and then, suddenly, it clicks for one of them. You can pinpoint that moment when they know that they belong with that person and regardless of whether they began their epic detour with a completely different intention, it has delivered them to the place, and person, they really needed.
I feel that I must add, that the loss of Amy's father and the current shattered state of her family are not solved by her unexpected romance with Roger. I'm extremely appreciative of this detail, as there are novels in which the main character's problems suddenly disappear because she's met a boy. Amy finds love on her epic detour, but, ultimately, it is the people she meets and stops to see along the way that help her move forward with her life.
Cover Comments: I love the cover! Some readers don't like the whole "headless models" cover trend, and to a certain extent neither do I, but I really enjoyed this cover. I actually had never even heard of this book before, but the cover and title caught my eye. Thank goodness! ...more