Many of you know I love books, no big shock there. I love art and picture books, not a big stretch there either. What you might not know is how much I...moreMany of you know I love books, no big shock there. I love art and picture books, not a big stretch there either. What you might not know is how much I love, and I mean LOVE reading books to my many nieces and nephews. (my family was graced with it’s 10th just a week ago, and there are two on my husband’s side too) One of my favorite things to do when visiting is to read to the kids, often the whole family is together so there isn’t much time, but when I’m visiting individually I love having a munchkin or two on my lap and reading to them. One of the only things that can make the situation better is when the child turns to me after we finish reading and tells me it is their turn to read to me, even if they don’t know how to read yet.
Jack the Kitten is Very Brave written by Tabitha Grace Smith with illustrations by Mindy Lou Hagan, is a new children’s book for the pre-school to second grade crowd. It features some great images of cats in a picture book quality with a nice simple story to go along with it. It’s fun, cute and something I can see a lot of fun reading to the little ones. There are things to point out in each picture and talk about and the story, the story is based around a struggle that often happens with kids… yeah, no spoilers here, and in the end they learn a lesson. The two main characters are Machu & Jack, two adorable kitties, the characters are based on the real life cats of the author. It’s fun, it’s fast and it’s something I’ve already ordered and can’t wait to read to my little ones. Full disclosure, the author is a good friend of mine, I adore TABZ, I also adore her cats, as does Rory, but that in no way skews my review. I wouldn’t write things that are untrue here nor would I spend my hard earned cash on something I didn’t really want just because a friend created it.
You can pre-order yourself a copy of this book, signed by the author and the kitties by going to machuandjack.com
You can also order it from Amazon
And lastly, and perhaps most important to some, you can SAVE MONEY (10%) by going to CreateSpace’s store and using the code: D9A8XUZU
Ordering through CreateSpace is great for international readers too (outside the USA)(less)
Ginnie Dare is a YA Space Adventure that gives us a fun experience in the future. Rather than following a military crew and their ship ala The Enterpr...moreGinnie Dare is a YA Space Adventure that gives us a fun experience in the future. Rather than following a military crew and their ship ala The Enterprise in Star Trek you follow Ginnie a young girl working on her father's merchant vessel, privately owned by the Dare company. When trouble at a colony pops up it's up to the crew to figure out what happened, and figure it out fast before hope of their friend's recovery is lost.
Ginnie's cleverness and curiosity is an asset to solving the mystery along with her innocent, heart and good intentions. This book has made the list of books I recommend anyone to read but more importantly the young women in my life in needs of strong female role models. The story fills me with hope and I love that the main character doesn't rely on physical strength or weapons to win, she relies on her brain.
The pacing is slower in the beginning of the book but it really picks up towards the end. All I could think when finishing the tale was that I wanted more Ginnie Dare stories, and I had better get them.(less)