Sometimes I forget how fun books can be. If you read the blurb above, you know this mystery’s definitely quirky and pushing believability. But I lovedSometimes I forget how fun books can be. If you read the blurb above, you know this mystery’s definitely quirky and pushing believability. But I loved it, pure and simple. The mystery itself is pretty good. The author plays fair enough with clues and motives. It’s the characters that are outrageous and the situations they find themselves in.
It’s not a book for everyone. It’s silly in some spots and laugh-out-loud funny in others. You have to be able to just relax and go with the ride. I don’t want to tell too much and spoil the fun. It’s like a ride at an amusement park that you just can’t stop smiling during.
Elvis Sightings is in no way serious, just really light, enjoyable summer read. It’s one of my faves so far this year. ...more
It sounded like a cute book. The animals get together for a race, the snake tries to intimidate them, but positive thinking and creativity win the dayIt sounded like a cute book. The animals get together for a race, the snake tries to intimidate them, but positive thinking and creativity win the day – should be fun. Instead, it just wasn’t very good, in my opinion.
First, there is no punctuation, which always bothers me- yes, it’s a kids book, yes, it rhymes, but please give me quotation marks. When reading books aloud, the quotation marks are great indicators that a change of voice is needed. I want to sound like a slithery snake during his boasts or big and bold when the ape states that he weighs more than a ton, and quotes would have given me the cue.
Second, many of the rhymes are forced or don’t make a lot of sense and the pattern isn’t consistent. Even rungle isn’t a real word. I’m all for making up words, but making a version of rumble that rhymes with jungle seems silly.
And the snake never really seems that scary. Yes, he boasts he will win and he can curl up like a wheel and roll, which I actually thought was creative, even if rather “cunning.” We are told he “played with their minds,” but it’s not depicted well.
The illustrations are cute, colorful.
And if a story’s told well, even kids don’t need the moral spelled out in the end, like this one does in a pair of stanzas that don’t flow well.
The book had potential. Animals are usually a lot of fun in picture books and kids love to race each other. Rhyming books are perfect for the audience it’s aimed at and good ones are fun for parents to read aloud. Even the message is good – don’t listen to naysayers, believe in yourself. It just failed to live up to its promise.
You can find my whole review at Carol's Notebook. ...more
I can't tell you if The Whole30 is a healthy choice, although the Hartwigs give plenty of reasons why it is. What I can tell you is that I'm glad I diI can't tell you if The Whole30 is a healthy choice, although the Hartwigs give plenty of reasons why it is. What I can tell you is that I'm glad I did the 30 days and will hopefully eat better having done them. My hsuband and I did it together which was definitely helpful.
The Whole30 rules in the most basic form are easy to understand. YES: Eat meat, seafood, eggs, vegetable, fruit and natural fats. DO: Do not consume sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes or dairy. Do not consume baked goods or "treats." Do not weight or measure yourself. I know it seems pretty restrictive, but like they say, "keep in mind that the Whole30 was intended to be a short-term reset and learning experience, not a permanent plan."
The theory is that as you slowly add the foods back in, you will see how your body reacts. Like I know dairy is not my friend and this reminded me of that fact. I felt good when I was eating the Whole30 foods, like I was doing something positive for my health. Losing 8 pounds didn't hurt either. And my husband lost almost 20. Even the dog lost 2.
It does take a lot more planning and work to eat real food. I needed to have breakfasts that David could easily grab in the morning, because he was not going to cook himself anything. I also had to plan enough left-overs from dinner to pack for lunches or have another back-up. It takes more time in the kitchen, chopping, cooking. I'll grant you it's easier and cheaper to open a box or can or throw (processed) lunch meat between two slices of bread, but real food makes me feel better, makes me a little proud of my choices.
The Whole30 has a great guide on how to approach the month and an extensive FAQ section. It also has some really yummy compliant recipes, that use ingredients I can actually find....more
Only keep what brings you joy and then organize it once and for all. I've read it, started to implement it, and I really do think it has a lot of goodOnly keep what brings you joy and then organize it once and for all. I've read it, started to implement it, and I really do think it has a lot of good stuff. Some odd stuff, too, but overall I think for me it will be helpful.
It's an enjoyable mystery and I like the glimpse of the theater, fictional though it may be. It's a fun read, not great, but just what I was looking fIt's an enjoyable mystery and I like the glimpse of the theater, fictional though it may be. It's a fun read, not great, but just what I was looking for. Marsh is one of my favorite mystery writers....more
This is just a quick version of the play. Yes, it uses Shakespeare's language, but a lot is cut out of it. It does give you most of the general idea oThis is just a quick version of the play. Yes, it uses Shakespeare's language, but a lot is cut out of it. It does give you most of the general idea of what's going on though, and the illustrations are attractive enough. Not outstanding, but they let you see what's going on in the play which is so much more helpful than only reading the sometimes difficult to understand dialogue. I think it took me like a half hour to read or so. It definitely can't replace the play itself, but it's a good introduction I guess you could say....more