In the tradition of "The Cricket in Times Square" comes this charming tale of courage, friendship, and what it really means to be humBOOK DESCRIPTION:
In the tradition of "The Cricket in Times Square" comes this charming tale of courage, friendship, and what it really means to be human. This classic, which originated in Holland and has withstood the test of time worldwide, will appeal to readers young and old and dog and cat lovers alike!
An act of kindness brings shy reporter Mr. Tibble into contact with the unusual Miss Minou. Tibble is close to losing his job because he only writes stories about cats. Fortunately, Minou provides him with real news. She gets the juicy inside information from her local feline friends, who are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. Tibble is appreciative, but he wonders how she does it. He "has" noticed that Minou is terrified of dogs and can climb trees and rooftops with elegance and ease. . . . It s almost as if she s a cat herself. But how can that be? Praise for THE CAT WHO CAME IN OFF THE ROOF.
Apparently Annie M. G. Schmidt is a well known and very successful foreign writer who first put this story out to the public in 1970 and now again in 2015. Ms. Schmidt is also considered one of the greatest Dutch writers, is alao known as the mother of Dutch theatrical song, & the Queen of Dutch children’s literature. After her death she was honored posthumously in 2007 by being included in the Canon of Dutch History alongside such national Dutch icons as Vincent van Gogh and Anne Frank. Although Schmidt wrote poetry, songs, books, plays, musicals, radio and TV dramas, she was best known for her children’s stories. I did not know any of this when I was given a free copy of The Cat who came in Off the Roof by NetGalley for me to provide an honest review of.
I found hours of pleasure in reading this light hearted book about a very shy reporter and the lady / turned cat who comes into his home helping him to become more successful, and also help other local animals at the same time. The story is great for kids to show examples of caring and doing good thing for others and animals. The cats help the writer by providing facts for his stories that they obtain via the local cat info outlet. There are some great characters with a lot of humor incorporated into how the cats behaive and how their information system works. I am also proud to know the cats get justice while helping their writer friend find his own way to being a better writer. information system works, and luckily the cats get justice while helping their ...more
I requested this group of stories without realizing I had previously read The Blacksmith and throughly enjoyed it. The whole lot of stories remREVIEW:
I requested this group of stories without realizing I had previously read The Blacksmith and throughly enjoyed it. The whole lot of stories reminded me of the old, eerie stories of love, sacrifice, cruelty, mean people who get what they deserve after attempting to break a good person.
Stories like the ones presented in this collection are what I like to call "Old Fashioned Scary Stories" with a lot of mental torture and anguish that will spook the reader to the core. I liked that the characters are throughly examined and their history is covered explaining the what and why of their murderous tendencies. All great stories to get the reader thinking about how thin the line is between crazy and justified.
I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review/ opinion. ...more
In this beautiful, haunting debut, a boy is whisked away to the country in the wake of a scandal, and finds a captivating creature inBook description:
In this beautiful, haunting debut, a boy is whisked away to the country in the wake of a scandal, and finds a captivating creature in the attic whose attention comes at a sinister price.
"Tell the story to its end," says Eren with a grin. His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night. "When I reach the end," I say, "what happens? You'll have the whole story." "Hmm," he says, looking at me and licking his lips with a dry, grey tongue. "What happens then? Why don't we find out?"
People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad where his father is. Why isn't he with them? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, and only an old, empty house in the middle of an ancient forest for answers. But then he finds a secret of his own: there is a creature that lives in the attic…
Eren is not human. Eren is hungry for stories. Eren has been waiting for him.
Sharing his stories with Eren, Oli starts to make sense of what’s happening downstairs with his family. But what if it’s a trap? Soon, Oli must make a choice: learn the truth—or abandon himself to Eren’s world, forever.
Reminiscent of SKELLIG by David Almond and A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness, EREN is richly atmospheric, moving, unsettleing, and told in gorgeous prose. A modern classic in the making. (less)
I absolutely loved the chill and suspense in Tell The Story to its End. Even the title seemed menacing to me. I received this book free in order to provide an honest review. It is one of the few books I have read that slipped back into my mind for days afterwards.
I loved the use of prose and the whole setting (attic) out away from the city in a old family house. The words flow so beautifully from Erin when he is in charm mode. The idea of beings that have always been around, you don't know if they are good, bad, worse than imaginable, etc. I loved the details of the stories told and Erin's reactions. The fantasy elements and pace of the story had me reading & reading because I had to know what comes next. I wanted to love Erin & go away with him myself at times. Haha. A wonderful book to read if you want to think about things that can get a little surreal. Loved it.
I believe it is a middle aged read, but it does feel quite dark during the later parts. Might cause me some nightmares even. Gives the reader quite a bit to ponder on if you like that sort of thing. ...more
Armed with a pitchfork, miner’s hat, and map, Mick Bogerman dares to hunt for pirate treasure in Zombie Cave. His little brother FinlBook description:
Armed with a pitchfork, miner’s hat, and map, Mick Bogerman dares to hunt for pirate treasure in Zombie Cave. His little brother Finley is tied up at the beach. Literally--Mick tied him up. No one needs a little brother tagging along when you’re going to slay the undead. But Mick soon wishes he’d taken some human company with him, because lurking in every corner, reaching from every crevice, is another hungry corpse. No wonder the place is named Zombie Cave! And finding treasure in the twisty tunnels is a lot harder when your map disintegrates. And man-oh-man the cold, dark tide chases fast. But the worst part about fighting off ravenous flesh-eaters is the one monster deadlier than a regular zombie . . . the worst of the worst . . . Pirate Pete.
I absolutely loved this book, laughing all of the way through with Mick's hilarious reasoning. I love the cover illustration which tempted my non-zombie fan 10 year old to read the book too. This laugh out loud (quite gross) book was provided to me by the author for the purpose of giving an honest review. There are some pretty gross descriptions of zombie brains & other gook along the way, adding to the humor of the story.
The characters are typical silly treasure seeking boys on adventure with lots of action and gooey gore packed in. Great read with lots of laughs. ...more
Got this EBOOK via the local library and was actually pretty interested in the first book. There was plenty of action and things to figure out in thisGot this EBOOK via the local library and was actually pretty interested in the first book. There was plenty of action and things to figure out in this book. It was the first Michael Grant book I have read. I actually read some of the second book, but am getting a little burnt out on books that have 3 & 4 etc..... I really did like the whole concept and the characters were appealing (the good ones were). I liked that it was the first book I have read with this particular event and how the characters dealt with it, or mishandled it in some situations.
I will not be reading the entire series because i am personally abiut burnt out on so series books (personally read too many lately), but is a great read for those who aren't. ...more
I was very glad to see Dale Archer MD offering some positive, educational insight in The ADHD Advantage. It was good to know that Dr. Archer had insidI was very glad to see Dale Archer MD offering some positive, educational insight in The ADHD Advantage. It was good to know that Dr. Archer had inside experience with the condition that I have this far gotten so much negative feedback about. I received this book free for the purpose of an honest review.
I have never had to go far to hear all of the bad and negative consequences or behaviors associated with ADHD, but this book gave me hope as well as POSITIVE things I can tell my son about a condition that causes him mostly problems. It is refreshing to have some research that builds up your hopes for greatness rather than only points out the bad things that can or will happen.
Many people see ADHD diagnosis and immediately think hyper and troubled children. My son isn't even physically hyper, yet his brain never slows down. I can see where, with proper management, that could be an amazing asset. It is so hard to find positive direction to help children with ADHD and the doctors we have seen thus far just want to write a prescription and make it go away. I do not know what to do for him because of all of the conflicting information, medication pushing, & lack of knowledge and cooperation from his school.
This book is a great read for those who want to know the possibly positive things about ADHD, and it could help a child feel so much better to know the diagnosis does not doom them to failure. ...more