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Review: Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

August 21, 2014

Everything I Need to Know

If you were a fan of Little Golden Books, you’re sure to love Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow.  This book uses pictures from those classic books to illustrate some terrific advice.  The advice is simple but profound at times and reminds readers to step back, take a deep breath, and enjoy life.

Everything I Need to Know interior

From The Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn and Byron Jackson, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, 1947.

This book is beautifully made.  The binding is made to look like a Little Golden Book and the endpapers are the same as those found in those beloved classics.  The book is printed on heavy paper and features color throughout.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book is a quick, nostalgic read that would make a delightful gift.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 20, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found a few words in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon.

1. provender – “They had put away four bags of provender, made a hasty lunch, and checked on Barnabas, then lay on the study sofa — his head to the south, hers to the north.”

Provender means food: victuals.


2. threnody – “Through it all ran the threnody of country music from a boom box, turned full blast while reclaiming a rectory tool-shed, formerly lost to briars.”

A threnody is a song of lamentation for the dead.


3. adimpleate – “‘You adimpleate my spirit,’ she said.”

Adimpleate means to fill up.



What words do you want to celebrate today?


Review: Here and Again

August 19, 2014

Here and Again

After Ginger’s husband is killed in Iraq, she wonders how much longer she can hold onto his family farm.  Her job as a nurse doesn’t pay enough to keep up her family and the farm so she thinks it might be time to move on.

Samuel comes along at the right moment and makes quite an impression on Ginger and her kids.  He helps them deal with their loss and shows them a way to move forward.

Here and Again by Nicole R. Dickson is such a relevant story for so many families today.  Ginger’s family had to learn to move on without their anchor – no easy task for anyone.  It looks like they’ll have to make major changes to survive, making the loss even harder.

There is much to like in this book – the lovely writing, the beautiful Shenandoah Valley setting, and the love of Ginger’s family. There’s a supernatural element, though, that I wasn’t aware of going into the book, and I struggled with it.  That element kept the book from being great for me.  Having said that, I think those who enjoy the supernatural will love this book.

Karen White narrates the audio version of Here and Again and she does an outstanding job!  I’ve been a fan of her work for a while and I think this is her best effort to date.  She does a fabulous job with voices and even makes some animal sounds!  The book is worth listening to just for her narration.  The audio book is on 10 CDs and lasts approximately 12 hours.

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Book Club: This is Where I Leave You

August 18, 2014
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TIWILY Book Club

My book club loves to read a book and then compare it to the movie.  We’ve done it with The Help, Labor Day, and Rocket Boys.  We’re really excited to be reading This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper this month.  I’m reading, and loving, the book right now and can’t wait to discuss it!

It’s always fun to read the book before the movie, right? Join Warner Bros. Pictures’ #TIWILY book discussion on the film’s Facebook page each Wednesday, and take part in the conversation for a chance to win signed movie posters and a trip to the premiere in Hollywood!

The casting of the movie looks terrific – even the trailer makes me laugh!

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This Is Where I Leave You – In Theaters September 19

The dramatic comedy “This is Where I Leave You” is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”); Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”); and two-time Oscar® winner, multiple Golden Globe honoree and 2013 Emmy Award nominee Jane Fonda (“Klute,” “Coming Home,” HBO’s “The Newsroom”).

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

Genre: Dramatic Comedy
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda
Directed By: Shawn Levy
Screenplay By: Screenplay by Jonathan Tropper, Based on the novel “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper
Produced By: Paula Weinstein, Shawn Levy, Jeffrey Levine; Executive Producers Mary McLaglen, Jonathan Tropper

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Mailbox Monday

August 17, 2014

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Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued, and now hosted on its own blog.   Another week has flown by and I really didn’t accomplish that much – I’m not sure where the time went.   I keep thinking things will slow down but, so far, that hasn’t happened.  Here are the books that showed up in my mailbox:




What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review – Splat the Cat: The Name of the Game

August 16, 2014

Splat the Cat

Splat the Cat’s friends, Spike and Plank, come over to play games.  Splat loses every game they play.  When his little sister asks to play, he figures he finally has a chance, but he still loses, so Splat decides he doesn’t want to play anymore.  The others miss Splat and he discovers playing by himself isn’t as much fun.  They decide to play another game of hide and seek and Splat finally wins.  He declares, “I win because I have the best friends.”

Splat the Cat: The Name of the Game was written by Amy Hsu Lin and based on the bestselling books by Rob Scotton.  It’s a Level 1 Book in the I Can Read! series so it’s aimed at beginning readers.  It hits the mark with that – the words and the story are simple enough for little ones just starting their reading journey.

I thought the story was cute and liked the fact that Splat learned to appreciate his friends.  I also liked the fact that they wanted to include him in their games.  Rob Scotton created the cover art and Robert Eberz drew the illustrations inside the book – I thought they were all delightful and I’m sure they’ll help draw young readers into the story.    Splat the Cat: The Name of the Game is a cute book that will appeal to early readers.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

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Giveaway: Have a Nice Guilt Trip prize pack

August 15, 2014


Mother-daughter author team Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella have a new essay collection just out called HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP. Lucky for you, thanks to Tandem Literary, I have a copy of this book–plus their FOUR previous books–to give away to one lucky winner. (Yes, the winner gets all 5 books!)

You could win all of these great books!

  • Have a Nice Guilt Trip
  • Best Friends, Occasional Enemies
  • Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
  • My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space
  • Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog

You can also enter to win an awesome “Guilt Trip Giveaway” prize pack worth more than $1,000! Visit this page on Lisa’s website for full details and the entry form.

To enter to win this great prize pack, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open to those in the continental US only– one entry per person, please.  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST Sunday, August  24, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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