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Review: The Bunny Rabbit Show!

October 3, 2014

The Bunny Rabbit Show

The Bunny Rabbit Show! by Sandra Boynton is an adorable board book to share with little ones.  Told in rhyming verse, it’s the story of ten terrific rabbits who like to dance, sing, and perform.  You don’t have to be a rabbit to join in their fun, though,

But if you’re NOT a rabbit, don’t worry. It’s okay. Just find yourself some bunny ears and you’ll be on your way.  HEY . . .

Filled with Boynton’s delightful illustration, this book will be a treat for the eyes and ears of toddlers.  They’ll love the cute story and parents will appreciate the welcoming nature of the rabbits.  With easy to flip, heavy duty pages, The Bunny Rabbit Show! is sure to be a hit!

Listen to the song:


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.

Review copy provided by Workman Publishing.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Review: Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

October 2, 2014

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good

I’ve long been a fan of Jan Karon’s Mitford series.  It’s a charming, character-driven series set in an idyllic town in the North Carolina mountains and it never fails to make me feel good.  After a long hiatus, Karon is back with Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, the tenth book in the series.

Retired priest Father Tim and his wife Cynthia have returned to Mitford after several years.  Father Tim is restless and grumpy and he’s not sure why.  He needs to find a way to connect to people but turns down the opportunity to fill a vacancy at the local church.  As usual, he steps in to help when and where he sees the need in his community.

There are a lot of secondary characters and subplots in this book but, as usual, Karon does a wonderful job of weaving them together.  I was thrilled to revisit these old characters – they’re far from perfect and feel very human so they’re like old friends.  I found this book (and the rest of the series) quiet and comforting.

I thought Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good was delightful.  I loved being back with the people of Mitford – it’s pastoral and endearing and makes me long for simpler times.  This book can stand alone but I think those familiar with Mitford and its characters will enjoy it more.  In fact, if you’ve enjoyed this series in the past, this is a must read!

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 1, 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!

My first word came from Her by Harriet Lane.

1. matelot – “‘Her matelot top.”

Matelot means sailor.  Once again, I’m showing just how little fashion know-how I have – I actually own a matelot top.

matelot top

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My second word came from The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield.

2. bibulous – “He never appeared as a bibulous sort of drunk.”

This is one of those words I feel like I should know but can’t quite define.  Bibulous can mean highly absorbent or, as in this case, fond of alcoholic beverages.

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My third word came from The Mouse-Proof Kitchen by Saira Shah

3. sybaritic – “I feel too that this baby shares with him a sybaritic love of physical sensation.”

Sybaritic means fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure.

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 What words do you want to celebrate today?

Review: Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

September 30, 2014

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

Both of Emily’s parents are killed when the nuclear power plant they work at has a catastrophic accident.  Everyone assumes it was her father’s fault since he was in charge so Emily runs away to avoid their wrath.  Emily’s a bright girl and is passionate about the work of Emily Dickinson but she’s led a privileged life so it’s hard to imagine her on her own.

Emily’s tough, though, and manages to survive even though she misses her parents and dog.  She uses her wits but still finds herself in some bad situations.  When she comes across a young boy who’s in worse shape than she is, she does everything she can to protect him.

I’ve read, and enjoyed a couple of Chris Bohjalian‘s books in the past so I was really excited to read Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.  I liked this book a lot but I didn’t quite love it and I’m not totally sure why.  I thought Bohjalian nailed the voice of a teen-aged girl and I loved the way he incorporated her love of poetry into the book but, somehow, I never felt fully immersed in the story.  I think the book lacked the emotion I was looking for but I definitely think it’s worth reading.

The audio version of Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is narrated by Bohjalian’s daughter, Grace Blewer.  It took me a while to get used to her narration but, once I did, I thought she did an okay job.  The audio book is on 7 CDs and lasts approximately 8 and a half hours.

Listen to a sample:

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.

Mailbox Monday

September 29, 2014

Mailbox Monday September 29

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued, and now hosted on its own blog.   Things were back to normal last week.  I’m done with the doctor – for a few months anyway.  As far as books go, I actually broke even – I finished four books and got four new ones.  Here are the books that showed up in my mailbox:

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

 

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: Lola Goes to the Doctor

September 27, 2014

Lola Goes to the Doctor

Lola is back and it’s time for her to go to the doctor for a check-up.  She admits she’s scared but reminds herself that she’s a big dog.  Her doctor is kind and gentle and the procedures don’t hurt until it’s time for her shot.  Lola admits it stings a little bit and reminds herself she can handle it.

I adored Lola Goes to the Doctor by Marcia Goldman and think it’s the perfect book for any youngster who’s anxious about visiting the doctor.  Lola’s story is told with honesty and humor.  She admits she’s nervous and admits the shot hurts.  She’s also curious about the other animals in the waiting room and  wonders how the snake and the goldfish get their shots.

Lola on the scales

Both parents and kids will love the adorable photos in this picture book.  They do a wonderful job of capturing Lola’s emotions and are sure to keep youngsters engaged in her story.  I wish Lola Goes to the Doctor had been around when Vance was small!

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.

Review copy provided by Creston Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Giveaway: My Mother’s Secret

September 26, 2014

My Mother's Secret

I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but I’m really excited about My Mother’s Secret by J. L. Witterick and, thanks to the great folks at Penguin, I have a copy to give to one lucky reader!

About the book:

Based on a true story, MY MOTHER’S SECRET is a profound, captivating, and ultimately uplifting tale intertwining the lives of two Jewish families in hiding from the Nazis, a fleeing German soldier, and the clever and “righteous” mother and daughter who teamed up to save them.

Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives, MY MOTHER’S SECRET is a reminder that you don’t have to be extraordinary to make a difference. You can become extraordinary by making a difference.

This book was inspired by the true story of Franciszka Halamajowa, who, with her daughter, saved the lives of fifteen Jews in Poland during the Second World War. She also hid a young German soldier in her attic at the same time. Before the war, there were six thousand Jews in Sokal, Poland. Only thirty survived the war and half of those did so because of Franciszka.

To enter to win MY MOTHER’S SECRET by J. L. Witterick, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open to those with a US mailing address only– one entry per person, please.  I will use random.org to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST Friday, October 3, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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