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Review: The Time Garden

November 5, 2015

The Time Garden

I’m sure most people are aware that a lot of adults are turning to an old childhood pastime to de-stress.  Coloring for adults is in and adult coloring books are topping bestseller lists.  Adult coloring books are much more detailed and on better quality paper than the ones we all remember from our childhood.

The Time Garden by Daria Song is just gorgeous and can be colored with colored pencils or markers.  It’s illustrations tell the story of a little girl who’s fascinated by a cuckoo clock her father brings home.  When she inspects it, she discovers a fairy who transforms her house into something magical.

This coloring book has a variety of pages – some more detailed than others.  The pages are glued like a traditional binding so you have to break the spine to get the book to lay flat – I think a spiral binding or pages that tear out would have been a nice feature but I’m sure that would have added to the cost.

The Time Garden interior

I’ve tried my hand at coloring and, I’m afraid, I’m not that good at it although I do enjoy it.  I’ve recently discovered YouTube videos with tutorials, though, and can’t wait to try some techniques I’ve seen.  I plan to host a coloring party after the holidays and will definitely be using The Time Garden when I do.

Review copy provided by Ten Speed Press.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 4, 2015

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 two new words in Newport by Jill Morrow.

1. quell – “Jim sent him a quelling glance from across the table.”

After I looked this up, I realized I should have known it.  Quelling means to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity.


2. pillory – “’No need to pillory yourself, Adrian,’ she said gently.”

In this case, pillory means to expose to public contempt, ridicule, or scorn.


My last word was in an advanced copy of Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker.

3. Rolfing – “You were a rolfer, too, massaging those lucky people while wearing nothing or your loincloth.”

Rolfing is used for a system of muscle massage intended to serve as both physical and emotional therapy.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

At the movies: Grandma

November 3, 2015


When Sage needs money she turns to her grandmother Elle for help.  Elle doesn’t have the money and recently cut up her credit cards but she thinks she knows a few people who can help them out.  Nothing pans out, though, so Sage and Elle decide they need to go to Judy, Elle’s daughter and Sage’s mother.  This crisis might be just the thing to bring the three women closer to each other.

Carl and I thought the trailer for Grandma looked pretty funny so we decided to see the movie.  We discovered that most of the movie’s humorous moments are in that trailer.  That’s not to say the movie isn’t good, it’s just not what we were expecting.

The acting in this movie is great – it was wonderful to see Lily Tomlin in a leading role.  The story is good, too, but I have to admit it left me feeling a little glum as we left the theater.  I’d still recommend it to those who enjoy exploring family relationships.

Mailbox Monday

November 2, 2015

Along the Infinite Sea

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.    Please don’t remind me that it’s November – I’m in complete denial.  I don’t know where last week went so I sure don’t know how the last ten months have flown by.   I got one book last week and it looks like a really good one.


What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: Counting Lions

October 30, 2015

Counting lions

Counting Lions by Katie Cotton is a gorgeous picture book that combines counting with endangered animals.  This is a large book – it measures approximately 11 inches by 14 inches – so it’s perfect for sharing with little ones.  Each page spread features a large illustration of animals as well as a paragraph about them.  Stephen Walton illustrated this book and his drawings are beautiful and lifelike – they almost look like photographs.  There are more details on each of the animals as well as their protection status in the back of the book.

I absolutely loved Counting Lions.  Young children will love the illustrations and enjoy counting the animals as well as learning their names.  They can grow with this book, too, and learn about protection status and why some of these animals are endangered.  Animal lovers will adore this book and it would make a wonderful addition to any library.

Check out this time-lapse video of Walton working on the book’s cover:


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.

Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


At the movies: The Intern

October 29, 2015

The Intern movie poster

Widower Ben Whittaker is lonely and feeling at a loss when he notices a flyer for senior interns.  He decides to apply and finds himself interning at a hip online clothing company.  His knowledge and experience bring a lot to the company and its employees.

The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, was a breath of fresh air!  It’s smart and funny and has a great message.  It tells a fun story without offensive language or scenes.  The casting was perfect as well.  In case you can’t tell, I loved this movie and for the first time in a long time the audience clapped at the end when I saw it.

I think this movie will appeal to a more mature audience the most but everyone can benefit from it’s message.


Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 28, 2015

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 two words in some different places last week. My first word came from an Instagram post by Care.

1. frass – Care posted a photo of caterpillars and added, “‘The FRASS’ (New word I’m adopting into frequent use.)”

Frass is debris or excrement produced by insects.


My second word came from an event on our neighborhood’s Facebook page.  The social committee added an event – “2015 Penultimate Music in the Park.”  As I’ve run into friends and neighbors, we’ve wondered what was going to happen at this particular music in the park to make it so special.  I decided to look up penultimate and was surprised by it’s meaning.

2. penultimate – 2015 Penultimate Music in the Park

Penultimate is the last but one in a series of things; second to the last.  I plan to use this word a lot.


What words do you want to celebrate today?


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