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Review: 101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath

August 26, 2016

101 Reasons

When a young boy is told it’s time to take a bath, he balks and comes up with lots of reasons to stay out of the tub.  Of course, once the little guy gets in the tub and starts having fun, he doesn’t want to get out and suggests he can give you 102 reasons why he should stay in the bath.

101 Reasons Why I’m Not Taking a Bath by Stacy McAnulty is just what it sounds like – a list of reasons to stay out of the bathtub.  Some of the reasons are just what you’d expect – “I’m not dirty” – and others are clever, funny, and sure to produce giggles from little ones.  I think both parents and kids will be able to relate to this cute book.  Joy Ang‘s colorful illustrations add to this story about a typical kid.  Pick this book up to share a laugh with your little one.

Ikid konnection new 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 Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.

Review: Jonathan Unleashed

August 25, 2016

Jonathan Unleashed

Jonathan is living what he thought was the dream – he’s landed a job in advertising in New York City.  There are a couple catches, though – he hates his job, his apartment is questionable, and his relationship with his girlfriend is strained.  Jonathan’s brother asks him to take care of his two dogs while he’s out of the country and, with the help of the two dogs, Jonathan discovers what he truly wants in life.

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff is a cute, chick lit book about growing up and moving on.  Jonathan is an amiable young man – riding the wave of life and pretty much going along with what everyone else wants.  A friend gets him his job, his brother dumps his dogs on him, and his girlfriends presses him to get married when her magazine offers to foot the bill.

Jonathan’s not particularly happy but figures that’s the way life’s supposed to be.  He projects his unhappiness upon the dogs and becomes a regular at the local vet’s office.  It’s a good thing the dog’s are around because they sense what’s going on and lead Jonathan in the right direction.

I picked up Jonathan Unleashed after Jill said she and her husband enjoyed it and laughed out loud as they read it.  I enjoyed the book too – it’s smart, clever, and fun, even when it’s somewhat predictable.  It’s not necessary to love dogs to enjoy this book but I think animal lovers will like it more.  Qwerty Films has bought the movie options for Jonathan Unleashed and I think it will make a cute movie.  Pick this book up when you’re in the mood for something light and fun!

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

 

Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 24, 2016

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 one word in 9 ½ Narrow by Patricia Morrisroe.

1. mohel – “A nearsighted mohel?”

A mohel is a person who performs the Jewish rite of circumcision.

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This word came from Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon.

2. thurible – “Somewhere in there, he had conducted a house blessing and a clinic blessing, replete with thurible.”

A thurible is a metal censer suspended from chains, in which incense is burned during worship services.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Review: The One That Got Away

August 23, 2016

The One That Got Away

Married mother of two, Abbey Lahey feels overwhelmed more often than not.  She and her husband work hard but he’s struggling in his landscaping business.  They’re so busy, they never seem to have time to talk and connect anymore.  Abbey dreams about what her life would be like if she’d gone out with the handsome man who worked in the same building she did.

Abbey buys a purse that’s much too expensive and falls on an escalator, hitting her head, when she goes to return it.  She wakes up in an alternate life, married to that handsome man, who just happens to be running for Congress, and finds the life with him isn’t as wonderful as she thought it would be.

The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes is a new twist on an old story – experiencing a different life in order to appreciate the one you’re living.  As you’d expect, it was pretty predictable.  I enjoyed it and thought it was cute but also thought it was just a tad too long.  For me it was light, fluffy, and thought provoking, just as it was meant to be.

The audio version of The One That Got Away is narrated by Kristin Kalbli and I thought she did a terrific job.  She kept me invested in the story even when it grew repetitious.

I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Mailbox Monday

August 22, 2016

Mailbox Monday August 22

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.   I’m visiting my mom this week so won’t be around much.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Tuesday

Thursday

What did you find in your mailbox last week?

Review: When Penny Met POTUS

August 19, 2016

When Penny Met POTUS

Penny’s mom works at the White House so Penny has heard plenty about POTUS.  She’s very curious about what POTUS must be like and imagines all kinds of things.  She finally gets to go to work with her mom and, when her mom gets busy, Penny starts hunting for POTUS, only to be disappointed to discover POTUS is human.

When Penny Met POTUS by Rachel Ruiz is a cute picture book that highlights the imagination of young children.  I thought this book was fun but wish Ruiz had taken it a little bit farther by sharing famous parts of the White House or some of what the President does during the day.  Still, it’s a great introduction to the office for kids and Melissa Manwill‘s illustrations enhance the story.

Ruiz got the idea for this book when she was working on President Obama’s campaign and her own three year old peppered her with questions about him.  Pick When Penny Met POTUS up to start a conversation about the Office of the President this election year.

Ikid konnection new 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 Capstone.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

Review: Trying to Float

August 18, 2016

Trying to Float

Seventeen year old Nicolaia Rips grew up in New York City’s Chelsea Hotel and shares her memories in Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel.  After hearing her daily complaints, her father suggested she write them down and so she did just that.  Her father worked with her to strengthen her story and narrative and the results became this book.

Rips seemed to fit in better with the eccentric characters at the hotel than she did with her peers at school.  She shares what it was like growing up a somewhat socially awkward outsider trying to navigate New York City and its public schools.  Her parents were loving and supportive but maintained a moderately hands off attitude toward parenting.

I went into Trying to Float with high hopes – a memoir set in a New York City hotel sounded right up my alley – but I did have a few issues with the book.  First of all, some of the stories seemed to be how a young child imagined them rather than how they actually happened.  (Yes, I know, a memoir is an author’s recollection of events, but a few of hers seemed a little far-fetched.)  Also, most of the stories took place away from the Chelsea Hotel.

From the subtitle and description, I thought I was picking up a memoir of what it’s like to grow up in a hotel and felt like I got a YA coming of age story.  Because of my incorrect expectations, I liked this book but didn’t love it.  In my (nonprofessional) opinion, Trying to Float would do better marketed to a YA audience.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

 

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