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The Week in Review: 04.14.2017

April 14, 2017
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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

CATSTRONAUTS: RACE TO MARS by Drew Brockington is the second book in the Catstronauts series and I think it’s even more fun than the first one.  The Castronauts are being lauded for their mission to the moon when they learn that several other space agencies are planning a mission to Mars.  They don’t want to be outdone and rush to prepare their mission.  All the agencies are determined to be first and launch at close to the same time.  When disaster strikes, they figure out, by working together, they can all achieve their goal.  The illustrations in this book are cute and the message is great.  It’s not necessary to read the first book, CATSTRONAUTS: MISSION MOON but I think young readers will enjoy this book more if they have.  (Review copy provided by LB Kids.)

WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES by Frances Whiting is a slow, meandering story of friendship.  When Annabelle and her quirky family moves to town, Annabelle and Tallulah (Lulu) became inseparable – the two best friends even share a sort of language they make up.  Their friendship suffers a horrible blow, though, when Lulu betrays her best friend.  Lulu feels guilt and regret and wonders if anything can every repair the rift created by her actions.  The book is told in the third person from Lulu’s point of view so it’s almost a character study of her.  I really enjoyed the story but think it could have been a little shorter.  I do think it would be great for book clubs  – my copy of the book has discussion questions and an interview with the author in the back.  (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)

If any of the children in your life are animal lovers, you need to pick up ANIMAL PLANET BABY ANIMALS by Dorothea DePrisco for them.  This edition of the Animal Bites series is loaded with beautiful, full-color photos that will make you say “Aww.”   Young readers will learn that some animals can walk and hunt for food from birth while others need to learn from their parents.  They’ll also discover that some animals are born live and others hatch from eggs.  Differences between babies and their parents are also explored.  The back of this wonderful book includes activities, resources, and a glossary.  In case you can’t tell, I loved this book and know early readers will too.   (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)


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On the Screen

I really enjoyed this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars and thought most of the celebrities danced well.  I’ve been impressed with Mr. T’s humility and attitude but do think it was time for him to go.  My favorites of the night were Nancy and Artem, Normani and Val, and Rashad and Emma.  Rashad remains my favorite of the season.

I dare anyone to see The Zookeeper’s Wife without shedding a few tears.  The movie is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Diane Ackerman about Antonina and Jan Zabinski who owned the Warsaw Zoo during World War II.  When the German army invaded their city and rounded up Jews to live in the ghetto, they used their facilities to save hundreds of them.  Jan would bring them from the ghetto and Antonina would hide them away and take care of them.  Critics are panning the movie but both my friend and I thought it was well done.  It’s emotional and gritty at times and made me wonder if I would have been so brave.  I haven’t read the book so I can’t compare the two but I think his movie is worth seeing – just be sure to have tissues handy.

Off the blog

  • This was a tough week emotionally.  A dear friend’s sister lost her 14 year battle with cancer.
  • Our weather has been gorgeous and I think it’s here to stay this time.  I’d washed blankets, sweats, etc. and put them away earlier but had to pull them back out.  I’ve started washing them again and hope we don’t need them again until the fall.
  • We walked three miles every morning and I averaged just over 16,300 Fitbit steps a day.
  • Be sure to check out my giveaway of THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY and THE FRIENDS WE KEEP, both by Susan Mallery.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

21 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2017 4:19 am

    I would cry So much

  2. April 14, 2017 6:26 am

    Walking on Trampolines sounds good!

  3. Beth F permalink
    April 14, 2017 7:02 am

    I agree with Jill, Walking on Trampolines does sound good. I can’t wait to read Lucky Broken Girl — it fits right in with my current immigration reading.

  4. April 14, 2017 7:42 am

    I’m sorry about your friend’s sister.

  5. April 14, 2017 8:00 am

    The baby animal book will be bought today for the granddaughters 🙂 I agree about DWTS – a lovely show this week. Sorry for the loss of your friend’s sister. She fought a long time.

  6. April 14, 2017 8:16 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing The Zookeeper’s Wife… even though I haven’t read the book that has been sitting on my shelf for years!

  7. April 14, 2017 9:12 am

    Sorry about your friend’s sister – may she rest in peace.

    I thought The Zookeeper’s Wife looked really good. I had no idea it was getting panned by critics. Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. April 14, 2017 9:57 am

    I agree with you on DWTS. The 3 weakest dancers were the 1st to go. Everybody that’s left is at least decent. I don’t think he will win. But I’m a big fan of David Ross. A pretty good dancer with a whole lot of personality.

  9. April 14, 2017 10:30 am

    So sorry for your friend’s loss.

    I have seen previews of The Zookeeper’s Wife, and it looks like a movie for me. I always enjoy Jessica Chastain, too, ever since I saw her in The Help…and then subsequent movies.

    Enjoy your good weather and your books. I’m curious about Lucky Broken Girl.

  10. April 14, 2017 12:40 pm

    Sorry to hear about your friend’s sister.

  11. April 14, 2017 2:14 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your bad week Kathy. Thanks for featuring both the animal book and the movie. My animal-loving granddaughter will be interested. I’m not following Dancing With the Stars this season, but I’m enjoying keeping up with your updates. How’s your puzzle going? Have a happy weekend.

  12. April 14, 2017 3:14 pm

    I’m loving DWTS this season as well. I have a couple celebrities that I’m ready to see head home, but I largely like all of them. That makes it fun to watch.

  13. April 14, 2017 9:18 pm

    Sympathies to your friend’s sister. Hope this is a better week for you.

  14. Patty permalink
    April 15, 2017 8:21 am

    Every time I hear of someone losing a cancer battle…especially a long one like that…I freak out…

    I love the way Rashad dances, too…Dancing With The Stars is really fun this time!

    I envy your steps…I am just too tired for that many!

  15. Lauren Becker permalink
    April 15, 2017 9:09 pm

    I’m sorry about your friend’s sister!

    I used to randomly watch Dancing With the Stars, but I haven’t in forever. glad you are enjoying it. 🙂


  16. The Cue Card permalink
    April 16, 2017 5:47 pm

    Thanks for the review of The Zookeeper’s Wife. I’m glad you think it’s worthwhile. I would like to see it. I listened to the audiobook which is quite complex, I’m thinking the movie might be better. I might see it this week.

  17. April 17, 2017 1:05 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s sister.

    If the movie of The Zookeeper’s Wife made you cry then it is better than the book. I thought the book was on the dry side.

  18. bookingmama permalink
    April 17, 2017 6:49 am

    I loved both WALKING ON TRAMPOLINES and the baby animal book. I’ll have to check out the movie — the previews looked great. I read the book years ago and it’s a pretty amazing story. The author got her undergrad at Penn State!

  19. April 17, 2017 9:11 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s sister. My uncle was just diagnosed and does not have much time left. Very hard on our family. Looks like the Catstronaughts is turning out to be a great series. I have the Zookeeper’s Wife on my bookshelf but have yet to read it. Enjoy your reading week.

  20. April 18, 2017 2:09 pm

    Sorry about your friend’s sister. That’s a very hard situation. The Zookeeper’s Wife is our June read-a-long at War Through the Generations this year.

  21. Literary Feline permalink
    April 20, 2017 1:48 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s sister. I really hate cancer. I haven’t yet read The Zookeeper’s Wife, but I would like to. I bet your right and I’ll cry my eyes out when I see the movie. I hope you are enjoying your week, Kathy.

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