The Week in Review: 04.14.2017
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.)
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?