A Good Book

I first “got” into books once I was actually able to read them, much later than my peers (okay, way, way, way later than my peers). The R.L Stine series and The Boxcar Children when I was younger. Then, once again when I became a nanny and couldn’t find anything worth watching on TV when…

Holiday Kids’ Book Reviews

Little Fox, Lost by Nicole Snitselaar with illustrations by Alicia Padron – although not a holiday themed book, the story is set in the beautiful winter snow. Fox is, of course, lost. A simple story with a simple message. The illustrations make you feel like you are viewing the story through a snow-globe. How Do…

Thanksgiving Book Reviews – kid’s books

Pete the Cat – First Thanksgiving by Kimberly and James Dean – This story read a little too over the top non-fiction, a story that is all telling without showing anything. Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman – I loved this book! The rhyming of the story is excellent and the story is something new that…

Maxi’s Secrets (or what you can learn from a dog) – book review

Maxi’s Secrets by Lynn Plourde This middle grade book is about the relationship between Timminy, his dog Maxi and his neighbor Abby. While it was an enjoyable story, I felt it lacked the arc needed to make the story really sizzle. For me, the side character, of Rory felt unimportant, when it really could have…

Halloween Book Reviews – kid’s books

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman – I had high hopes for this book, but Corduroy’s discovery of a costume was a let down. Sadly, I don’t think kids would find Corduroy’s costume great either. 10 Busy Brooms by Carole Gerber – Cute Halloween themed counting book. Illustrations by Michael Fleming fill out the…

Autumn Book Reviews – kid’s books

Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland – This book was rather different both in illustrations as well as text. I loved that a parent could read the large print poem version or/and the non-fiction aspect of the book. The illustrations by Elly MacKay provided exceptional three-dimensional imagery. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson –…

Author Interview with Jane Haseldine – THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM

Your writing comes off so well that several times I stopped reading and wondered, gosh did she really have this happen to her in real life! Do ideas come to you that you DIDN’T experience as a journalist? First of all, thank you, Savannah! That’s a very kind thing to say. I definitely used my…

The Vegas Diaries ~ book review

The Vegas Diaries by Holly Madison is less juicy than her prior book, Down the Rabbit Hole. The book read as a recap of pearls, when her prior book read like a diamond, showing off the inside a bit more. The Vegas Diaries felt like the diary you might keep if your parents found it,…

Lily and Dunkin – book review & personal story

I’ve read all four of Donna Gephart’s books and loved them all. Which meant when her latest book landed on the book shelf I had to read it. Lily and Dunkin is a middle grade book centered around being transgender and bipolar disorder. For me, middle grade was horrible (and I was dealing with neither…

Raymie Nightingale ~ book review

I had read a few interviews with Kate DiCamillo and was looking forward to her newest book Raymie Nightingale. I loved Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures and Because of Winn-Dixie, and thought that The Tale of Despereaux was rather fun. (I am making my way through books DiCamillo has authored). The chatter around Raymie…

See Me ~ Book Review

​Maybe Nicholas Sparks has run out of excellent story ideas…I questioned this as I read his last SEVERAL novels. Yes I do compare all his works to The Notebook (don’t we all?). Which was written with pure perfection. See Me felt like a different spin on The Longest Ride. It also felt like an attempt…

Dog Crazy ~ Book Review

I was not sure how I would go about dealing with the loss of my dog Charley back in September. Turns out I am still not fully aware. My anxiety in what would be Charley’s final months was unrealized until she passed. Turns out I was also worried about how my other dog Bayou and…