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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Shannon's Review - A Boy Like You And Me by Eva Maria Schwarz-Pretner




Title: A Boy Like You And Me
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Author: Eva Maria Schwarz-Pretner
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picturebook
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Received: Received from author for review
Release Date: December 2017
Pages: 32
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Shannon’s Thoughts:
A common little boy like you or me just wanting to have a nice day but there are some obstacles in his way. He goes out to watch a movie in a theatre but he is not able to see the screen, so he wishes for a long neck like a giraffe, to his surprise his wish is granted. As he goes through his day he makes more wishes which are granted.  He then goes home to only regret his wishes.

This picture book has an innocence about it.  The little boy is very sweet and makes wishes without a real thought to there outcome and luckily no one really gets hurts in the granting of the wishes.

There were some things I was expecting to happen. I thought other kids in the park seeing his differences and making fun or laugh at him. I also thought it would have been nice to just have one extra sentence on why it was better for him to wish away his wishes even though the illustrations do a little of the explaining.

A cute little book that I think little ones 5 and under will enjoy.  

Monday, May 21, 2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 5/21/2018 - 5/27/2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 5/21/2018 - 5/27/2018

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting.  You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for every holiday.

Let me know what you think.  Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?



MONDAY MAY 21ST 2018

National Waiters And Waitresses Day

Title: Diary Of A Waitress by Carolyn Meyer
Genre: Juvenile, Historical Fiction
What It Is About?: In 1926, droves of Americans traveled by train across the United States to visit the West. They ate at Harvey Houses, where thousands of well–trained waitresses provided first–class service. The Waitresses: The Journal of a Harvey Girl tells the first-person story of one spunky girl, Kitty Evans, as she faces the often funny and painful experiences she and fellow waitresses Cordelia and Emmy endure.
Available: IN STORES NOW



Title: Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Biography
What It Is About?: Eye-opening, outrageous, and unabashed—replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen tidbits of human grace in the most unlikely places—Waiter Rant presents the server's unique point of view, revealing surefire secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and ways to ensure that your waiter won't spit on your food.
Available: IN STORES NOW


TUESDAY MAY 22ND 2018

World Goth Day

Title: Gothic Art by Nicole Henderson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art
What It Is About?:  Gothic Art is a powerful new illustrated book, packed with intimate portraits of lonely vampires, winsome witches and stunning visions of eerie characters and landscapes.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: Goth by Chris Roberts, Hywel Livingstone, and Emma Baxter-Wright
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Design
What It Is About?: A visually compelling look at one of the most popular and compelling styles in art, fashion, and literature: the Gothic
Available: IN STORES NOW



WEDNESDAY MAY 23RD 2018

Lucky Penny Day

Title: Keep The Change by Harley J. Spiller
Genre: Non-Fiction, Hobbies, Collection, Money
What It Is About?:  This highly selective tour through U.S. currency legends and lore will inspire readers to look with a new sense of wonder at the bills that pass through our hands every day.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: The Lucky Penny by Shirley Redenius
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picturebook
What It Is About?: A rhyming children's book about a courageous penny. See where it goes on its adventures and journey of self-discovery.
Available: IN STORES NOW


THURSDAY MAY 24TH 2018


National Escargot Day

Title: Escargot by Dashka Slater
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picturebook
What It Is About?:
Bonjour! Escargot is a beautiful French snail who wants only two things:
1. To be your favorite animal.
2. To get to the delicious salad at the end of the book.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Clovis Crawfish And Etienne Escargot by Mary Alice Fontenot
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picturebook
What It Is About?: Rain falls steadily on the banks of the bayou, turning the dirt to mud and causing the water to rise. But Etienne Escargot has barely noticed the rain-he has laid a mound of tiny, pearl-white eggs and is overwhelmed by his good fortune. Too late, he realizes he is marooned on a mud pile in a growing puddle. Can Clovis Crawfish think of some way to save the unborn snails?
Available: IN STORES NOW


FRIDAY MAY 25TH 2018


National Missing Children Day


Title: Missing Children by James N Tedisco and Michelle A. Paludi
Genre: Non-Fiction, Psychology
What It Is About?:  This book fills a need by focusing on variables that assist in confronting and preventing child abductions, including teacher training, public education, and awareness, psychotherapeutic techniques for families and friends of abducted children as well as the children themselves.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: The Satin Man by Alan Whiticker and Stuart Mullins
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, True Crime
What It Is About?: In 2006, author Alan Whiticker, assisted by researcher Stuart Mullins, wrote the definitive account of the sibling's disappearance in Searching For The Beaumont Children. Since the publication of that book, fresh leads have been skeptically received, until one family, in particular, presented a remarkable possibility - that their family patriarch, a man with a peculiar predilection for satin, might have been involved.
Available: IN STORES NOW



SATURDAY MAY 26TH 2018


Sally Ride Day

Title: Sally Ride by Tam O’Shaughnessy
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Biography
What It Is About?: This vivid photobiography, written by Sally's life, writing, and business partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, offers an intimate and revealing glimpse into the life and mind of the famously private, book-loving, the tennis-playing physicist who made history.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: Sally Ride by Baby Professor
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Biography
What It Is About?: Get to know Sally Ride, the first American woman in space!
Available: IN STORES NOW



SUNDAY MAY 27TH 2018



Sunscreen Protection Day

Genre: Fiction, Children, Picturebook
What It Is About?: With read-aloud-friendly text and bold illustrations, young readers will learn surprising facts about animal adaptations such as how animals protect their eyes from the sun, walk in deep snow, breathe underwater and more.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Title: Homemade Sunscreen by Belinda Gibbons
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health, Recipes
What It Is About?: If you not feeling good about buying the sunscreens on the market after the banana boat scare why not make your own. Add the ingredients you feel safe putting on you and your family. My sunscreens contain toxic ingredients or endocrine disrupting chemicals that you run into your own body and loved ones.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Shannon's Review - Wade And The Scorpion's Claw by Tony Abbott


Title: Wade And The Scorpion’s Claw
Series: The Copernicus Archives #1
Author: Tony Abbott
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Adventure
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Received: Borrowed
Release Date: September 2014
Pages: 224
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

An action and adventure series like The National Treasure movies but with children.  The Kaplan family have fallen into a dangerous escapade searching for relics to keep them out of evil groups searching for them as well. The villainous groups have captured Wade’s mother and are not afraid to kill to get what they want.  

This book is a continuation of the Copernicus Legacy but called the Copernicus Archives.  If I understand correctly it takes place in between the 1st book in the Copernicus Legacy and the second 2nd book.  So it is 1.5 in the series. I did not know this because the book says it is number 1 in the series of the Copernicus Archives. So even though I was able to follow and enjoyed some of the adventures I was curious about things I have missed in the story like how Wade’s mother was captured and just how did this adventure start.

I had three problems with this book.  One, these kids are smart, a little too smart.  I mean, as far as I can tell they are American teen/pre-teen (?) that seems to know quite a few different languages like Latin and Portuguese. That is a little hard to believe. Two, the ending was so disappointing.  They didn’t the get what they needed and no info on where to go or how to save the mother. Three, why write a series that goes in between the original series. I picked this up in the library and it said it is number 1 in the series but technically it is not. Way too confusing.

I do not know if I will read any more of this series or it’s “spin-off”.  I believe the only copy the library has is the second book in the Archive series and none of the Legacy Series. I think it is just too confusing.