The Hen Who Sailed Around the World by Guirec Soudee is the true story of Soudee’s 3,400-mile sea voyage with his pet hen, Monique. That pretty much sums up the story. There are lots of wonderful photographs of Soudee with Monique. And lots of wonderful photographs of Monique by herself. Not to mention lots of wonderful photographs of some of the friends they meet along the way. And we cannot forget the lots and lots of photographs of ice. Lots and lots of ice. The best description of Monique comes from a publisher description: “she surfs, she skateboards, and she […]
Our favorite little ballerina, sleepover-having, beach going vampire, Vampirina, is back with her family and they are having a grand adventure in the snow! Conveniently this book just happens to be named, (Imagine that!) Contessa Anne Marie Pace has brought to life our little vampire friend with a very special snow day. Her family and friends (even a reluctant big sister) go out to sled, toss snowballs, ice skate and even, possibly make a new friend! And perhaps the best part to this quirky story is what happens in the illustrations. To say that the illustrations are perhaps the best […]
Bingo Square (Round 2): Center/Free Space I was originally going to use this as my brain candy spot, but it didn’t quite fit that category for me. There was just a bit too much going on in the first few chapters for it to be pure fluff, and required more attention than my tired brain was expecting. There are absolutely absurd and hilarious moments, but with all the details of the all different parts of the galaxies, it also demands slightly more reader attention than your average brain candy. Over a hundred years ago, galactic powers had a huge, destructive […]
David Goodner and Louis Thomas’s Ginny Goblin Is Not Allowed to Open This Box is not a Halloween story. It is a story about patience and imagination. However, Ginny and her adventures will make a nice addition to ones Halloween book collection. Ginny is told she cannot open the oh so special box her parents have for her. That is, it cannot be opened until dinnertime. But of course, being a typical kid, she will pull out all the stops to find a way to reach that box once it goes up on the high shelf. She is not above […]
Skelly’s Halloween would be the perfect book for the young Halloween crowd. They will enjoy the silly antics that go along with a sweet story of a skeleton that just wants to go trick-or-treating as he is only awake for this one day. And all he wants to do is to celebrate Halloween. However, he has an accident that just makes him go all to pieces! And well….it takes more than the all the kings horses and kings men to put Skelly back together again. It takes a clever group of well-meaning friends and some clever children to help Skelly […]
Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? That is the question on the mind of a little sleepless girl. Well, one of many questions anyway. These questions make the “ghoulish seem foolish” and as she asks them, she is able to overcome her fears of the “things in the dark.” Monsters are no match for the imagination of this heroine! Of course, the adult will realize what is going on, especially on the last page as certain things come to light. The illustrations of debut author John Solimine compliment his rhyming text. Both text and art work are whimsical and sweet, taking the […]
What a great title for a book. What a shame that the book does not deal in either brevity or anything that resembles an account of Oscar’s life. This book was an absolute slog to get through. From the overt sexualization of women to the complete lack of plot there was nothing to be gained and certainly no connection to be made with any character. “The next day at breakfast he asked his mother: Am I ugly? She sighed. Well, hijo, you certainly don’t take after me. Dominican parents! You got to love them!” The book starts off promising, explaining […]
The What If of this book can be summed up as: What if Mystery, Inc., had actually tangled with chthonic beasts and didn’t realize it until their mid-twenties? What I thought of Meddling Kids? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery, too.