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Dark Tales Graphic Novels: The Call of Cthulhu Written by H.P. Lovecraft, adapted and illustrated by Dave Shephard 128 pages – ages 9+ Published by Canterbury Classics on April 3, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- ” In this Dark Tale, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming… H. P. Lovecraft's story of supernatural monsters deep in the Pacific, told in graphic novel format, will keep you on the edge of your seat. More than 100 pages of illustrated horror and adventure await! Henry Wilcox can't ignore his dreams of an enormous green monster calling to him from an underwater alien city. He seeks the help of Professor Angell, who dies suddenly, leaving a box of research on the subject for his nephew, Francis. Francis seeks answers about his uncle's death, and in the process uncovers evidence of a cult waiting for the Great Old Ones to return. “ What I Thought- I thought that this was a great graphic novel, with vivid illustrations that encapsulate the feeling of the book. I will admit that this was my first time being introduced to H.P. Lovecraft, and I did enjoy it, and I look forward to trying “The Call of Cthulhu” in prose as well. Shephard said that he took some liberties with the [...]
Tue, Dec 11, 2018, Continue reading at the source
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With the holidays coming up, I always promote the giving of books! Kids can never have too much to read! These books caught my eye as great gifts for the kids on Santa's nice list (or even naughty – books are great for everyone! ) They are all five out of five bookworm books for me! Wiggles By Claire Zucchelli-Romer Series: Touchthinklearn Board book: 26 pages – ages 2+ Published by Chronicle Books; Brdbk edition on April 3, 2018 Publisher's Synopsis: Little fingers twist and turn, zig and zag, moving on, over, and through pages filled with fluorescent die-cut dots and playful, grooved paths. This brilliant application of the groundbreaking TouchThinkLearn format compels the youngest learners to explore and engage with their world in a hands-on, multisensory way. The premise is simple: Hear an instruction, repeat its words, and playfully trace out its action. Multiple modes of perception combine to inspire and instill a deeper understanding of essential concepts and language. TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles offers a priceless way to play, read—and have fun—together! What I thought: In the spirit of Herve Tullet's Press Here, this interactive book is a sensory sensation! I love the textures kids can experience while interacting with the book. The text of [...]
Wed, Nov 28, 2018, Continue reading at the source
It is snow here in Pennsylvania! I am still on holiday from school, so I thought, what better way to spend the day than telling you about some picture books! Wish By Matthew Cordell Board book: 36 pages – 2 – 4 years Published by Disney-Hyperion; Brdbk edition on March 6, 2018 Publisher's Synopsis: As an elephant couple embark on a life together, thoughts of children are far away-at first. But as the desire for a child grows, so do unexpected challenges. And it's only after thwarted plans and bitter disappointment that their deepest wish miraculously comes true. What I thought: This is an adorable book that really warms your heart. It touches on many different things. I love that the parents are elephants so they do not have an ethnicity and can reflect any one. The story's text is simple with repeating words in the text making it easy for beginning readers to follow along. The book touches on preparing for a child and the excitement around it, infertility (or parents just not getting pregnant), and the healing process, and the joy when finally a child is brought into a family. As an adopted child myself, I appreciated that the book never specified if the [...]
Tue, Nov 27, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Louisiana's Way Home By Kate DiCamillo 240 pages – Ages 9+ Published by Candlewick Press on October 2, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- “When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana's life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana's and Granny's heads. But that is a story for another time.)” What I Thought- Kate DiCamillo is one of my favorite children's authors, and this is a book that only reinforces that. Louisiana's Way Home was one of the most interesting reads I've had in a while [...]
Mon, Nov 26, 2018, Continue reading at the source
HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my American friends! Also I get to announce that Amber won the Santa Bruce Prize Pack!! I will be emailing you to ask you where you would like your prize sent to. Now on to today's review! Where the Watermelons Grow By Cindy Baldwin 256 pages – ages 9+ Published by HarperCollins on July 3, 2018 Synopsis from Publisher- “When twelve-year-old Della Kelly finds her mother furiously digging black seeds from a watermelon in the middle of the night and talking to people who aren't there, Della worries that it's happening again—that the sickness that put her mama in the hospital four years ago is back. That her mama is going to be hospitalized for months like she was last time. With her daddy struggling to save the farm and her mama in denial about what's happening, it's up to Della to heal her mama for good. And she knows just how she'll do it: with a jar of the Bee Lady's magic honey, which has mended the wounds and woes of Maryville, North Carolina, for generations. But when the Bee Lady says that the solution might have less to do with fixing Mama's brain and more to do with healing her own heart, [...]
Thu, Nov 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Daddy Depot Written by Chana Stiefel Illustrated by Andy Snair A Feiwel and Friends Book 5/16/2017 978-1-250-05889-8 36 pages Ages 2—5 . Themes: Father's Day, Daddies, Choices Genre: Children's Fiction Picture Book, Fantasy Synopsis • • • Come to • • • Daddy DEPOT The Dad Megastore! “From Acrobats to Zookeepers, we have the … [...]
Fri, Jun 09, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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