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A short update. Home from the hip aspiration. The radiologist pulled nothing out of the hip joint, which is fantastic. This is the fifth time I've gone through this and that should have been it . . . but he decided to aspirate from three more positions, each one worse than the last. A clear … [...]
Wed, Sep 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
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Avast! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arr – So today me review (‘n this post) be translated into Pirate-Speak t' celebrate! Nothing Rhymes with Orange By Adam Rex 48 pages – ages 5+ Published by Chronicle Books on August 1, 2017 Publisher's Synopsis- “We all know nothing rhymes with orange. But how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out! When a parade of fruit gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can't help but feel like it's impossible for him to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive.” Wha' I Thought- ‘Tis a really clever book from Rex, natterin' about bein' left out in an incredibly hilarious way that manages ta touch th' readers as well. I be a fan o' how Rex be usin' real pictures o' th' fruit, ‘n then drew o'er th' pictures ta create th' characters – it really adds a nice touch t' it all. Cast yer eyes upon it – The rhyme be fun an' flows in a sing-song way like the mermaid lookin' ta cast their spell on ye. Th' rhyme turns [...]
Tue, Sep 19, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The Shanghai Incident Series: Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant 2 (#1) By Bryan Methods 248 pages – ages 9+ Will be published by Carolrhoda Books on October 1, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “The pursuit of an international crime syndicate sends British vigilante butler Mr. Scant and his protégé Oliver Diplexito on a globe-hopping trip. After defeating a sinister secret society in Oliver's home country of England, the unlikely pair has arrived in Paris, searching for Mr. Scant's missing niece. What they discover are hints of a conspiracy that leads them all the way to Shanghai, China. Each clue they find only leads to more questions. That is, until Mr. Scant, Oliver, and their allies realize they're the only hope of stopping a plot against China's child emperor.” What I Thought- I really liked the first book in the series, and Methods' second book most definitely lives up to the precedent set with his debut. I love how it is all set in a believable time, where the history seems to be fairly accurate, just fitting more into the steampunk theme – but also quite subtly. The book has a lot of action, and I was so caught up in the thrill of it all that I [...]
Mon, Sep 18, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a nice book about trying to be the best you can be. The Bad Seed Written by Jory John Illustrated by Pete Oswald 40 pages – ages 4+ Published by HarperCollins on August 29, 2017 Theme/Topic- Being kind/Change Genre- Fiction Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “I'm a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaaad seed.” Synopsis from Publisher: “This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He's been bad since he can remember!” What I Thought- I really enjoyed this book – I like how it shows us how the seed is bad, then it tells us why he became bad, and finally how he came to the decision to be nicer. I also really appreciate how the book shows readers that it's okay not to be perfect as soon as you decide to change; it makes sure kids know it takes time, and you just need to keep trying. It really [...]
Fri, Sep 15, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Hi, everyone. It has been all summer since I last came to this site. More importantly, it is about time to update my situation. I am not comfortable relating my personal issues, as I have tried to not let them interfere with KLR, but the problems are not yet resolved. After having an infected hip removed, … [...]
Thu, Sep 14, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a wordless story (and I love well-done wordless stories!) about enjoying one's life. Professional Crocodile Written by Giovanna Zoboli Illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio 32 pages – ages 4+ Published by Chronicle Books on August 1, 2017 Theme/Topic- Appreciation of every day moments? I don't know. It's really good though! Genre- Fiction Opening and Synopsis- Opening: [Wordless Picturebook] Synopsis from Publisher: “Mr. Crocodile loves his job. Every morning he gets up with an alarm. He brushes his teeth. He chooses the right tie to match his outfit, eats a quick slice of toast, and heads off to work on a crowded train. But what exactly is his job? The answer may surprise you!” What I Thought- Zoboli and Di Giorgio have created an awesome silent picture book. The illustrations draw a lot of attention to daily life, and I like how Mr. Crocodile is not only reacted to as a human, but as a crocodile too (some people are a bit unsure of his presence, but it is generally accepted [...]
Fri, Sep 08, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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