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Mythologica- A Must-Read for Mythology Lovers

Mythologica- A Must-Read for Mythology Lovers

I have a new go-to recommendation for Greek Mythology! Mythologica- An encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters, and Mortals from Ancient Greece is an absolutely stunning book. As soon as I saw the cover I knew it would be one that we had to have. I am […]

4 Beautiful New Picture Books for Spring!

4 Beautiful New Picture Books for Spring!

Springtime is here in Florida! Hopefully, it is on its way where you live as well!! I have 4 absolutely beautiful books to share with you that will make perfect additions to your springtime reading! My friends at Sleeping Bear Press sent these my way […]

Shutterbug is the Bees Knees

Shutterbug is the Bees Knees

Lights! Camera! Action! Shutterbug is a brand new picture book that will whisk you back in time to the days of old Hollywoodland! Everything about Shutterbug has an old Hollywood feel to it…from the old-fashioned phrases to the black and white illustrations you will feel transported to old Tinseltown!

Shutterbug by Merry Gordon is a story about Don and his lightning bug who are down on their luck in La La Land. One day their luck changes when they happen upon an old camera and begin snapping photos of the young and glitzy stars and starlets of Hollywoodland. Can their luck last when even Tinseltown is hit with hard times?

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. It just screamed “Old Hollywood” to me! I was immediately drawn into the book by the black and white illustrations provided by artist Eddie Gordon. The book is set in the 1930’s and the black and white illustrations were a perfect fit. It really just transported you back in time to Old Hollywood!

I also really loved the addition of the old words and phrases. Is there any better term than “The Bees Knees”? I think not! Having the words in bold and having a glossary at the end was such a wonderful touch. Even though I had heard most of these terms before, I definitely needed a little help in remembering what everything meant! I think parents reading this with children will also appreciate the glossary!

Shutterbug would be a great addition to a lesson on the 1930’s or the Great Depression. It ties in perfectly!

About the Author and Illustrator

About the Author:
Merry Gordon is a writer, editor and teacher who ransacks vintage clothing shops and daydreams about having Bette Davis eyes. She lives in Arizona with her husband, children and dog, who all look great in fedoras.

About the Illustrator:
Eddie Gordon is a husband, dad and graphic designer in Arizona. He spends any free time trying to learn guitar, fixing things his kids break and attempting to impress his wife (with varying degrees of success).

For More Information

Shutterbug is published by the wonderful folks at Pink Umbrella Books who were kind enough to send me a copy for review! I have absolutely loved being a part of this blog tour! You can visit Pink Umbrella Books by clicking to their website here.

To order a copy of Shutterbug you can click here.

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Ring in the New Year with Freedom Soup!

Ring in the New Year with Freedom Soup!

Can you believe we are just days away from ringing in the New Year? I say it every year, but I honestly can’t believe another year has gone by! I have a gorgeous new book to share with you that would make a perfect read […]

Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

We haven’t even finished with 2019 and I already have a giant list of book recommendations for you! 2020 promises to be an amazing year in the book world! I just had the pleasure of reading an Advanced Readers Copy of Louder Than Words by […]

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

You may have guessed by now that I really LOVE picture books…like, a lot! They are one of my favorite types of books to read and I absolutely LOVE sharing new picture books with you! Well, today I have a new book that I think you will love! It is called Olive and it is a beautiful blend of sweet, funny, and heartwarming!!

Meet Olive

I would like to introduce you to a very sweet lamb named Olive Ewe. Olive is such a happy little lamb but she tends to find herself getting into some sticky messes. She always has such wonderful intentions…but they somehow usually end up going very wrong! For example, the one time when Olive made a beautiful card for her mom…and ended up getting it glued to her own head. She always tries her best but things just keep going wrong and her family is getting frustrated with her! Will her family still love her despite her flaws?

Oh my goodness we just loved this story! My kids and I loved the fun rhyming of the story! When you add in the play on words with “Olive Ewe” it makes for such a fun read-aloud! We absolutely adored the bright illustrations…they worked so well with the story and added so much to the charm!

One of the best parts of this book for me was the conversations that came from it! It opened up lots of discussions about times when we are trying our best and things just don’t go our way. We talked a lot about how just because things don’t go our way, it doesn’t mean that we will be loved any less! This is a reason why picture books are so incredible…they often open up such wonderful discussions!

For More Info

I would love to thank Pink Umbrella Books for sharing a copy of this book with us! We absolutely loved it! Olive is written by Michelle E. Wilson and illustrated by Angie Penrose.

For more information on the author, you can visit her website at http://www.michellewilsonwrites.com/

To grab a copy for yourself, click here!

olive is a sweet, funny, and heartwarming new picture book
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Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

“If the impossible is possible anywhere, it’ll be possible in Eerie-on-Sea” Welcome to the sleepy beach town of Eerie-on-Sea. It is winter, and everything is different during the winter. You see, legend has it that a monstrous creature called the Malamander prowls the shore of […]

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% pure magic from beginning to end. I finished the book in two days and could not put it down. Cassie Beasley beautifully weaves a story full of magic and heart with a little mystery tied in! I can’t wait to re-read […]

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

 

Some books have a way of simultaneously breaking your heart and making it swell. All The Impossible Things was a gut-wrenchingly beautiful story that captured my heart and attention.  I hope that my words can do this book justice because it is just so special! I can’t wait to share it with you!

All The Impossible Things

Ruby “Red” Byrd is a young girl that is trying to find her way while navigating the foster care system. Red has been moved from home to home and is counting down the days until she is reunited with her mother. 397 days. 397 days until Red’s mother is released from prison and they can be a family again. In addition to the turbulence of being moved from place to place, Red has an inner turbulence. Whenever she is angry or scared, the wind begins to blow. Red is struggling to control her power over the wind, the more she pushes it back, the more it tries to come to the surface. The more and more Red’s life spirals out of control, the more control she loses over her wind!

After being removed from another home, Red is finally placed with the Grooves. Jackson and Celine Groove are sunshine on a stormy day. They greet Red with open arms. The Grooves run the Groovy Petting  Zoo and they are just as quirky and loveable as their zany array of animals. Red seems to be settling into her life at the farm and makes friends with a  tree-climbing goat named Billie, a donkey named Fezzik, and Tuck the tortoise! Not to mention sweet Marvin and his family! Just when things seem to be running smoothly, the tornado that is Red’s mother returns. Red has been so eager to have her mother back…but will things be different this time? Will Red finally have the family she has always dreamed of?

My Thoughts

To say that this book blew me away would be an understatement. I was hooked from the first few pages and couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in the story and the characters that I HAD to know what happened. Let’s just say very little laundry got done and my kids may have eaten cereal for dinner…but it was worth it!

Author Lindsay Lackey writes in such an incredible way that it made the characters come alive for me. I felt the emotions right along with them. Anger, fear, sorrow, happiness, disappointment, joy…I felt it all! As someone who has no experience with the foster care system, I was worried that I  might not have a connection to the book. The opposite was true. I felt so connected to the story and to the characters. Lackey tackles several extremely heavy topics in the pages of the book, such as loss and addiction, and she handles them so beautifully and gently but without minimizing their seriousness.

About halfway through the book, I decided I had to get my hands on every other book that Lindsay Lackey has ever written. I fell in love with her writing style. You guys…this was her debut novel! MIND.BLOWN. I hope that this will be the first of many amazing books to come! She is a gifted storyteller and I think this is going to be the first of many beautiful books!

If you are looking for a beautiful story with elements of magic, adventure, heartache, and love, then this is an absolute gem you don’t want to miss. I would like to thank Macmillan for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

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Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at the public library, and for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. Now, she writes magical novels for middle-grade readers and unabashedly believes in impossible things. Born and raised in Colorado, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dog.

Lindsay’s debut middle grade novel, ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, released on September 3rd, 2019 from Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press.

For more information on Lindsay Lackey, you can find her website here.

To order your own copy, click right here.

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The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Review and Craft!

The Curse of the Werepenguin Bolt Wattle is an orphan. He has spent most of his life at Having spent most of his life at the Oak Wilt Home for Unwanted Boys, all Bolt wants is to find his real family. One day Bolt learns […]


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