Monthly Archives: November 2014

Doggie Went A-Courtin’ by Angel Wheeler–Review by Bethanie

Doggie Went a courtin

Doggie Went A-Courtin’: an adaptation to a traditional song
By: Angel Wheeler
Illustrator: Nicolas Lonprez

Children’s Picture Book
Cute adaptation from a long-time favorite song. In saying that, however, I wanted to be able to kind of sing it as I read it. When I tried, I couldn’t. It kind of made me sad.
From a children’s book standpoint, though, it was cute. The illustrations were beautiful and the book would be good for any child that loves rhyming stories and/or songs.

The one thing that was rather difficult for me, though, was the small black print in the written part. If I may make a suggestion, find a different color font and a bigger font or put the black print into a small white box. Other than that, the book was cute. Thank you to Ms. Wheeler for introducing this book to me.

Happy Reading,
Bethanie

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The Adventures of Mophie and Picholas–Book 1: A Very Strange Trip to the Park By: Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi–Review by Bethanie

Mophie and Picholas 1

The Adventures of Mophie and Picholas

Book 1: A Very Strange Trip to the Park

By: Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi

Illustrated by: Sarah Minervini

Children’s Picture Book

 

What an absolutely charming little book. I still tried to call the two children in it Sophie and Nicholas as I was reading it, but corrected myself. I loved the story. Anything with dragons and magic kingdoms in it is always right up my reading alley. This was a sweet family story. Also something that children will enjoy. The illustrations were colorful, but small. Still they were fine for this charming little book.

What made it even better was a father and son wrote it together. I look forward to the next installment where I really hope to hear more about how they met Sylvester.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes adventures in the park.

Happy Reading,

Bethanie

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Just the Facts, Ma’am, Just the Facts

I review all kinds of books. When I get requests to read children’s books, many times, although I may be in the middle of a large novel–as I am now–(Lily) Predator and Prey by James D. Horton–I will read a quick children’s book. These may sometimes appear in-between the larger novels that I have to assign dates to.

So, to the authors of the larger novels, please don’t think I have forgotten about your books. I promise I am working diligently to get these done.

Happy Reading,

Bethanie

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The Only City Left- By: Andy Goldman–Review by Bethanie

The Only City Left

The Only City Left

By: Andy Goldman

First of all let me say I am not one to give much, if anything, away. I will say this–don’t judge a book by its cover. This cover gives nothing away to the fact of what is in it. Pick it up and read it. You will be happily amazed just like I was.

What an amazing fantastical world! Mr Goldman’s imagination is off the scale. There were things I loved about this novel and things I didn’t love about this novel. However, that is the mark of a good author. I laughed and cried and screamed, and still wondered.

There was so much that needed to happen in this novel that it took quite a bit to get there. This dystopian world blew my mind. The descriptions allowed me to incorporate myself within the story. There were times I wanted to ring the main character’s neck and times I wanted to cry for him and did. If a book pulls at my emotions and makes me feel each and every one, I consider it well-written. My stomach clenched in anticipation and exasperated sighs escaped my mouth when I wanted to get hold of someone and slap them around.

To Mr. Goldman–Well Done!!

WRITING AND STORY-LINE

The amount of time and thought that went into this novel, boggles my mind. What an imagination to create the world he did and make it believable at each and every turn. It helped that he used one of my favorite animals to create the story around. 🙂  The story-line was well thought-out and brought-together at the end, yet it left me wanting more.  I have questions about a few things that were in this book and seemed to just disappear from existence, but again that is just my observation. I expect to get my answers in the next however many books that go with this series. If I don’t then the story will feel incomplete, but I place my full trust in Mr. Goldman, and that he won’t disappoint me.

WARNINGS

Some readers care and some readers don’t, but there were a few foul words here and there. They were very few, though.

RECOMMENDATIONS

My recommended age group for this novel would be 15 and up. It is a young adult novel. I like the fact that Mr. Goldman took something popular and made it his very own, nothing like what readers would normally find. THANK YOU MR. GOLDMAN! Happy reading!

~Bethanie

 

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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