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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Shannon's Reviews - Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead


Title: Bob
Series: N/A
Authors: Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy,
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Received: Bought
Release Date: May 2018
Pages: 208

Author Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead’s Official Websites:

Wendy Mass -


Rebecca Stead-

Wendy Mass- @wenmass
Rebecca Stead- @rebstead

Shannon’s Thoughts:

Livy and her family have come back to Australia to visit her grandmother. She has not been to see her in five years. Five years ago Livy was so young she does not really remember the last visit but some memories start to come back especially about a funny chicken??  It just so happens that “funny chicken” has been hiding in her old bedroom closet for five years waiting for Livy to help him find out who he is, what he is, and where he belongs.

Bob called out to me immediately.  The beautiful cover and well... the title of course.  I loved the back and forth chapters of Livy narrating one and then Bob the next. The character Bob was adorable I felt so bad that he waited so long for her in that closet.  Especially after finding out that grown-ups couldn’t see him. Poor little Bob. I also liked the fact that it sort of explains why Livy forgot and what she did to not forget again. Such a cute book!  

In a few reviews, I see that some were disappointed with Bob because they have read some of the other books the authors have written and this was different.  I think when it is realized that this is a book for juveniles on the younger part of the spectrum than the book more enjoyable. Don’t expect this story to have a moral.  Just a little comforting and entertaining read.

I would say the age spectrum is baby to 8 or 9 years. The younger ones will love this as you read it aloud. It’s cute and not really scary. Bob has a place in my heart for sure.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shannon's Review - Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson

Title: Treasure Island
Series: N/A
Author: Robert Lewis Stevenson
Genre: Fiction, Classic
Publisher: Public Domain Books(for above edition)
Received: Bought
Release Date: 2006 (for above edition)
Pages: 124

Author Robert Lewis Stevenson’s Official Websites:





Shannon’s Thoughts:

Young Jim Hawkins helps his mother tend to their inn where they see all sorts of unsavory people coming and going.  In particular, the worst is the drunken pirates. After the death of a particularly desired pirate in the inn Jim gets caught up with a secret map leading to treasure. He joins a ship with Captain Smollett and Long John Silver to find the fortune. Unfortunately, all is not what it seems and Jim overhears some shipmates privately plan a mutiny.  

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would.  After trying to read another classic (like Moby Dick) I feared this one was going to share the DNF(Did Not Finish) pile.  Or share the pile with most of the classic I read, which is one or two stars out of five. Thankfully this is one I thought was lovely.  Most classics are written differently because they from another time in the world and the way language was written(and maybe said) is just divergent.  I did not remember the many movies that were made of this. Even the muppet one is a blur in my mind. So I was coming at this almost a blank slate. I did catch many references that are now in The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies and Disney ride. It was fun, sometimes a little dark but it was a good voyage.  

As for the downside of Treasure well it has been a few days since I finished and for the life of me, I can not remember the ending. I feel like maybe the end was abrupt and could have gone on.  Or maybe it is because I have a sequel in my pile that I am looking forward to reading. Of course, the sequel book, Silver by Andrew Motion, is newish it came out in 2013 and not written by Robert Lewis Stevenson because he’s been dead since 1894.

So other than a not so memorable ending.  It was good. Not great good but good. Some lovely descriptive moments. This does make me curious to see the Muppet Treasure Island movie again because remember it being terrible.  Maybe as an adult, I will see it with different eyes like I did the book.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 7/16/2018 - 7/22/2018

Celebrate Every Day With Books 7/16/2018 - 7/22/2018

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting.  You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for every holiday.

Let me know what you think.  Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?


Global Hug Your Kid Day

Title: The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland (illustrated by Freya Blackwood)
Genre: Fiction, Picture Book, Bedtime
What It Is About?: When Mommy jokes that she only has one hug left, Lucy decides she must keep Mommy's last hug safe. As Lucy shares the hug with everyone in her large and loving family, she is always careful to get it back . . . until the canine member of the family refuses to play along!
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Good Night Hugs by Ag Jatkowska (also the illustrator)
Genre: Fiction, Picture Book, Bedtime, Animals
What It Is About?: Cozy up as you journey through the animal kingdom, finding animal moms and dads hugging the little ones they love most. From sloths hanging together upside down to a tiny red panda snuggling up with Mama, these sweet snuggles will capture your little one's attention until they drift off to sleep.
Available:  MAY 1ST 2019


National Tattoo Day

Title: 1000 Tattoos by Frederic Claquin
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Body Art, Tattoo
What It Is About?: New works from over forty of the most groundbreaking and up-and-coming tattoo designers are featured in this highly curated collection. Aimed at profiling the next generation of skin art, the selected artists are at the forefront of where tattoo art is going and display a wide degree of diversity in terms of geographic origin, culture, race, and gender.
Available: OCTOBER 13TH 2018

Title: Thai Magic Tattoos by Isabel Azevedo Drouyer(Photography by Rene Drouyer)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Body Art, Tattoos
What It Is About?:  See how a single Thai tattoo affects its bearer's life- Learn the history behind these fascinating tattoos- Beautiful photographs taken of these masterfully crafted tattoos. For hundreds of years, Thai Buddhist monks, using magical incantations and spells, have been covering people's bodies with indelible ink marks in the belief that they will attract luck, wealth, and blessings.
Available: DECEMBER 30TH 2018


Nelson Mandela International Day

Title: The Spiritual Mandela by Dennis Cruywagen
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Politics
What It Is About?:  Acclaimed journalist Dennis Cruywagon traces the spiritual component of Mandela's life, from his youth in a traditional Thembu village to his education at Wesleyan and Methodist mission schools to his time as an activist to his period on Robben Island and the years thereafter. Based on interviews with some of Mandela's close colleagues, such as Ahmed Kathrada, as well as priests and other religious figures with whom he interacted, this book unearths an unknown dimension of one of recent history's most respected men.
Available:  IN STORES NOW!

Title:  The Prison Letters Of Nelson Mandela (Edited by Sahm Venter) (Foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, Politics
What It Is About?: Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison, where a stark existence was lightened only by visits and letters from family. After eighteen years, Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were confined to a rooftop cell, apart from the rest of the prison population. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990.
Available: IN STORES NOW!


Stick Out Your Tongue Day

Title: Stick Out Your Tongue by Joan Bensignore (Illustrated by John T. Ward)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Science, Body
What It Is About?: Young readers will delight in discovering fascinating facts about the unusual features and functions of animal and human tongues. Animals use their tongues in all sorts of amazing ways. In addition to tasting, tongues are used for collecting food and catching prey, cleaning fur and eyes, and even touching and smelling!
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: The Boy Who Stuck Out His Tongue by Edith Tarbescu (illustrated by Judith Christine Mills)
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picture Book, Folk Tale
What It Is About?: When the widow asks her son to light the fire, he just sticks his tongue out at her. ... But when he gets himself into a sticky situation, the kind folk of the little Hungarian village is quick to rally around. The butcher, the baker, the cobbler, the carpenter, and the cook gather up the tools of their trades and offer their well-meaning support to the boy, cheered on by a sympathetic crowd.
Available: IN STORES NOW


Moon Day

Title: Moon by Robert Massey & Alexandra Loske
Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Space
What It Is About?: This beautiful visual history of the moon explores humanity's endless fascination with its closest cosmic neighbor.
Available: OCTOBER 2ND 2018

Title: A Kite For Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple (illustrated by Matt Phelan)
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picture Book, Friendship
What It Is About?: With whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan, the story begins when the little boy, who is flying his kite, notices a sad Moon. He sends up kites to her, even writing notes to Moon promising he will come to see her someday. This promise propels him through years and years of studying, learning, and training to be an astronaut! Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, and a perfect children's book to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States moon landing, the cover of this book will captivate readers with eye-catching spot UV, foil, and embossing.
Available: APRIL 9TH 2019


Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day

Title: Inventions That Could Have Changed The World But Didn’t by Joe Rhatigan (Illustrations by Anthony Owsley)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, Science, How it’s Made
What It Is About?: The fascinating stories of inventions that could have changed the world should have made a difference or would have astounded us all, but for one reason or another, didn’t. Some inventions were too wacky, weird, or unwieldy. Other simply didn’t work. And still, others may be the next big thing . . . someday. Learn about the inventors, what they thought they would accomplish, and what--if anything--they did accomplish. Zany illustrations of the contraptions in use throughout.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebink
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Family, Siblings
What It Is About?: Uncommonly honest, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.
Available:  IN STORES NOW


Auntie's Day

Title: Island Of The Aunts by Eva Ibbotson (Illustration Kevin Hawkes)
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy, Magic
What It Is About?: When the kindly old aunts decide that they need help caring for creatures who live on their hidden island, they know that adults can't be trusted. What they need are a few special children who can keep a secret-a secret as big as a magical island. And what better way to get children who can keep really big secrets, than to kidnap them! (After all, some children just plain need to be kidnapped.) Don't miss this wildly inventive and funny read from master storyteller Eva Ibbotson.
Available: IN STORES NOW

Title: Aunt Nancy And The Bothersome Visitors by Phyllis Root (illustrated by David Parkins)
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Folktales
What It Is About?: It would take a real pesky visitor to make himself unwelcome to Aunt Nancy. But just her luck — not one but FOUR bothersome folks come knocking at her door! From Cousin Lazybones to Old Man Trouble, from doleful Old Woeful to sly, slick Mister Death, Aunt Nancy’s visitors nearly try her patience. But Aunt Nancy’s head isn’t there just to keep her ears from fighting, and see if she doesn’t get the best of all her guests! Here in one volume are Phyllis Root’s irresistible trickster tales, illustrated with David Parkins’s droll silhouettes and full-color paintings.
Available: IN STORES NOW