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Taking a Break

You may have noticed the decrease of posts lately. I have read a lot of great books I want to share with you but I rather read right now and that's just what I'm going to do. I have decided to take a break for about a month. I already committed to doing a post one day in December so of course I will do that but that'll be about it until around Christmas. (Just found out that the blog tour has been moved to January so not even that.) So a month off blogging means a lot of books to be read and a lot of books to be read means a lot of posts to expect in January. I really dislike not having posts ready before the afternoon comes so this will give me some peace of mind. I am very weird about that. It'll just be nice to have a cushion for January so when it comes February I'll have reviews ready already. Even if I don't review right when I finish a book I'll have oh so much to write about.
Last December I did this Faves of 2011. I don't know if the blogger w…

Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah O'Hora

Title- Stop Snoring, Bernard!
Author- Zachariah O'Hora
Stand Alone
Format- Hardcover
Publisher- Henry Holt and Company
Published- April 12th, 2011
Pages- 29
Source- Library

Overview:
Bernard lives at the zoo and his favorite pastime there is naptime but Bernard's snoring disturbs everyone. Try as he might he can't find a place where he can rest. His moving seems hopeless until his otter family tell him to come back telling him they miss him and his snoring.




Review:
Bernard's got himself in a bind! No one wants him around and I was just feeling for him although if I had someone snoring loudly next to me I wouldn't be too happy either. You feel bad for Bernard no matter how loudly he snores. Each place he goes animals yell at him to STOP SNORING! He gets more tired the longer he goes without sleep. The animals telling Bernard to stop snoring is a good way for kids to get into the book shouting with the animals. In the end the otters, who adorably hold hands so they don…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Title- A Monster Calls Author- Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from- Siobhan Dowd Illustrations- Jim Kay Stand Alone Format- Hardcover Publisher- Candlewick Press Published- September 27th, 2011 Pages- 206 Source- Library
Overview: Conor has been having a nightmare since his mother started treatments for her cancer. A monster comes for him but it isn't the monster he was expecting. It's not the one from his nightmares where falling and screaming highlight the dream. The monster has been around for a long time and wants something from Conor. He will tell him three tales and he Conor will tell him the fourth. In the fourth tale Conor must tell him the worst thing of all - the truth.
Review: Holy. Crap. This book was unbelievably fantastic. It is a masterpiece. It's a book with brilliant storytelling far beyond what I'm used to. It's a book with images that make you stare in awe. It's a book that transports you into its world and makes you imagine a giant of a mon…

ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Title: Ish
Author: Peter H. Reynolds
Stand Alone
Format- Harcover
Publisher- Candlewick Press
Published- August 19th, 2004
Pages- 28
Source- Library





Overview:
Ramon loves to draw but when his brother laughs at one of his drawings he tries to make his pictures look "right". It takes his little sister to show him that not every drawing has to be perfect. Even if his drawings are picture-ish it's still a work of art.

Review:
I've praised and loved Peter H. Reynolds for a long time now. BUT I've never read any of his books. Only samplings. I can finally say that I read one of his books and absolutely loved it! I had read a large portion of ish before but that didn't stop me from crying while reading it. Picture books have that effect on me. If you want to be moved read this book!

Ramon is a drawer, a young one at that. Not all of us are Picasso's especially not kids. They may think their drawings aren't as good as others because they aren't exactly rig…

Bandits by Johanna Wright

Title- Bandits
Author- Johanna Wright
Stand Alone
Format- Hardcover
Publisher- Roaring Brook Press
Published- August 16th, 2011
Pages- 29
Source- Library

Overview: 
The raccoon bandits sneak up and take what they want. They do this before you wake up. Lying low all day long until the sun falls for another day of sneaking.





Review:
I had to go back and read this book because I realized I was reading way too fast. This is a book where you slowly read and take in the pictures that have vast amounts of rich painted colors. The raccoons are dressed up in clothes and have a shady look to them. It reminds me a lot of Fantastic Mr. Fox in the way the raccoon's act all sneaky to get things from people. I don't see it getting the wrong impression in kids like parents might think. Raccoon's naturally are sneaky and are known to look through people's garbage. It was a nice, simple picture book with great artwork.

Blog Tour: Blue Violet by Abigail Owen

Hello everyone! I don't know if you remember my review of Blue Violet. It was an indie read that thoroughly impressed me. It has a strong heroine, a forever romance that was natural, and a story where the main characters have powers. I was able to do an author interview with Abigail Owen for her blog tour going on right now! This will all lead up to a free kindle download on Amazon for her book Blue Violet on the 16th-18th which means it's starting tomorrow!
Question: What inspired you to write a book with powers as the main subject? Answer: I've always been fascinated with the concept of being able to do extraordinary things. I loved super heroes growing up (Wonder Woman!). I was into X-Men well before there were any movies. Plus, as a writer, it gives you a fairly unlimited topic to be able to imagine and create. There are no boundaries when it comes to powers.
Question: Why did you make it that the characters live a long time but are not immortal? Answer: I like the concept…

Between the Sea and the Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

Title- Between the Sea and the Sky
Author- Jaclyn Dolamore
Stand Alone
Format- Hardcover
Publisher- Bloomsbury
Published- October 25th 2011
Pages- 232
Source- Library

Overview:
Esmerine has wanted to be a siren with her sister Dosia since they were children playing on an island together with Alander- a Fandarsee (he has wings!). When she finally takes the oath Dosia disappears. She decides it's up to her to see what's come of her sister and best friend.

She starts out by seeking for her old childhood friend Alander who ends up coming along with her to find her sister. On their journey old memories fill both of their minds and a whole new feeling starts to fill up their minds but with her being of sea and him being of air how could they possibly be with one another?

Review:
Such a beautiful cover that makes me long for summer and the beach... I admit I've never read a book with a mermaid in it especially not as the main character. Esmerine is the dutiful yet odd daughter. Sh…

Once Upon a Second Chance by Marian Vere

Title- Once Upon a Second Chance
Author- Marian Vere
Stand Alone
Format- pdf
Publisher- Omnific Publishing
Published- November 6th, 2012
Pages- 204
Source- AToMR Tours

Overview: 
Julia thought her fairy godmother was doing her job when she met Nick Kerkley. Handsome, intelligent, driven Nick was all she could ever hope for in a Prince Charming but when everything was going right, getting an internship at a prestigious financial company and becoming engaged with said Nick, everything went south. Eight years later Julia has lost her fire and Nick... well Nick set up his company and became rich. So rich that he comes to her boss's company to see if he wants a real estate property. Her and her team will all be spending some time in a mansion with Nick and some of his friends. Julia knows it's time that she take advantage and take charge to take her second chance to be with Nick. Only problem is will he feel the same way she has for all these years?

Review:
Julia is a girl down on h…

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Title- Officer Buckle and Gloria Author- Peggy Rathmann Stand Alone Format- Hardcover Publisher- G.P. Putnam's Sons (Imprint of Penguin Books) Published- September 28th, 1995 Pages- 32 Source- Own
Overview: Officer Buckle loves making up new safety rules. He shares them with students at Napville School but no ever listens to him. One day the police department gets a dog and that dog is now Officer Buckle's Officer Buckle brings the dog, Gloria, to school with him and while he's doing his regular safety tips Gloria is acting them out. The place goes wild and gets Officer Buckle and Gloria sent to many places to tell many people about his safety tips. When Officer Buckle discovers what Gloria has been doing he's not too happy. It takes a giant accident for him to realize he needs Gloria as much as she needs him.
Review:
This is such a classic story that everyone needs to read. I got teary eyed like a fool which has never happened before because this story is so sweet! The…

The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Title- The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Author- Trinka Hakes Noble
Illustrator- Steven Kellogg
Series: Jimmy's Boa Book #1
Format- Paperback
Publisher- Puffin Pied Piper
First Published- January 1st 1980
Pages- 28
Source- Own

Overview:
A mother asks the usual thing after her daughter comes from a field trip "How was your class trip to the farm?" Her answer is anything but usual. She recounts nonchalantly the tale backwards until you get the whole story. The cow cried. Why? Hay fell on her. Why? The farmer ran into it? Why? And so on and so forth until you uncover how Jimmy brought his pet boa constrictor to meet the farm animals which didn't go over too well with the hens and chaos ensued.

Review: 
The illustrations cannot get any better than with this book. This tale is laugh out loud funny and perfect to read at any age. The girl's total lack of worry while retelling the story and while the mother is listening in awe brings some humor to the story as well. I…

Gentlemen by Michael Northrop

Title: Gentlemen
Author: Michael Northrop
Stand Alone
Format- Hardcover
Publisher- Scholastic Press
Published- April 15th 2009
Pages- 256
Source- Library

Overview:
Micheal, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones are what you would call delinquents. They skate through life getting into any kind of trouble they can find. Everyone stays away from them. Mr. Haberman, their remedial English teacher, decides to not treat them any differently. He likes to call them "Gentlemen" which gets on their nerves.

One day Tommy gets in trouble and subsequently gets sent to the principal's office. Their friends initially don't think anything of him disappearing because he's done it before. But after a while Micheal and the others start to question if Mr. Haberman had anything to do with his disappearance. The book they are reading for Mr. Haberman's class, Crime and Punishment, has great similarities to their current situation. Questions start to arise. Possible hidden hints. Could it be pos…

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Title: Farmer Duck Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury Stand Alone Format: Paperback Publisher- Candlewick Press First Published: April 1st, 1992 Pages- 32 Source- Own
Overview: A very lazy farmer sets a duck to work on his farm. He feeds the animals, out them where they should go, does all the housework chores and gets no break at all. The farmer always calls out "How goes the work?" and the duck responds "Quack!" He is so very tired and the hens, cows, and sheep gather together out of love for him and set up making a plan.
A plan that drives the lazy farmer away which is a relief to the tired duck. So instead of already having an owner that does no work; they work together to get all the chores done and they all contribute to having a great home of their own.
Review: Absolutely beautiful illustrations that provide such rich images for the story. Poor Duck! He's stuck with all the chores that he shouldn't have to do. The farmer is a lazy man …

Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells

Title: Timothy Goes to School
Author: Rosemary Wells
Series
Format- Paperback
Publisher- Puffin Pied Piper
First Published- January 1st, 1981
Pages- 28
Source- Own





Overview:
Timothy is on his way to his first day of school with new clothes his mother made him. When he meets Claude his "Hello!" gets the reaction of how you aren't supposed to wear a sunsuit on the first day of school. Every day he comes home upset by Claude's words and wishes he would mess up while his mother worries over him and tries to console him. But it's no use. Claude always does everything right academically, with sports, and has many friends around him. It's when he meets Violet who is also feeling the same kinds of things toward Grace who always everything perfect that he finds a true friend.

Review:
I've read this book a couple of times and I now can see the small controversy of it that I've seen in reviews. By laughing about Claude and Grace at the end of the book I could see…

The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman

Title: The Exceptionals
Author: Erin Cashman
First Book (Unknown # of books)
Format- Hardcover
Publisher- Holiday House Inc.
Published- April 1st, 2012
Pages- 236
Source- Own

Overview: 
Claire Walker comes from the most famous line of the Cambial Academy school. Her great grandfather founded the school for children with genius capabilities in science and math. He also discovered some children with special powers which make the school's real intentions even more secret than it was. At Cambial there is not just math and science geniuses but people with clairvoyance, telekinesis, truth seeking, and mediums.

Claire doesn't have any powers or that's what she would like her parents to think. Her actual power is pretty lame and couldn't be taught so she just told them she didn't have the power anymore. Her power is hearing animal's thoughts. Thoughts like hungry, thirsty, and walk. One day she goes to a dance with a boy she's had a crush on forever and her friend …

November 2012 Reading Plans

I don't usually do this but I wanted to show what I am planning to read for this November and an event I'll be participating in as well as what I read this past October.

October Reading


To Review

November Reading Plans