Monday, June 18, 2018

Lizzie and Lou Seal

Lizzie and Lou Seal

Lizzie and Lou Seal by [Keeler, Patricia]

About the Book:

Title: Lizzie and Lou Seal | Author & Illustrator: Patricia Keeler | Publisher: Sky Pony Press | Pages: 40 | Genre: Children's Picture Book

Book Description:

What will Lizzie do when Lou Seal loses his puff?

Lizzie loves her flip-flops. They go shuffle shuffle across the rug, smack smack on the floor tiles, and thwap thwap down the stairs. Lizzie also loves her blow-up toy, Lou Seal. Lizzie and Lou Seal are off to the beach, but beach fun turns to beach disaster when Lizzie loses her flip-flops and Lou Seal starts losing air! It’s a sink or swim scenario. What will Lizzie do?

This is a beautiful book with mixed media art and a lovely retro feel, for fans of Ladybug Girl at the Beach. Children will relate to Lizzie’s independence and creative problem solving and fall in love with Lou Seal themselves. Filled with lots of fun words and sounds, this is a perfect read aloud book for parents and children alike.

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My Review:

Lizzie and Lou Seal is an adorable story about a little girl and her inflatable dolphin. It's kind of bittersweet. As in life, things happen that don't go as planned, but the girl makes the most of it. My only concern with the story is that the girl goes to the beach alone. There are no adults watching over her. Otherwise, it's a lovely picture book with whimsical illustrations and plenty of onomatopoeia. Amanda thinks that it's a nice book for young children.


About the Author:

Patricia A. Keeler

Patricia Keeler is the author/illustrator of SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK and LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL, both of Sky Pony Press. Patricia received the Christopher Medal in 2011 for her illustrations in WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF. She was also the winner in the children's book category for the New York Book Festival 2013. Patricia has been positively reviewed by the New York Times Book Review, along with Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal. Her work has also been a selection of the Junior Library Guild and the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club. About DRUMBEAT IN OUR FEET (Lee & Low Books), The Horn Book wrote, "With each page exploring a different aspect of African dance, the book provides history, general information about the various roles of dance in African cultures, and inspiration for all, in addition to facts about costumes, music, and performance. Detailed paintings beautifully support the text." The Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, which houses the largest collection of children's books in the world, has obtained the original illustrations, galleys, proofs, acceptance letter, contract and pages of editorial critiques for Patricia Keeler's Drumbeat In Our Feet. The Drumbeat collection is currently studied by emerging children's book authors and illustrators.

Disclosure: Amanda and I own the Kindle version of this book. This is our honest review.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Latest Release in the Ramona Family Series and a Linky

This is my last blog hop until Tuesday July 17, but I will continue blogging until June 21. Then I'll take a break from blogging for 3 weeks. Hubby and I are heading to the States to visit my side of the family. I wish everyone a safe summer or winter vacation (depending on where you are in the world)!

Keep Me at Christmas
Book 4 in the Ramona Family Series

Keep Me At Christmas (Romano Family Book 4) by [Whitney, Lucinda]

About the Book:

Title: Keep Me at Christmas | Author: Lucinda Whitney | Publisher: Lange House Press | Pages: 260 | Genre: Clean Romance

Book Description:

Can the magic of the season keep them together beyond Christmas?

When Luciana Romano arrives in Hudson Springs, New York, her plan is to complete her restoration job at the museum so she can return home to her family right after Christmas. But a blizzard grounds all flights, and she finds herself stranded. The DiLorenzo family offers her a place to stay, and she accepts their hospitality. But the unexpected attraction between her and the quiet, good-looking son makes it hard to want to leave.

Jack DiLorenzo is stuck. Managing the family’s Italian café is not what he’d planned to do with his life, but his sense of duty won’t let him quit. When his grandmother invites a Portuguese woman to stay with them, Jack feels something he hasn’t felt for a long time: hope. He knows he shouldn’t get close to Luciana since she’s leaving as soon as the airport opens, but he can’t help himself.

Yet as the magic of the season begins to work on them, he wonders how he can let go of the woman who’s awakened his heart.

Books in the Romano Family series:
- Book 1 - Hold Me At Twilight
- Book 2 - Meet Me At Sunrise
- Book 3 - Love Me At Sunset
- Book 4 - Keep Me At Christmas
- Book 5 - Kiss Me At Midnight (coming soon)

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My Review:

Keep Me at Christmas is a sweet holiday romance and a gentle read. It's a great book to relax with during the holidays. The characters are wonderful and well rounded, but nothing too deep or heart-wrenching. I learned about museum exhibitions, specifically interesting facts about restoring and caring for textiles. It's always nice to learn something new! This is a stand-alone story in the Romano Family series and doesn't need to be read in order to be understood and enjoyed. 

My Reviews of Books 1 - 3:
A Clean Romance Series

About the Author:
Lucinda Whitney

Lucinda Whitney

Join the Readers Club at http://lucindawhitney.com/claim-your-free-book/ and receive a free ebook copy of Hold Me At Twilight! Lucinda Whitney was born and raised in Portugal, where she received a master's degree from the University of Minho in Braga in Portuguese/English teaching. She lives in northern Utah. When she's not reading and writing, she can be found with a pair of knitting needles in winter, or tending her herb garden in the summer. She also works part-time as a substitute teacher. Visit her website at www.lucindawhitney.com

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost
Book 2 in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series Book 2) by [Reading, Iain]

About the Book:

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost | Author: Iain Reading | Pages: 339 | Genre: Action Adventure | Recommended Ages: Teen and Young Adult

Book Description:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty's journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn about and experience as much of our amazing world as they can - just like Kitty Hawk herself.


“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”

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My Review:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the second book in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series. There's a big mystery dealing with sunken treasure and a smaller one dealing with Hemingway's ghost. Kitty ends up solving both. If you enjoy reading the National Geographic magazine, then you'll probably enjoy this series. These books are rich in describing interesting places and historical facts along with some suspense and adventure.

I found the second book to be slower going than the first. I was annoyed with Kitty when she told Jack that she had no idea what he was talking about when he was in the middle of explaining important things that should have been pinging in her brain. I also lived inside her head with her thoughts far too much. The exciting parts were in the prologue and the climax of the story. When I got to the climax, my heart nearly stopped! Ironically, I found the epilogue too short. Kitty doesn't tell Charlie about her adventure in Florida and only mentions briefly that she's on her way to exploring "this big old world of ours."

About the Author:


Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to his Amazon profile.

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Disclosure: I received a free Kindle copy of this book and this is my honest review. There are no affiliate links.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Rainbows and Clouds and a Linky


We had a lot of rain this past weekend. The photos of the rainbow were taken from my house. It was a very bright rainbow, but I had to enhance the color for you to see it well. Since I only had two pics of the rainbow, I'm also including pics from another time when the clouds were really interesting.

For the next four weeks until the middle of July (June 18 - July 16), I won't be hosting any blog hops and for three of those weeks (June 22 - July 16) I won't be doing any blogging. Hubby and I are heading to the States to visit my side of the family. I wish everyone a safe summer or winter vacation (depending on where you are in the world)!

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If My Name Was Amanda by [Edmonds, Curtis]


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If My Name Was AMANDA

If My Name Was AMANDA

If My Name Was Amanda by [Edmonds, Curtis]

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Title: If My Name Was AMANDA | Author: Curtis Edmonds | Illustrator: Mat Sadler | Publisher: Scary Hippopotamus Books | Pages: 38 | Genre: Rhyming Picture Book

Book Description:

"If my name was Amanda I'd live in Atlanta, and I'd wave hello to a shark..."

A little girl with a big imagination dreams of the adventures she might have, if she was somebody else instead of herself - from befriending sharks in Atlanta to playing jazz in New Orleans to riding her bike in Zanesville.

The possibilities are endless, but her favorite person to be is still herself, at home with her family.

With playful, rhyming text and colorful, engaging illustrations, this whirlwind introduction to the richness and variety of life in the USA is a story that children will delight in reading over and over, and using as a springboard for their own imaginative adventures.

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Our Review:

Amanda was interested in this picture book, because her name was in the title. We had a lot of fun reading it. The story was entertaining with wonderful illustrations. The names in the story went from A - Z with Amanda in Atlanta and Bonnie in Boston, etc. There were familiar places and not so familiar ones. At the end of the story, there's a map with all the places mentioned in the book with a bit of information about each one. It's a great way to get to know the USA better for kids and their parents!


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Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Last Two Faerie Sworn Books

The Last Two Faerie Sworn Books
and a Linky

It's always sad to get to the end of a wonderful series. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading all of Ron C. Nieto's Faerie Sworn books and I'm really going to miss Troy and Lily. I've also had the pleasure of interviewing this talented author who is skilled with words and you can check out that interview here. Today's reviews are of the last two books in the series. I've included links to my previous reviews below. Click on the titles in blue to see these books on Amazon.


Faerie Hearts (Faerie Sworn) by [C. Nieto, Ron]

My Review:

The in-between books in the Faerie Sworn series are short stories written from Troy's point of view. Faerie Hearts is Book 2.5 and it gives us more insight into Troy's feelings for Lily. There's restrained passion and fierce devotion. It's also about an adventure that Troy undertakes without Lily. He needs information, but in order to obtain it, he must accomplish a task. And as the author so aptly put it, "When he chooses to play, he always wins."



The Wild Herald (Faerie Sworn Book 3) by [Nieto, Ron C.]

My Review:

The Wild Herald is the third book in the Faerie Sworn series. Lily has been playing her own game, even tricking the trickster, Troy. She realized too late that she had trusted the wrong fairy and now she must keep her wits about her. How can Lily, a mere human, with the help of Troy, a kelpie, stand against two Queens and succeed? There is plenty of word play, adventure, twists and turns, and romance in this final story. I have enjoyed this series so much that I'll be reading it again! This series is appropriate for mature teenagers and new adults.


The Faerie Sworn Series:
Story 0.5: Faerie Nights
(free via author's email list)
Book 1: The Wild Hunt
Story 1.5: Faerie Oaths
(free via author's email list)
Book 2: The Wild Curse
Story 2.5: Faerie Hearts
Book 3: The Wild Herald

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

One Flies the Nest and a Linky


Our eldest child has flown the nest! Jeremiah recently received his BA in IS (Information Systems) and Sociology. On the first of June, he began his new job as an intern with a really good company in the suburbs of Cape Town. These photos are of his last day with us. I made myself a Gin and Tonic while making his favorite dinner - lasagna!

The room he's renting is in a great location within 10 minute's walking distance to the mall and about the same distance to his work. He's in an outside room with a small en-suite that is attached to a granny flat, which is attached to a large home. There are four students renting the granny flat and the landlords (a husband and wife) stay in the main house. Jeremiah has use of the kitchen, laundry, and TV room in the flat.

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Moving Day

Moving Day

My Gin and Tonic Ingredients 😋

Dinner - Homemade Lasagna

Heading to Cape Town

Jeremiah in his new room

Getting Settled 😊

Small En-Suite

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