Thursday, June 23, 2011

JK ROWLING makes her announcment!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Book Giveaway!! (ends 7/5/11)

Yesterday was the release of


To celebrate, Hyperion has very generously given me FIVE copies to share!

I am a new fan of Melissa's - Witches of East End is the first book I've read of hers, and I just loved it! (Click here for review) YA fans will know her from her bestselling Blue Bloods series. 

Bottom Line: You want this book in your beach bag!

Hyperion also has a free promo eBook which includes the first 3 chapters, sneak previews of WITCHES OF EAST END characters and bonus material. If you’d like to download one of the free eBooks, visit for links to all retailers!

Contest is open until July 5, 2011
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Activity Books For Kids!

Like many American families, we are taking a few road trips this summer.  Ever since my boys were old enough, they have been in charge of their own backpacks o' fun during these trips.  Their backpacks usually include crayons, pencils, snacks, a drink, a zip-lock bag of LEGOs, a stuffed friend, and some books.  (I am going to cry the first time "Bear" doesn't come with us on a road trip!)  It has been my job to give the boys some entertaining, and (gasp!) educational books for them to choose from.

In hopes of keeping them unplugged and off my iPad, I have chosen a few activity books in addition to their books for reading (coming in a later post).   I thought I would share some of the activity books that are up for consideration:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do It Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney (Abrams)
Big Nate: Boredom Busters by Lincoln Pierce (Harper)
101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12 by Joanne O'Sullivan (Lark Books)
**Dear Son #1 is on his second Wimpy Kid DIY book.  We LOVE them!!

Oodles of Doodles by Nikalas Catlow (RP Kids)

LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Sticker Collection (DK)
Pocket Doodles For Boys by Chris Sabatino (Gibbs Smith)
**Dear Son #2 is on his second Pocket Doodles, the first one he has is "For Kids"

Summer Bridge Activities K-1 (Rainbow Bridge)
Summer Bridge Activities 3-4 (Rainbow Bridge)
*You can laugh at me, but my kids actually do them, enjoy them and learn from these activity books.  I've tried them all, but these are my favorite multi-subject workbooks.

Wally World (aka Grandma's House), here we come!!!

New Book Releases!

Here are some new releases that I HIGHLY recommend (or can't wait to get my hands on myself)!!!!

Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)
Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz (Hyperion)
Uncommon Criminals (A Heist Society Novel) by Ally Carter (YA) (Hyperion)

The Devil Colony (A Sigma Force Novel) by James Rollins (W.Morrow)
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand (Hachette Book Group)


Monday, June 20, 2011

What Are You Reading?

Today is Monday, June 19, 2011...What Are You Reading?

You're broken, and bruised
I'm sorry for your fall
That bike was possessed
It wasn't your fault at all

A cast and some band-aids
A hospital visit you had
At least friends were there
To keep you from being sad

You picked yourself up
And kept traveling afar
You won't let this fall keep you down
You're my star!

Our hostess of It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila had a blind date with the pavement last week while riding her bike, and everyone at Alison's Book Marks wishes her well! 

Books I Completed:

The Night CircusBossypantsAndrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, and Blood SausageSirenz

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday, 9/13/11)
Bossypants by Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur, 4/5/11)
Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food (RandomHouse, 5/10/11)
Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo, Natalie Zaman (Flux, 6/8/11, YA)

*I had an amazing week of books!

Books I am Currently Reading:

On Chesil Beach Rococo: A Novel Angel Omnibus

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (Nan Talese, 6/10/08)
Rococo by Adriana Trigiani (RandomHouse, 4/15/06)
Angel: Omnibus Vol 1 by Joss Whedon, Christopher Golden, etc. (Dark Horse, 8/2/11)

Books I Plan to Read This Week:

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3)Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery)You Know When the Men Are GoneNext to Love: A Novel

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, 7/12/11)
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (Bantam, 4/2008)
You Know When The Men Are Gone bySiobhan Fallon (Amy Einhorn, 1/20/11)
Next To Love by Ellen Feldman (Spiegel & Grau, 7/26/11)

Review: The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes To New York by Kevin Hawkes

Size matters - especially when we're talking about BIG laughs!

This book is such a huge hit at my house, my six year old is running around with a Boston accent yelling "wicked" before everything he says! 

The world's largest toddler, known affectionately as Toddie, goes on a trip from his home in Maine to visit the Big Apple.  Toddie and his parents visit many of the major landmarks of New York, and manage to get separated from one another.  The travels, the adventures, and even the end are pure enjoyment.

MOM'S TRY.  The first time I read this book to my son, I didn't know what to expect, and we quickly realized that Mom from New Jersey wasn't quite getting the accent right, even though author Kevin Hawkes helps us out as much as he can with his phonetic spellings!

ENTER THE BOSTONIAN.  A dear friend of the family, and father of two, happened to be in our home one evening and we had him give it a go.  What resulted was HILARIOUS.  As he read the book aloud, we had 7 kids behind him on the deck acting out the different scenes.  I wish I videotaped it! 

All accents, and dramatic re-creations aside, we all loved this book.  Any book set in NYC is a hit with me and my kids, but the illustrations of The Wicked Big Toddlah at Grand Central Station, Yankee Stadium, and Columbus Circle were wonderful!

I won't give it away, but my kids especially loved the last two pages of the Toddlah's New York City souveneir.

A new favorite!

Book Extras:
Random House page - see the illustrations

About the Book:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375961895
ISBN-13: 978-0375961892

About the Author/Illustrator (from Random House):
KEVIN HAWKES is the author and illustrator of The Wicked Big Toddlah and is the illustrator of many well-loved books for young readers including My Little Sister Ate One Hare and My Little Sister Hugged an Ape; And to Think that We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends; The Road to Oz; and Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly.

*Disclosure:  A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

In My Mailbox


Today is Sunday, June 19, 2011...and In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi, The Story Siren. It's our opportunity to get a peek into what books everyone is receiving for review, borrowing from libraries, buying in bookshops and download onto eReaders.


The Winters in Bloom: A Novel
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (Anchor, 2008)
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (Bantam, 2008)
The Winters In Bloom by Lisa Tucker (Atria Books, 9/13/11)
Get To Know Your Kid by Shana Connell Noyes (Stewart Tabori & Chang, March 2011)

Young Adult:

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (Delacorte, 6/14/11, Ages 14+)
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson (HarperTeen, May 2011, Ages 12+)
Viola In The Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani (HarperTeen, April 2011, Ages 12+)

Middle Grade/Early Readers:

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson (Hyperion, 9/1/09, Ages 10+)
Lexie by Audrey Coloumbis; Illustrated by Julia Denos (Random House, 5/14/11, Ages 8 - 12)
Dragon Keepers #4: The Dragon in the Volcano by Kate Klimo; Illustrated by John Shroades (Random House, 5/24/11, Ages 8-12)
The Red Blazer Girls #3: The Mistaken Masterpiece by Michael D. Beil (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 6/14/11, Ages 10+)

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica S. Pearl (Knopf, 6/14/11, Ages 8-12)
Mistress of the Storm by M.L. Walsh (David Fickling Books, 7/14/11, Ages 8-12)
You'll Like it Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White (Delacorte, 6/14/11, Ages 9-12)
Chamber of Five by Michael Harmon (Knopf, 6/14/11, Ages 9+)

Capital Mysteries #13: Trapped on the D.C. Train! by Ron Roy; Illustrated by Timothy Bush (Random House, 5/24/11, Ages 6-9)
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