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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Yesterday was the release of
WITCHES OF EAST END
by MELISSA DE LA CRUZ
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 http://www.hyperionbooks.com/witches101 for links to all retailers!
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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:
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!!
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!!!
Labels: Summer Reading
Monday, June 20, 2011
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 hero...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 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 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 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)
Labels: What Are You Reading
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!
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)
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
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, DADS!
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.
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:
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+)
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)
Labels: In My Mailbox