Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Giveaway: Just Like Me, Climbing A Tree

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Title: Just Like Me, Climbing A Tree
Author: Durga Yael Bernhard
Illustrations: Durga Yael Bernhard
Publisher:  Wisdom Tales Press
ISBN:  9781937786342

Review: 

Trees are wonderful for climbing, napping in their shade, or picking fruit. Do you know where you can find a Weeping Fig? A young girl who lives in Cambodia does. She climbs from its long winding roots and up to its branches above. Have you tasted the fruits of a Mango tree in Guinea West Africa? A young boy has and he leaps from limb to limb just like a leopard. Have you ever listened to the leaves as you sat in the shade of a Gingko tree found in China? A young girl has as she sat on a branch and felt the change of the weather.

Young readers can learn all about the different trees found all over the world. Warm and colorful illustrations show children climbing and enjoying the trees around their homes. Simple sentences make for a fast fun read. Each page provides an up close look of the trees leaves and where it can be found. The back of the book shares more detail about the trees introduced in the story. Readers will also find safety tips on climbing trees. Parents and teachers will certainly appreciate what this book has to offer.




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Giveaway: Curlilocks and the Big Bad Hairbrush

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Title: Curlilocks and the Big Bad Hairbrush
Author: Yolanda King
Illustrations: Fanny Liem
Publisher:  Tangled Press
ISBN:  9780991027224

Review:

We all remember the story of Goldie Locks and the Three Little Bears, right? Here is an interesting twist of the story with a pinch of Pinocchio to go along with it.

There once was a little girl named Curilocks. Her father sent her on a mission to deliver three pies to three aunties. The pies looked and smelled delicious. Auntie Lizzie was to receive a delicious sweet potato pie. Auntie Birdie would get a blackberry pie and auntie Adele a savory chicken pot pie.

Along the way Curilocks couldn’t resist taking a bite out of each pie right before she delivered it. Each time before she took a bite she was warned against it by her magic hairbrush.

“Savory or sweet, the aunties love their treats; but if you eat that pie, the aunties will ask you why.”

When asked by each auntie what happened to their pies she would tell a lie. As a result her curly hair grew bigger and bigger. Can you imagine what happened next?

Brightly colored pictures bring this little tale to life. Young girls will have fun reading as this character gets herself into trouble. But, there is a lesson to be learned and a great way to teach family values.



Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Slump
Kevin Waltman
BIBLIO: 2014, Cinco Punto Press, Ages 12-18, $11.95.
FORMAT: Young Adult
ISBN: 9781941026014

Slump is the second book in a series by author Kevin Waltman. Here is a brief synopsis of the first book. “In Indiana, basketball is the next thing to religion. Especially for inner-city black kids like Derrick Bowen. He's a 6'3" freshman, lightning quick, and he can slam the rock. He wants to start at point guard for Marion High, but senior Nick Starks has that nailed down. Besides, the coach is old school. He thinks D-Bow needs to work on his game, his shot, and his attitude. That means bench time. And that's when Hamilton Academy, the elite school in the suburbs, comes sniffing around. They want D-Bow for the next three years. His mom wants no part of that. But his father needs a job, and Uncle Kid, who is a bitter ex-star at Marion High, has his own plans. Yeah, there's a pretty girl and a best friend in the mix. Plus plenty of basketball action and suspense just like high school boys like to read.” In this sequel Derrick Bowen is back in school and still has his girl Jasmine. Currently he is waiting for the basketball season to start up. This season the hope is that the team will be good and the coach is making sure of it. He is making the team practice hard. Unfortunately, a player gets injured and the team is having trouble connecting and working together. Derrick’s personal situation isn’t doing so great either. His best friend isn’t really there for him and his relationship with Jasmine is on edge due to issues regarding sex. On top of that, his father was in an accident and needs rehabilitation. Of course, this makes his family’s financial situation more stressful. Derrick regrets not having taken the offer to go to a private school where his father could have had a job. But at the end of the day, Derrick knows that with hard work and keeping a positive attitude he can overcome.

Author Kevin Waltman has done a great job adding intrigue and realism. The characters definitely fit into the theme of what high school students may or may not do. The relationships regarding sex are intense and perhaps this is a book for young adults over the age of 18. Parents and teachers will have to decide if this is a book for their kids. If they do, then this is an opportunity to open up dialogue regarding school, sports and sex.


Monday, March 16, 2015

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Dust Lands: Rebel Heart
Moira Young
BIBLIO: 2012, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Ages 16-18, $9.99.
FORMAT: Young Adult
ISBN:  9781442430013

Dust Lands, Rebel Heart, is the sequel to Blood Red Road. Here is a synopsis of book one. “Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries. Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.” This sequel picks up right where book one leaves off. Jack is moving towards finding Molly Pratt, Ike’s girlfriend, in the Storm Belt. He has to deliver the news to her that Ike is dead. Another mystery is unfolding surrounding someone known as The Pathfinder. After the death of Vicar Pinch during the Pine Top Hill battle, this mystery person has laid claim that he can heal the earth. That is the word according to the Stewards. With a price on her head because she brought down a tyrant and saved her brother, Saba feels betrayed when she finds out that Jack has joined up with the Tonton’s. She is fighting ghosts from her past and a new enemy is on the rise. The news of Jack and the Tonton, is a heavy blow to her because she can’t believe that Jack would ever work with them. She has to decide if he is really betraying her or if this is his plan to attempt to destroy the Tonton from inside the group. Saba will have to find her inner warrior strength to survive. Author Moira Young has built on her existing characters and outdone herself on this exhilarating sequel. Readers will enjoy the changes the characters have transitioned to. The story arc is engaging as more characters are added along with more conflict and mystery. Parents will feel comfortable allowing their teens to read this series.

A bit about the author: Moira Young is from Vancouver, BC and now lives in the UK. A former actor and opera singer, her debut novel, Blood Red Road, first in the Dustlands trilogy, was published in 2011 to international acclaim. It won a host of prizes including the Costa Children’s Book Award, the British Columbia Book Prize for Children’s Literature and France's Le Prix des Incorruptibles. In the USA it won a Cybils Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction and was an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults book. It is being developed for film by Ridley Scott. The second Dustlands book, Rebel Heart, was a finalist in Canada for the Sunburst Prize, BC Stellar Award and Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.


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