Originally posted on eBook Lovers Co-Op:
As any avid reader knows, picking your next read is often a crap shoot unless you know an author’s work, either from personal experience or the recommendation of a friend. Beyond that, you have no choice but to search among the veritable endless supply of books available, hoping you chose well and spent wisely. Because I hate finding out that what little my money I can afford to spend on books was wasted on one not to my tastes, I tend to be pretty picky about choosing what I’m going to read, and approach my hunt with a system of sorts.
For me, it begins with a cover that appeals to me, followed by a description that intrigues me. But, even with an appealing cover and an intriguing description, there is no guarantee it will be a good read, so I often find myself turning to the number of positive reviews…
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I was digging through a box of books someone gave me yesterday and found some really cool stuff. and then there was some other stuff. This book falls into the latter category I’m afraid. Essentially this is supposed to be a cookbook for men that don’t know how to cook, or don’t like to cook. At first I was positive it was a gag gift, but apparently the publishers were serious. May I introduce you to :
Here are some recipes that we must all rush out and try:
Eggs ‘N’ O’s–for this you will need a can of spaghettiO’s some eggs and some cheese. It is like an omelet–except it isn’t at all like an omelet.
Anchovy tomato toast–don’t need to explain the ingredients there
Fish in a blanket—just don’t. Please don’t!
So as you can see, these are five star dining ideas brought to you by Men’s Health.
Anyone in need of a white elephant gift?
join the art contest and win prizes and showcase your talent!
Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:
For the month of April, I will be running an art contest. The rules are the following:
- Draw a picture of the designated character.
- Email picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write the character’s name in the subject line. For example, April will be: Nimby. Also, state which book you want a copy of in the body of your email. This will be further explained under prizes.
- Promote the contest and your picture to build up hype for the voting.
The voting will be done by a poll created on April 25th. Basically, I will give 5 days of voting for the contest, which will be put under a ‘Poll’ tab on my website.
The prizes are
First place: Signed paperback of Beginning of a Hero or Prodigy of Rainbow Tower (once available). Winner’s choice because some people might already have copies of Beginning of a Hero.
Second place: Signed Beginning of…
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Happy to share with you all my review of book “Clover and the Twins” by novelist and fellow wordpresser Nicolette Barrie. You can find her over at http://cloverandthetwins.wordpress.com This is a great book and I am so happy she shared a copy of it with me!
You can find this book available here: CLOVER
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Children’s (8 and up) book about Channel and Bezel Sini, ten-year-old spokesgirls for Dogs Forever. The twins knew their involvement in an advertising campaign for homeless dogs would be exciting. But not until they adopted a feisty dog named Clover did they realize just what a rollercoaster ride it would be.
One night prior to the start of the campaign tour, the twins are awakened by Clover talking in her sleep. Bezel and Channel wake up Clover who explains that she was separated from her dog family on Christmas Eve when a terrifying outlaw she calls Red Eyes tried to capture them in their home in the Chicago trainyard. Clover was successful in luring Red Eyes away from her family, but in the process she hopped on a freight train headed for New York City.
The girls eventually discover that Clover is one of the Cloverleaf Dogs, a line of dogs who, legend has it, rescued people and pets during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The Dogs Forever advertising campaign serves two purposes for Clover and the twins. The first is Dogs Forever’s goal of raising awareness about homeless dogs. And the second is more personal. When they get to the last destination, Chicago, Bezel and Channel will help Clover find her dog family.
What surprises and frightens Clover and the twins right out of the gate is that they are followed from city to city on the tour by a man in the crowds. As it turns out, Red Eyes did not give up when Clover escaped from him in the Chicago trainyard, and he is determined to capture her again.
My review of this book:
This book is incredible! If you want to read a book that will just make you feel really good, may I suggest “Clover and the Twins” By Nicoletta Barrie. This would be appropriate for younger crowds (8 and over) but is also an enjoyable read for adults.
The author prefaces her book with the story of how she came to adopt the last two of her pets and tells the reader that some of the elements of her book are based on fact, such as the name of the “Dogs Forever” Rescue in Iowa. I thought this was a really good way to start a book about a fictional dog. It lets the reader know that the author cares about her chosen subject matter and also that she has written a story based on what she knows.
Now on to the story: This book is a perfect mix of mystery, hilarity and tenderness. The main characters, twin sisters Channel and Bezel Sini are highly likeable girls that I think children would have no trouble identifying with. They are good-natured, devoted to their jobs and each other and make for a lot of fun throughout the story. I liked that the girls were the kind of children you want your kids to be, rather than flawed characters with a lot of issues which seems to be prominent in literature intended for younger audiences these days.
I loved that the author managed to get her point across about the importance of animal rescues without sounding overly preachy in the process. The legend of the Clover dog family is so fun and creative and carries the rest of this story nicely.
Clover the dog is the focal point of the story and you couldn’t ask for a better character for the plot to revolve around. She is smart, has a good sense of humor and is a heroic dog to top it all off! I loved this book and can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.
I would definitely recommend this for young readers. It is free of anything you wouldn’t want your child to read, is encouraging and engaging and overall just a whole lot of fun.
It’s frogs versus scorpions in this new series by professional football player Trevor Pryce. For years, the frogs of the Amphibilands have lived in safety—protected by an elite group of poisonous frogs named the Kulipari and by the dreamcasting spell of the turtle king that cloaks their lands in mystery. Now the spell is threatened by the Spider Queen, a talented spellcaster, and Lord Marmoo, leader of the scorpions. With the Kulipari off training in secret, the Amphibilands have never been so vulnerable. Enter Darel, a young frog who dreams of joining the Kulipari, despite his utter lack of poison and limited fighting skills. With the help of a motley crew of friends, Darel has the chance to become the warrior of his dreams.
Cool animals, thrilling action, and a bit of natural science—this novel, illustrated in full color by acclaimed comics artist Sanford Greene, is sure to be a major hit with boys.–Description from Goodreads
Even on the digital edition the formatting is wonderful. The pages are colorful, each has a fancy chapter heading and the illustrations are top-notch. I can vouch for the fact that even children who are too young to read the story on their own, or fully appreciate the text, enjoy looking at pictures, they are vibrantly colored and there are a lot of them.
As far as the story goes, there is a lot of action, excellent dialogue and enough humor to make you laugh out loud frequently. The characters are adorable and each one is unique. There have been a lot of books that feature frogs as a main character, but this is definitely one of the best in recent memory. The heroes are heroic and the villains are terrible! Just as an adventure story like this should have.
This book is long enough to keep a bit more of an advanced reader happily entertained, but also simple enough for a new reader to accomplish mostly on their own. If you have children, grandchildren, or know someone who does, this would make an incredible gift.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher Amulet Books.
Portions of this book are told in rhyme and it makes it really fun to read aloud. I like that the author used a variety of different animals to tell her story and that of the Goliath frog. The animal characters are compassionate and kind to one another and end up learning the lesson that everyone is not built the same way. I think this is an important lesson for children to learn, and the author does an exemplary job of showing rather than telling.
I am excited to add this to my children’s book collection and share it with my children. I would recommend this to anyone that has children in their life. I think this would be great for kids of all ages but specifically exciting for children in the 3 to 7 age groups.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher the Connecticut press.