Whaley's Big Adventure by Alexander Luke

>> Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Whaley's Big Adventure by Alexander Luke
Red Feather Publishing
ISBN: 978-1494845117
Published Jan 28, 2014
Softcover, 24 pages

My son and I thought this book was so adorable because we love whales and also because it was written and illustrated by 5 year-old Alexander Luke! The book is presented by his grandmother, award-winning children's author Carole P. Roman.

Whaley is a blue whale (largest of all whales) and he sets off on a big adventure to explore the different types of whales in the ocean. As we read along, we get to explore these whales with him. We learn about orcas, humpback whales, gray whales, belugas, sperm whales and the whale shark.

The illustrations are cute and quite good drawn from a five-year old, which also gives the book the feel of an authentic kid's work. This is the perfect book for kids who love whales and learning about animals. Way to go young Alexander for publishing your first book!

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura & Son

Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher and Bostick Communications for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? April 21 Edition

>> Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

So last week I moaned about my house woes and the damage my leaking roof did to my tenant's apartment, and you bloggers were so encouraging in your comments to me. Thank you so much for that! Then we got some great news!
  • The insurance company called us back and decided to pay for the damage after all. Yay! That's thousands of dollars worth of repairs. What a relief.
  • Then an author sent me and my son a surprise gift of Christy's Gourmet Cookies. What a delightful and yummy surprise that was in our mailbox.
  • I published my 1000th post this week! Can't believe I've been blogging for over 5 years now.
  • Finally, I'm out of my reading slump and have started enjoying reading again.
It's been a good week!

No review books this week, but I got these goodies free on Kindle:

Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke

Michael Dunnagan was never supposed to sail on the Titanic, nor would he have survived if not for the courage of Owen Allen. Determined to carry out his promise to care for Owen’s relatives in America and his younger sister, Annie, in England, Michael works hard to strengthen the family’s New Jersey garden and landscaping business.

Annie Allen doesn’t care what Michael promised Owen. She only knows that her brother is gone—like their mother and father—and the grief is enough to swallow her whole. As Annie struggles to navigate life without Owen, Michael reaches out to her through letters. In time, as Annie begins to lay aside her anger that Michael lived when Owen did not, a tentative friendship takes root and blossoms into something neither expected. Just as Michael saves enough money to bring Annie to America, WWI erupts in Europe. When Annie’s letters mysteriously stop, Michael risks everything to fulfill his promise—and find the woman he’s grown to love—before she’s lost forever.


Jane Austen Girl by Inglath Cooper

From RITA® Award Winning and Bestselling Author Inglath Cooper. . .

The very last thing on Grier McAllister’s Someday List is going back to Timbell Creek, Virginia, the town where she grew up. Timbell Creek holds too many bad memories for her, memories finally put to rest with a successful image consultant business in New York City and a hefty therapy bill. When an opportunity to choose a “Jane Austen Girl” for a visiting duke falls in her lap, the only catch that she must be from Grier’s hometown, Grier tells herself she’ll do what she needs to do and then leave it all behind for good.

But Grier doesn’t count on finding that her mother is no longer the person she used to be. She certainly doesn’t plan on falling for an old boyfriend’s really hot brother! And it isn’t long before she begins to realize Timbell Creek is not only a part of who she was, but might be a part of who she is as well. 


Love Engineered (A Victoria Romance) by Jenna Dawlish

It's 1855 and Louise Thomas, owner of a large estate in Devon is ready to fall in love, but only if she can find a man who will put up with her thirst for knowledge in the engineering and scientific world.

Charles Lucas is one of the country's top Engineer's, tipped to be the new Brunel. He is too busy with his work for love - especially with a member of the gentry. When he meets Louise, she interests and intrigues him like no woman before. But he must make some serious decisions when he hears disturbing rumours about her.

Shortlisted for the RNA New Writers' Award.



This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
When I Grow Up I Want to Be... a Teacher! by Wigu Publishing

Bookish Posts:
A Delicious Surprise in Our Mailbox!

Currently Reading:
The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan


 Hope you all have a great reading week!

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Kid Konnection: When I Grow Up I Want to be...a Teacher! by Wigu Publishing

>> Saturday, April 19, 2014

When I Grow Up I Want to be...a Teacher!
Wigu Publishing
ISBN: 978-1939973085
Published Dec 3, 2013
Softcover, 60 pages

Carlee plans on being a teacher when she grows up until her mother is hired as a teacher in her own school. Carlee cringes knowing that some of her friends are in her mother's class. She's worried that her friends will think her mom is lame. And what if her mom gives out bad grades and then no one will want to play with her? As Carlee goes through her first day of school and contemplates other careers she learns what it really means to be a teacher.

Initially when I began to read this with my 10 year-old son he wasn't all that crazy about it. He's having a bad year in school this year (along with his whole class) with a teacher who in my opinion--and that of most parents whose child is in that class--should not be teaching. My son thought the book was unrealistic. "That doesn't happen on the first day of school," he kept saying. I pointed out that all schools are different and teach different things depending on where you lived.

As Carlee goes to each class, she learns about famous people throughout history. The book includes a short biography of each of these persons. As I expounded on these famous people such as Martin Luther King Jr., Neil Armstrong, Marie Curie, Galileo and Albert Einstein, I could see my son began to be more interested. I knew he could relate to Carlee's dilemma. He's of that age where I cannot kiss him goodbye in front of his friends anymore. So as we kept reading, my son warmed up to this book.

My son thinks this book would be okay to have in school where a teacher can use it to teach, but he doesn't think kids would choose it as fun reading. It's too "educational" and not fun enough. I understand what he means, and he's right. This book is good for teaching lessons and helping kids to think about their future. But if it was meant to attract kids to reading, they will bypass it in favor of the next adventure book.

This book is the first in a series. I think it's a good series to include as part of a classroom library to get kids to think about what they'd like to be doing in the future.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura & Son

Disclosure: Thanks to Wigu Publishing and Bostick Communications for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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A Delicious Surprise in our Mailbox!

>> Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On Mondays, I pick up my son from school and we have lunch together. This past Monday, we were delighted to find a box waiting for us by the door. Thinking it was books, we quickly picked it up and then noticed the "perishable goods inside" label. What could be inside the box, we wondered?

What a wonderful surprise to find a box of 2 lbs of Cheryl's Gourmet Cookies!

These cookies came all the way from Ohio. My 10 year-old son did a happy dance when he opened the box. His eyes lit up as he bit into the Buttercream Frosted Lemon Burst Cookie. I shared a bite and had the same reaction! Yum!



This thoughtful and delicious gift was sent to us by author Carole P. Roman, Michael Philip Cash and Michael Samuels. You may have seen Roman's books highlighted on my blog before. She has written the If You Were Me and Lived in... series as well as the Captain No Beard series, which are simply adorable.





Look for the upcoming reviews of these books that my son and I will be spotlighting soon. While we much on these delicious cookies, we will travel the world through these books and experience great pirate adventures. After a month of dealing with house woes (leaking roof causing water damage...) and family sickness, a simple gesture of thanks through a box of cookies has brought us so much pleasure.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

To learn more about Carole's books, visit www.carolproman.com.

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Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? April 14 Edition

>> Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

We've been having house woes. Our roof began to leak and damaged our tenant's ceiling and bathroom. We had to wait for the temperature to get warmer so we could finally replace our roof, which happened this weekend. Our insurance company doesn't want to cover the damages and the expenses are mounting! It's been a hectic month for us and my book blogging has been suffering. I miss visiting your blogs! I appreciate all of you who stop by and leave comments. They make my day! Thank you for not abandoning me...

For review:

Some Bunny Loves You by Jesse Thom

In this heartwarming and beautifully illustrated musical picture book by puppet-author Chyld Saint Thomas, the reader is transported to the world of Carpenter Glen. Here the reader discovers a group of charming and unusual little bunnies who have a surprising secret to share.

This book includes a full-length CD featuring the title song plus 9 "bedtime tracks" that complete the bunny world.


Free Kindle Book:


Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.



This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
Under the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen (reviewed by Sandra)

Bookish Posts:
Rewind to You Cover Reveal and Giveaway
Missing Lily by Annette K. Larsen Book Spotlight

Currently Reading:
Trophy: Decision by Paul M. Schofield
Sent: The Missing #2 by Margaret Peterson Haddix (with my son)


 Hope you all have a great reading week!

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