Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Scaredycrow


ScaredycrowScaredycrow
Christopher Hernandez
Scholastic
7/1/2013
From: publisher

For: kids
Grade: A





Synopsis:
Meet one scarecrow who's scared of everything in this uplifting picture book about fear and friendship that also includes a punch-out Scaredycrow paper doll!

Scaredycrow is a scarecrow with a big problem. He's scared of EVERYTHING! He's scared of the crows that fly by in the day. He's scared of the bats that swoop down in the night. He's scared of the barnyard animals, too. And the feeling is mutual! The crows, the bats, and other barnyard friends are all terribly afraid of the lonely, little scarecrow out in the field.

But one day, when a little mouse named Tiny decides to bring everyone together, everyone learns that there is nothing scary about making new friends.
My thoughts:
This book was full of all kinds of cuteness. I have had baby on the brain recently so I was more than excited to review this. The pictures were adorable and went perfectly with the story. The story had an easy flow and would be very engaging for children as old as 6 or 7.

I recommend this as a fun bedtime story for parents with kids under 7 and to all elementary school librarians.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf



The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad WolfThe Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf
Mark Teague
Scholastic
5/1/2013
From: publisher

Grade: A
For: kids




Synopsis:
Three pigs spend their money on different things: potato chips, sody-pop, and building supplies. It comes as no surprise that a wolf is able to blow down the first two pigs' houses. When the wolf can't blow down the third pig's brick house, everyone comes together and the fun begins. The first two pigs give him potato chips and sody-pop, and the third pig makes everyone a healthy meal. Since only one pig has a house left, the other two pigs and the wolf move in with her. The somewhat bad wolf is no longer hungry.

My thoughts:
When this first came in the mail I was ecstatic. Mark Teague is one of my favorites when it comes to children's books. He always creates an incredibly engaging book. This did not disappoint.

The pictures have something new to show you every time you look. They are beautiful and fun to look at. This is so important in a children's book. This gives them something to look at as we read and makes for fun stories created by the picture "readers".

The story was somewhat typical 3 Little Pigs but there was a fun twist. There was also originality added, like when the pigs really want sody-pop.

I recommend this to all parents of young children and elementary school librarians.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dino Destruction

Scooby-Doo Comic Storybook #4: Dino DestructionScooby-Doo: Dino Destruction
Lee Howard
Scholastic
5/1/2013
From: Publisher

For: Kids
Grade: A





Synopsis:
Zoinks! It's monster mania at the museum when a 3-D dinosaur projection comes to life. Scooby-Doo, we need you!

The Scooby gang is taking a vacation from mystery in sunny Costa Rica. Until they visit the Natural History Museum . . . and a dinosaur projection springs to life! Now it's up to Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo to dig for clues. Can they discover who's behind all the dino destruction?

Review:
I loved Scooby-Doo when I was a kid so when I found this in a package from one of my contacts I was more excited than most adult women would be. It was incredibly cute, just how I remembered it. The story was fast paced so children will be able to sit through this one. It is also written at a level that new readers could handle.

I recommend this to fans of scooby-doo, mothers of young boys and all elementary school teachers and librarians.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Goodbye.... Forever?

5 years ago, this month, I started blogging. 9 months before that I started reviewing (for a company at that time). Today is a very sad day... The day when I must tell you guys that I will no longer be reviewing. I have debated about quitting for the past year. There are many reasons why and since you have all been so loyal to me I will tell you...

Reason number one: It is no longer fun. I am too busy to do something that feels like a chore. When I have to force myself to write reviews, it's time to take a breather. I still love reading though, just not on a schedule.

Reason number two: My husband and I are trying to start a family. Though it could be months or years before I get pregnant (if ever) preparing for that is going to take up some of my time. I am working tons of hours saving for baby H.

Reason number 3: My job. As stated above, I work a lot of hours as a hemodialysis tech. I work 12/13/14 hour shifts 4 or sometimes 5 days a week. That takes away a big chunk of my time.

Reason number 4: Nursing school. I am planning on starting nursing school in a couple months (and yes I am aware that I am crazy). There goes any time I had left.....

Thank you guys for a wonderful 5 years. This has brought me so many great things and I am appreciative of everything. I have a wonderful new friend, Lexi, that I made because of reviewing. I was able to meet some incredible authors. I was the YA interviewer at the West Hollywood Book Fair. I was offered an internship with a well known publisher. All I can say is thank you, over and over again.

   When I get pregnant I may start a pregnancy blog. If I do I will post the information here. Also, who knows... Maybe I will miss reviewing in a few months and come back. For now, Goodbye.


Love you all.
Ashley

Ps. There are a few more reviews that I set months ago that will appear here. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jewel Thieves: Catch Us If You Can

Jewel Thieves #1: Catch Us If You CanCatch Us If You Can
Hope McLean
Scholastic
6/1/2013
From: publisher

For: older kids
grade: B





Synopsis:
For Jasmine, Erin, Willow, and Lili, the first year of middle school is shaping up to be pretty awesome. They've been selected for an A-list academic team because of their expertise in art, math, science, and history. The Jewels, as they call themselves, are already winning tournaments. But things heat up when another local team, the Atkinson Prep Rivals, threatens to steal their spotlight.

To further complicate matters, a beloved ruby necklace is stolen from their school, and the Jewels must go undercover with their skills to track down the culprit. Nothing seems to be adding up--until they look to the most unlikely of suspects . . .

My thoughts:
I have recently got a bunch of children's and mid-grade books to review. It has been a nice break from the crazy, drama of adult and young adult books, though I am ready to go back to those now. This was a pretty cute mid-grade novel.

This one was not my favorite of all the ones I have read recently but it was adorable. The girls are fun and their friendship is really inspiring for middle school girls. The drama is at a minimum, which is incredibly hard to find in a lot of books these days.

The story was pretty predictable but it was clean-cut fun. I recommend this to girls 7-13.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday Wishlist

Wednesday Wishlist is a feature I started years ago when I began reviewing. I spotlight a book that has been out for awhile that I am dying to read and review. If you have had the privilege of reviewing the book I spotlight please leave a link to your review. I would love to see what you thought...


You Are Not HereYou Are Not Here
Samantha Schutz
Scholastic
10/1/2010









Synopsis:
Annaleah and Brian shared something special - Annaleah is sure of it. When they were together, they didn't need anyone else. It didn't matter that their relationship was secret. All that mattered was what they had with each other.

And then, out of nowhere, Brian dies. And while everyone else has their role in the grieving process, Annaleah finds herself living outside of it, unacknowledged and lonely.

How can you recover from a loss that no one will let you have?

Why I want to review it:
This book sounds heartbreaking and honest. Just reading the synopsis makes me want to shed a few tears.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Must Monday

Must Monday is a feature I started years ago when I started reviewing. I spotlight one book that is not yet out and that I am dying to read. Here is this weeks choice:

Thousand WordsThousand Words
Jennifer Brown
Little, Brown
5/21/2012









Synopsis:
Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he'll forget about her while he's away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh's friends suggest she text him a picture of herself — sans swimsuit — to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits "send."

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone — until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he's the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh's photo — and didn't look.

Why I want to read it:
Sexting is a really big deal for high school kids these days. I had a best friend get mixed up in years ago, when picture messaging was still a new thing, as was teens having cell phones. Back before they even had laws defining that it was illegal.  I have not read a book about it, so this sounds really good. I'm hoping for some real honesty.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Little Book of Sex Secrets (ADULT REVIEW)

This review is for adults only. If you are under 18 please skip this post...  Thanks!


The Little Book of Sex Secrets: Red-Hot Confessions, Fantasies, Techniques & DiscoveriesThe Little Book of Sex Secrets
Nicole Bailey
Baird
2/5/13
From: Publisher

Grade: B
For: ADULTS ONLY






What it's about: 
Whether as a naughty read at bedtime, a quick peek for excitement while you're traveling, or an ecstatic experience to savor with your lover, this hot little book will leave you inspired. Nicole Bailey, renowned for her guides to sizzling sex play, shares sensational sexploits, no-holds-barred erotic fantasies, and mind-blowing, eye-opening tips. From the art of seduction and super-sensual massage to Tantric techniques, stunning stripteases, and the wicked world of power games, The Little Book of Sex Secrets has it all—with plenty of revealing photos, too!

My thoughts: 
I am happily married, coming up on our first anniversary. I do not usually review books like this but it sounded fun and our anniversary trip is approaching (1 week from tomorrow) so I went for it. I am happy that I did.

This book featured snippets from real people on what they enjoy. I found that to be my favorite part. It was like getting the inside scoop from your best friend. A lot of the things people shared were outside the box. It was fun to see what other couples do to keep the spark alive.

There were some fun ideas provided by the author. Most of them are pretty common, like what you find in an issue of Cosmo. There were some adventurous ones though, such as making your own sex tape.

This book had lots of pictures. They were very sexual but I thought they were tastefully done. If they would offend you then this book is not for you.

I recommend this to my ADULT readers who want to add some spark.