Family Fridays – If Everybody Did

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014

Book: If Everybody Did (1960) by Jo Ann Stover Category/Age: Picture Book (Older) Blurb: The hilarious and terrible consequences of everyone doing his own thing are portrayed by author/artist Jo Ann Stover in If Everybody Did. Children and adults alike will enjoy this precautionary tale with its concise rhyming text, and amusing illustrations. Review: This […]

I’m baaaaaack!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014

Well, it’s been a few months, so welcome back to the blog! I hope to be bringing new content on a more regular basis. At least more regular than every three months or so! I’ve taken the summer off because I’m pregnant again (yay!) but have been feeling really sick (boo!) and tired (double boo!). […]

Review of The Martian by Andy Weir (2012)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014

Bottom line: Highly recommended for sci-fi fans and/or survivalists. Rating: Strongly Recommended Blurb: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking […]

Family Fridays – the Non-Weirdo’s Guide to Cloth Diapering

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014

Well, it was earth day this week, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about poop. I’m coming out of the closet and taking a stand: I cloth diaper my baby! I thought I’d write up the Cloth Diapering for Non-Weirdos guide to hopefully give a little nudge to any parents […]

Review of Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (2007) (Kate Daniels #1)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

Bottom line: Good, but gruesome Rating: Recommended Blurb: Earning a living cleaning up magical messes, mercenary Kate Daniels is drawn into a power struggle between two factions–necromancers and shapeshifters–within Atlanta’s magic circles when her guardian is murdered. Review: This is one of those books that makes me wish I were WAY more desensitized to violence. […]

Family Fridays – I Kissed the Baby

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014

Book: I Kissed the Baby (2003) by Mary Murphy Category/Age: Picture Book (Younger) Blurb: It’s so exciting! News of the baby is buzzing from animal to animal, with each one — fish, bird, squirrel, insect, frog — boasting of seeing, feeding, singing to, tickling, and kissing the tiny little thing. With bold, graphic black-and-white illustrations, […]

Tools of the Trade – book swaps

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014

A while ago, my neighborhood hosted a community book swap. Show up, donate your books and dvds, come back a week later and take home as many books and dvds as you want! Truth be told, the Saturday of the event I had forgotten about it until the last minute, so by the time I […]

Family Fridays – The Boxcar Children

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014

Book: The Boxcar Children (1924) by Gertrude Chandler Warner Series: The Boxcar Children Category/Age: Early Reader / Beginning Chapter Book :  ages 6 and up Blurb: One Warm Night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from.” So begins Gertrude Chandler Warner’s beloved […]

Reading List: Pipe Dream Edition

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014

One of my pipe dreams is to get to travel to all of the continents. And not just the easy ones, either. Nope, I want to make it to Antarctica. I often get asked why. Why wouldn’t you want to go to Antarctica? Penguins! Icebergs! Whales! Unspoiled nature! Etc.! Since it’s somewhat unlikely I’ll actually […]

Family Fridays: Good Night Our World Book Series

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014

This will be the last entry in my impromptu “Travel Month” books for kids. Good Night Our World is a series of board books for very young kids and takes them through a day, and all the seasons, for a given location. Of the ones I’ve seen, I think they do a fantastic job of […]