Monthly Archives: April 2017

Book Tour
Book Title:
The Giant Jumperee
Book Author:
Julia Donaldson
Book Illustrator:
Helen Oxenbury
Page Count:
32
Publishing Date:
April 18th, 2017
Publisher:
Dial Books
Date Read:
April 1st, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Synopsis

Two of the world's most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a loud voice coming from inside his burrow:

"I'm the Giant Jumperee and I'm scary as can be!" shouts the stranger.

Rabbit's friends Cat, Bear, and Elephant come to help, but they're no match for the mysterious, booming voice. But who is the Giant Jumperee? Find out in this new read-aloud classic from internationally bestselling author Julia Donaldson, beautifully brought to life by award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury.

My Review

As far as sweet, adorable picture books go, I have to say that I think The Giant Jumperee is one of the best that I’ve come across!  Not only was it a fun book to read, with an engaging story … Continue reading

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Book Title:
Gem & Dixie
Book Author:
Sara Zarr
Page Count:
288
Publishing Date:
April 4th, 2017
Publisher:
Balzer + Bray
Date Read:
April 1st, 2017
Source:
eARC from publisher via Edelweiss - Thank you!

Synopsis

Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie—on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep.

My Review

Gem & Dixie is a wonderful book about the power of sisterhood and what it means to take care of those who are closest to you, even if that isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. Gem has been … Continue reading

4 stars
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The Takedown Author: Corrie Wang Publication Date: April 11, 2017 Publisher: Freeform Pages: 384 Formats: Hardcover, eBook Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads Synopsis: Kyla Cheng doesn’t expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn’t need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she’s … Continue reading

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The Castaways Author: Jessika Fleck Release Date: April 3, 2017 Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy Synopsis: The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it. When Olive runs into the maze, … Continue reading

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Book Tour
Book Title:
If I Were a Kangaroo
Book Author:
Mylisa Larsen
Book Illustrator:
Anna Raff
Page Count:
32
Publishing Date:
April 4th, 2017
Publisher:
Viking Books for Young Readers
Date Read:
April 3rd, 2017
Source:
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Synopsis

If I were a kangaroo,

I'd pick you up and carry you

In my pocket, sleepyhead,

And hop you gently off to bed.

It's time for sleep, and this fun-to-read rhyming tale envisions the bedtime rituals of animals from whales to otters, squirrels to gorillas.

So curl up, imagine your favorite animal, and...zzzzzzzzzzz.

My Review

I love picture books that focus on parents and their babies – especially when I get to read them to my own babies.  There is so much of a warm and happy feeling you get when you’re reading about animal … Continue reading

5 stars
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Book Tour
Book Title:
Alex, Approximately
Book Author:
Jenn Bennett
Page Count:
400
Publishing Date:
April 4th, 2017
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Date Read:
April 4 th, 2017
Source:
ARC from publisher - Thank you!

Synopsis

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

My Review

This book was perfectly timed with the weather here to be the beginning of summer contemporary romance that I absolutely wanted to read.  I’m not really a big spring/summer fan, but this book felt like it took those summer blues … Continue reading

4 stars
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The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Release Date: March 7, 2017 Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult Synopsis: A fresh, humorous, and timely YA novel about two teens conceived via in vitro fertilization who go in search for … Continue reading

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