Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Book Review. The day my fart Followed me to Hockey. Sam Lawrence and Ben Jackson. Illustrated by Danko Herrera.

Rating ☆☆☆☆
My Review

Little Fart is the most adorable looking fart.
Little Fart is Timmy's best friend. Timmy is trying out for the hockey team and is worried he might not be good enough. Timmy doesn't want Little Fart coming with him to the try outs (understandably)
But Little Fart is obstinate and wants to help his best friend.
I had to laugh at what happens next.
This is a delightful story about the importance of friendship and I look forward to reading more in the series.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Book Review. #Babylove: My Toddler Life. Corine Dehghanpisheh.

Rating  ☆☆☆ 
My Review: 

I didn't feel the message of this book, to put down our phones, really came across in My Toddler Life. This is a children's book by Corine Dehghanpisheh and the second in a series of books. My Toddler Life is playful and has a simple rhyming narrative, which is easy to follow. 

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Book Review. Dynomike – Happy Shoes. Frankie B.Rabbit.

My Rating ☆☆☆☆
My Review 

This is a book perfectly formatted for your Kindle device. Happy Shoes is one in a series of books for children by Frankie B. Rabbit.
The narrative of the story is in rhyme and throughout the question is asked oh, what to do?
I love where Happy Shoes goes, with Dynomike having too many shoes he ‘decides to share because he has started to care.'


Other books available in the series

Frankie B. Rabbit was born and raised underground; the underground rap scene that is. Walking alone through the rough soils of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and now currently in New Jersey; he traveled most of the North East battle rapping other upcoming hip-hop artists at local night clubs to only find himself getting paid in vegetable scraps and free admissions. While, he was winning a majority of his freestyle rap battles, Frankie B. Rabbit was only participating for bonus money to keep his whiskers afloat. Frankie B. Rabbit’s talents were not self-fulfilling for him, and he was seeking to take his talents elsewhere; hopefully to make a difference.

So, while, his rap career was dragging with monotony, he enters, yet another, freestyle rap battle at B.B. Kings in New York City—which ended being his last rap battle after being defeated by an 8 year old second grader in the first round—his name was Dynomike!

“The lyrical niceness, my rhymes so tight I give nightmares to vice grips! This mic is five bucks, this night is five bucks, and Dynomike is — is priceless!” That was only one of the sixteen bars he dropped on Frankie B. Rabbit.

“That kid has some serious lyrics. I was in awe to see someone, especially at his age, have so much passion for something. I said to myself, this kid just gets it. . .” Frankie B. Rabbit’s defeat was more of an enlightenment. This moment, he decided to partner with the young rap phenomena and do something that would be fun, and more importantly make a difference—that’s when Frankie B. Rabbit’s children’s book career began; his defeat against 8 year old Dynomike, was his inspiration to write a series of children’s books--to do something that matters.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Book Review. Bright Minds Empty Souls / Uncaged Wallflower. Jennae Cecelia.

I Want to Know Why is the stand out poem in Uncaged Wallflower, a poetry collection by Jennae Cecelia. 
I like the letter that begins this book. It is nice to know where the author is coming from, and we share similar sentiments. 
I can definitely relate to poem Change, when author writes ‘Even as a child I would be frustrated when the store would move the aisle of supplies to a different location than before’
These poems made me think, contemplate and reflect. 
If you need some motivation you can’t go wrong with this collection of inspiring poetry.

Aw is my feeling towards Bright Minds Empty Souls.
With the odd poem being in second person perspective, these are mostly observations of love, from falling, to it ending and hurting.
I think Bright Mind, the title poem, is all too brief but I did like the metaphors and imagery. Childhood was one of my favourite poems, and Aggression.

Bio : 
Jennae Cecelia was born on February 16th, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the self-published author of the poetry books, Bright Minds Empty Souls and Uncaged Wallflower. Expressing herself through art – writing, drawing, painting, photography, has always been one of her strongest passions. It allows for her to share her emotions in non-traditional ways. Jennae is well known for her poetic soul and vitality. With years of unpublished work, she is most excited about creating ways to further enhance her reader’s experience.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Book Review. Butter. Erin Lange.

Butter is more than a book about a teen struggling with his self image and a crush. 
Protagonist Butter plays the saxophone, is overweight and pretends to be somebody he is not on the Internet. He loathes himself, but can he ever find the strength to change his life?
Butter tackles the subject of bullying, popularity and suicide.
Butter plans to eat himself to death on New Years Eve. There is a shocking moment when his new found ‘friends’ Trent and Parker are thinking his plan is a game, and ask if he has a bucket list. 
The suspense isn’t too long drawn out, and Erin Lange is a natural storyteller. Butter is, at times, a horrible character (with good reason) and I rooted for him. Some characters could have been more fleshed out, but that is my only criticism. 
Butter gives us something to think about, and it is good to read a male perspective on food and suicide. 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Jack (Jack: Part One in the Trilogy Book 1)

Jack (Jack: Part One in the Trilogy Book 1) Gary Dorion 
A rollicking read from start to finish!  

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Book Review. North. Amanda Linehan.

In North by Amanda Linehan we are introduced to Jayne, who we have no real reason to like as she has just robbed the store she worked at. She is an unlikely heroine. She seems to be young and yet can handle a gun and hotwire a car.
Within three chapters we are given a good reason to not put North down and continue reading Jayne’s story. I like the characters. There is twist after twist and a teeth grinding finish. There is a slight romance that, thankfully, does not dominate the story.
Apart from Jayne, cop Savage also narrates North. This relationship between the two is the core of the book. Savage and her cop partner are a well used cliché, the cop duo, but this peters out eventually.
I like the first real conversation between Jayne and Jack, who Jayne has kidnapped. He asks ‘do you ever wonder where people are going?' which opens up a thousand different possibilities. Jayne’s reply shows a lot of what her personality is like.
I am curious about Jayne at the finish of the book and wonder if Amanda Linehan could write more about her personal development and blossoming relationships.
North is a different type of young adult novel, that could so easily have been a disaster, but instead is a stand out novel and for any fan of its genre.

99p / 99c
Amazon.co.uk  or Amazon.com 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Fibles. M.R.Everette.

You are never too old for children's stories and Huntley loved these,  by M.R. Everette