Chi’s Sweet Home (book series)

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Book review by Romy
The books are about a cat named Chi who gets separated from her mom and another family adopts her. She nearly gets separated from them twice but she stays with them and ends up moving to France. Along the way, Chi meets two other cats. Their names are Coackchi and Blackie. Chi is happy, feisty, and funny. I think the books are funny, happy, and sad. They are graphic novels and are originally from Japan. I really like the pictures. They are cute and colorful. I first found out about these books from my public library.
It is a very good series. I like it so much because I love cats. I give Chi a 10 out of 10 plus 10 bonus points!
Bridget note: Romy also shared her own Chi novel mock up and the membership cards for her club.  I love graphic novels so will be reading this series!
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Every thing on it


By Shel Silverstein

I got this book for Christmas and both Annoying Little Brother and I love it. Shel Silverstein is great. Just great. He wrote the silliest poems ever. The drawings are funny too. 


I don’t think waking your sleeping foot with a hammer is a good idea but it is a funny idea.

This book gets a million stars. I recommend it to anyone who needs a smile or a happier day.

Meet the author: Kiki Thorpe

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website: kikithorpe.com

Tell me a little about yourself
I’m the author of over fifty books for kids, including The Never Girls series. I’ve also written middle-grade fiction under the name Mimi McCoy. I live in Colorado with my family. I love skiing, hiking, swimming and traveling, but reading has always been my favorite pastime.

When you were my age, did you like to read?

Yes! I read all the time, though I never would have described myself as a bookworm. I just took for granted that reading was part of everyday life. I remember being astonished when a friend in junior high told me she didn’t like to read. I thought it was just something everyone did, like sleeping or bathing.

What was your favorite story?

So many, I can’t name just one. I loved Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and Jane Langton’s books like The Diamond in the Window and The Swing in the Summerhouse. My favorite books often had an element of mystery or magic, but I also liked historical fiction, like Caddie Woodlawn and Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series.

How do you get your ideas?
 As your books are related to another series (Tinkerbell), Do others have input?
Ideas can come from anywhere. I’m lucky in that the Never Girls stories are set in Never Land, so there’s a lot to drawn from. I might think, “I want to write a mermaid story” or “Let’s see what happens if the girls take some fairy dust home with them.” When I don’t have a clear idea, I start with a character and think what attributes s/he has that might lead to an interesting conflict.

Yes, others have input. This series is a little unusual in that I have two editors—one at Random House (the publisher) and one at Disney, who reviews the text for consistency with the Disney world.

Is it hard to write a book?
Starting can be especially hard. If I’m struggling to begin a book, sometimes I’ll start writing in the middle with a scene I can see clearly in my head.

You write an ongoing series, is it hard to keep facts straight?
I’ve been writing about the world of Pixie Hollow for a long time. Before I wrote the Never Girls, I wrote some books in the Disney Fairies series. So I feel I know the world pretty well by now.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written?
Not really. Some were more fun to work on that others, but I like them all.

What author do you really like right now?

I’ve been enjoying books about siblings like Hilary McKay’s books about the Casson family and Rita Garcia-Williams’ books about the Gaither sisters. And I reread the original Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie at least once a year. It never gets old.
Read a lot! And take revising seriously. No story is ever perfect the first time it’s written.

Young Helen Keller

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Author: Anne Benjamin

Reviewer:  Annabelle

Summary of the story:  This is a story about a girl named Helen Keller  who’s blind, deaf, and could not talk.  Then she started to hit and kick people and once Helen even pushed her baby sister, Mildred, out of her cradle.  Then Annie came to live with the Keller family to help Hellen Keller.  She helped Helen learn to talk and do sign language.  

What did I like? I really liked this story because it’s a real story, and it’s a good story because it’s about a girl who is a super sweet girl, but is deaf, blind, and cannot talk.  

Overall review: this is the best book ever no wonder I read this book so many times.  

Who else might enjoy this story? Blind kids .

 

King Cake Baby

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By Keila Dawson

Illustrated by Vernon Smith

It is almost Mardi Gras so time to share King Cake Baby. Stick around to the end as I have a surprise!

King Cake Baby is like the gingerbread man. He is supposed to be cooked in a king cake but keeps running away from people. He taunts them as he runs. But eventually someone outsmarts him.

King Cake is a special cake eaten from the  Epiphany to Mardi Gras. A small “baby” is hidden in the cake. If you get the piece with the baby, you are special.
I found the book funny. It is even more fun if you read it with silly voices.

*Drawing is closed. The winner was Molly*

Now the exciting part – I have a copy to give away to one of my readers! This is my first giveaway so super special.  To be entered into my drawing, leave a comment on my blog about:

  1. What you would do if you found the baby in your piece of cake?
  2. A book you think I would like OR
  3. An author/illustrator I should interview

Comments will be open through next Friday, February 17th. I will draw a random entry for the book! Make sure to leave an email I can reach you at!