Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


Percy Jackson is a kid from Manhattan who’s been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, and labeled a big trouble maker. Percy has been accused of stealing Zeus’ master bolt from Greek mythology and this blend of myth with real life gives this book a unique setting and very interesting characters.

The reviewer liked that the characters were relatable and realistic, besides their supernatural abilities. Rick Riordan blends the world of Greek mythology and modern New York together and captures you in the first chapter. You’ll want to keep reading.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Everyday Cook by Alton Brown


Alton Brown, the well known chef, author and TV personality, presents this attractive coffee-table style cook book, filled with great recipes, advice, and Alton Brown’s signature humour. The book is divided by recipes for each time of day with an index at the back that you can search by ingredient or method. Most of the recipes are fairly and almost every recipe is preceded by a short paragraph telling why Alton thinks this one is special. He also includes variations you can try to change it up or tailor it more to your own tastes.

The reviewer enjoyed Alton Browns humour and his scientific approach to cooking, and Alton’s love of great food and enjoyment of cooking and teaching shined through. The reviewer felt they always learn something new from his books, whether it is a new method in the kitchen or a different way of using common kitchen gadgets. This book was educational and entertaining, and suitable for any cook, from beginner to professional chef.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup


Twelve years a slave is a heavy memoir written by Solomon Northup. Solomon was a free African American man born in New York State. Solomon, a citizen of New York was drugged and kidnapped in Washington City in 1841. A slave trader renamed him “Platt” and sold him as a runaway slave to a cotton plantation in Louisiana.

After 12 long years Northup is finally able to regain his freedom and is returned to his family where he is reunited with his wife and children. His daughter and her husband introduce him to his new grandson Solomon Northup Staunton. Although Solomon documented details and dates his kidnappers were never brought to justice.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night by Kallie George


Feather, Flap, and Spike are too big to sleep in Mama Duck’s nest and are spending their first night in their own nest. They tell each other stories, and cuddle up for a good sleep, when all of the sudden they hear a noise...... A scary sounding noise.......

This is a really good bedtime story for any child, that’s been nervous about strange sounds at night. It has wonderful illustrations and loveable characters. Children will feel at ease going to sleep after reading this humorous story. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino


Chip and Joanna Gaines are the stars of HGTV’S “Fixer Upper”. They take the worst houses in the best neighborhoods and transform a house into a home. In their new book “The Magnolia Story” together with Mark Dagostino they tell their amazing true story behind the scenes of “fixer upper” and what happens when two people inspire and encourage each other to dream and not only to dream but together with God, follow their dreams.

Chip and Joanna will capture your heart; you will laugh at Chip’s unique style and applaud Joanna’s ability to envision beauty when all you see is an abandoned broken-down building.

The book is written with Chip and Joanna both giving their perspectives, the style is easy to read and you will be drawn into their story from the first page, you won’t want to put it down.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When You Were Small by Sarah O’Leary with illustrations by Julie Morstad


Every night when Henry goes to bed he asks his father to tell him about when he was small. So his father does, ‘when you were small we used to give you baths in the teapot’.....

Each page has a different comical situation with a tiny Henry, riding in a pocket and having his hair brushed with a toothbrush and other accommodations to his being ‘little’. What parent has not been asked to tell stories about what we were like during that magical time when we were little? Each page has a sweet picture of a tiny Henry who looks just like he does now only miniature while the rest of the world is big.

I read this book aloud to children in a daycare ranging in age from 1-5 and everyone laughed at every page and loved every minute of it and not just the children! Besides the charm of the pictures and the playful situations this book reminds us of that universal connection between parent/caregiver and child. This is a lovely book to share and on the last page Henry asks his Dad if it’s ‘all true?’