Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Bone Thief by Alyson Noel

Title: The Bone Thief
Author: Alyson Noel
Pages: 320
Rating: 3/5
Date published: October 17, 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Compared to other more ordinary towns, Quiver Hollows is a very strange, very curious place. It is also home to longtime friends Grimsly, Ollie, Ming, and Penelope. In a town where everyone is spectacularly abnormal, Grimsly feels bad about being terribly, unforgivably normal, as the town's pet funeral director. So when a series of strange and disturbing mundane occurrences begins plaguing Quiver Hollows, well, Grimsly fears his growing celebrity just might be to blame since everyone knows that the things you focus on the most have an uncanny way of shaping your world. 
The group of friends also learn that the bones in the pet cemetery are thought to be the source of the strange magic that binds the town of Quiver Hollows. With the bones now gone, the town's magic is quickly dissipating. Will it ultimately become as common and ordinary as everywhere else?


This middle grade novel is jam-packed with fantasy, vivid mental images, and magic.

Grimsly is the main character, he's Quiver Hollows' residential pet funeral director. He's astoundingly normal in a town where nothing is normal about it. Soon, his normalcy is upset when Quiver Hollows starts becoming normal. At first, he believes it is all his fault, but he soon finds out it goes beyond a simple explanation.

Accompanied by his friends, and a few foes, Grimsly sets out to make Quiver Hollows Quiver Hollows again. He leaves town and goes to the outside world, stumbling upon a school where the students are taught magic doesn't exist by a hateful dictator who has a past in dealing with magic.
Chaos ensues, and the rest you'll just have to read about. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

When the Moon Comes by Paul Harbridge

Title: When the Moon Comes
Author: Paul Harbridge
Pages: 40
Edition: E-ARC via Netgalley
Ages: 4-8

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In this atmospheric story, a group of kids play hockey on a frozen lake by moonlight. At once nostalgic and timely, this is a gorgeous book that will speak to readers young and old.
The beaver flood has finally frozen--perfect ice, without a bump or a ripple. For the kids in town, it's Christmas in November. They wait, impatiently, for the right moment. 
Finally, it arrives: the full moon. 
They huff and puff through logging trails, farms, back roads and tamarack swamps, the powdery snow soaking pant legs and boots, till they see it--their perfect ice, waiting. 

I love books that deal with Winter because when snow is being described, I feel as if I can smell it and feel the bitter bite of wind on my cheeks. I'm super happy it's Summer now, but I do miss Winter when I read books like this.
The children are excited for a night time game of hockey on a pond. They wait and wait until the perfect time and then they go have their fun. The artwork in this book is top notch and it gives off a very melancholy feel to it. The blues and greens in the book go together so well.

Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz, Marie Letourneau

Title: Is  a Worry Worrying You?
Author: Ferida Wolff, Harriet May Savitz, Marie Letourneau
Pages: 32
Edition: E- ARC via Netgalley
Ages: 3-8

Synopsis from Goodreads:
This book addresses children's worries with humor and imagination, as hilarious scenarios teach kids the use of perspective and the art of creative problem—solving.

My first thought about this book when I delved into it was that it was very Tim Burton-esque with the illustrations, which I loved immediately because Tim Burton is absolutely amazing in every way.
I like this book because I was a very worried child. I worried about everything constantly. Over time that developed into a very serious case of anxiety and as an adult I still struggle with it. I'm hoping this book will strike a chord with all of the children who read this who may be struggling with anxiety all over the world. It shows, through plenty of funny examples, how you may can potentially turn any worries you have into something else by using problem solving skills.
I honestly wish I had had this book when I was younger because I definitely feel like it would have helped me a ton with my over worrying and anxiety issues.

How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green

Title: How to Make Friends With a Ghost
Author: Rebecca Green
Pages: 40
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Edition: E-ARC via Netgalley
Ages: 4-8

Synopsis from Goodreads:
What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favorite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren't looking! If you follow these few simple steps and the rest of the essential tips in How to Make Friends with a Ghost, you'll see how a ghost friend will lovingly grow up and grow old with you. 
A whimsical story about ghost care, Rebecca Green's debut picture book is a perfect combination of offbeat humor, quirky and sweet illustrations, and the timeless theme of friendship.

This book is organized into very simple sentences that makes it easy to read for children. Occasionally there are rhyme schemes that are quite enjoyable as well. I'm not quite sure a 4 year old would be able to understand all of the words in this book, but it will definitely be one that they like hearing read out loud anyway. A lot of people shy away from reading ghost stories to their children, but this one is so adorably cute I doubt any nightmares would come from reading this to them.

The illustrations in this book are quirky and super cute. Some of them are black and white with bright splashes of color in areas that our eyes are drawn to.

I like this take on a children's book because you don't often see ghosts as a subject matter because we all know children have highly active imaginations and quite often they end up in bed with you after hearing a spooky story or catching a scene out of a horror film they peeked at when they weren't supposed to. Green does a swell job at making ghosts seem less terrifying through care instructions and adorable images.