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review 2017-12-09 16:15
Review: THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE Collection (Series)
The Adventures of Mitee Mite: The Entire First Edition Collection - John David Mann

The Adventures of Mitee Mite is a good teaching and learning collection of books. They make it fun for children with a math. The children will learn Time, Money, Shapes, Measurements. It was done really nicely.


The author does a good job with the learning, The pictures are done well. I love that you get several different answers to choose from and try and guess the answer. When you turn the page you will get the answer to Question or to what you were getting the right answer.


It a neat idea and good for young learning and has trouble with their shapes, Measurements and Time, and money. It enjoys it and it believes this is a good concept for parents and children to do together and it funs.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/02/book-tour-adventures-of-mitee-mite.html
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review 2017-12-07 20:01
Review: The Christmas Blessing
The Christmas Blessing - Melody Carlson

The Christmas Blessing is a really good book. It had me emotional throughout the book. This shows the sad and the happy. It deals with a young woman with her son. The young woman thinks here soon to be husband has died and so do his parents.


Will the Bentley accept Amelia and her son? Amelia does something to help her son Jimmy? She cares about her son. Amelia sees Jimmy family putting together a Nativity the day after Thanksgiving. She worries about her son and that he is sick. She does something and the family finds him.


We meet James Bentley and what happened to him for sure. There a sweet ending and I do not want to give it away. Carlson does a good job writing the plot and it was done nicely. There some sweet moments and some teary moments.


It a great Christmas story and it is sweet. I loved it.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-christmas-blessing.html
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text 2017-12-05 14:48
How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas ★★☆☆☆
How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas - Jeff Guinn


Jeff Guinn is a terrific writer of nonfiction historical events and biographies. I thoroughly enjoyed his books on Jim Jones and on Bonnie & Clyde. But it was painfully apparent to me, early on in this book, that this talent doesn’t translate well to the telling of fictional stories. At least not fictional stories about Santa and Mrs. Claus. I tried to soldier on through this book, because I needed it for Square 3 of The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season (Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar)), but I just can’t keep punching myself in the head like this. I had to stop. I can’t even work up the energy to detail the many ways in which this book continually failed me. Just take my word for it: Read the hell out of Mr. Guinn’s nonfiction books – I’m eyeballing the one on Charles Manson right now – but don’t spend your time or energy on this set of “fanciful” Christmas stories.


DNF. I gave it 2 stars only because I was able to make through 41% of the book (that’s 4 ½ hours of listening!) before giving up.


Audiobook, purchased via Audible. Susan Denaker’s smarmy & self-righteous tone certainly seemed to suit the character as written, but damn.  

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review 2017-12-05 14:08
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows ★★★★☆
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (A Flavia de Luce Mystery #4) - Alan Bradley,Jayne Entwistle

I’ve been in a reading funk lately, trying to read some holiday themed books to put me in the Christmas spirit and finding myself left more Grinchy than jolly by the experience. So I decided to take a break from the holiday stories and get in some light entertainment in the form of my favorite little scamp, Flavia deLuce. Only to find that the next book in the series is… set at Christmas! In retrospect, the cover art featuring a dancing skeleton in a Santa hat should have been a dead giveway, but I can only plead inattention due to upper-respiratory infection.


In this installment, the deLuce family finances has forced them to allow a film crew to invade their ancestral home, while Flavia has decided on an empirical approach to determining whether Father Christmas is real, by cooking up a sort of people version of fly-paper in her chemistry lab to slather around the chimney. Meanwhile, there’s a murder, and Flavia is her usual delightfully obnoxious self in disrupting the official investigation and ferreting out the clues.


Audiobook, purchased via Audible, with another fantastic performance by Jayne Entwistle.

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review 2017-12-05 13:45
Duck the Halls ★★★☆☆
Duck the Halls: A Meg Langslow Mystery - Donna Andrews

A very cute, very light holiday mystery that starts with a series of silly pranks where a person or persons unknown are filling various places of worship with animals – skunks, snakes, ducks, etc – that eventually turns dark, and then someone is dead and it’s not a joke to anyone. Our protagonist isn’t a professional detective or sleuth for hire. As far as I can tell, she’s just an unashamedly nosy mom. But then, this is book #16 in the Meg Langslow series and there is probably a whole lot more to this character and her history than I was able to grasp in this one short book. Certainly there is a whole history to her extended family dynamics, which come into play throughout the story and bring us a really adorable holiday scene at the conclusion. This does work okay as a standalone, but I suspect the pleasure in it would be enhanced for readers who are already familiar with the series.


Many thanks to Themis-Athena and Murder by Death – I can’t remember which of you recommended this one to me, but you were right, this was a fun antidote to the string of unfinishable holiday-themed books that I kept trying to use to put myself in a holiday mood.


Audiobook, purchased via Audible, with a very good performance by Bernadette Dunn, although I think she does a much better job on all the Shirley Jackson books – maybe she needs that darker material to really sink her teeth into.


I’d have liked to use this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season, but I already have books lined up for all the book tasks and I already have a Christmas book for the Holiday Book Joker.


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