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review 2018-09-10 03:55
No Pictures?! Really?
The Book with No Pictures - B.J. Novak

Oh, yes. If you did not think it was possible for children to enjoy a book with no pictures than this book will prove differently! If I were to sum up this book in one word it would be: HILARIOUS. The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak, is a fun and entertaining book for children of all ages. The reader is at the whim of the author. The author gets the reader to read the absolute silliest things because, as the reader, "you MUST read whatever the book says....no matter what!" This book will force you to admit that you are a robot monkey, your best friend is a hippo named Boo Boo Butt, and the child you are reading to is the best kid ever. It's a great book to model reading with expression, and to show children how wonderful books can be even if they don't have pictures.

 

There are so many teaching ideas to go along with this book. Students could:

 

  • Write their own "Book With No Pictures"
  • Record an audiobook version of the story
  • Create artwork to accompany the pages in the book
  • View the hilarious video of the author reading the book: http://thebookwithnopictures.com/

 

Recommended Age Range: 5-8

Lexile Level: 490L


 

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review 2018-08-20 17:07
Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek #3) by Brenda Novak
Home to Whiskey Creek - Brenda Novak

I previously described this story as "Reddit and 4chan had a baby" and after a few days of DNF'ing this book, I stand by that description. Novak showed she was out of her depth by having her heroine have a back story that included a gang rape. The hero and heroine were not up to the challenge of overcoming this (and other) obstacles; they were far too weak and the heroine needed a lot more therapy while she was back in her hometown. The additional storyline of the hero's best friend being gay and in love with the hero for years was already repetitive by the end of book two, and Baxter forcing a kiss from Noah came across as a sexual assault. I lost all respect for Baxter and the others in the friend gang were not anymore mature or level headed. 

 

I might try Novak's suspense novels because I do (for the most part) really like her writing and voice. I just can't take her shoe-horning serious topics into a light contemporary romance storylines - the two aren't meshing well and it comes off as sloppy or damaging writing.

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text 2018-08-10 12:00
Friday Reads - August 10, 2019
Home to Whiskey Creek - Brenda Novak
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters - Susan Mallery

The kids made it through ju-jitsu (Japanese style) camp with flying colors in addition to their other activities. This weekend is the summer overnight camp "trip" (camp grounds are 10 minutes from my house), which is their first camping trip ever (our Scout pack camps rain or shine). Next week sees more end of the summer activities plus stuff to do to get ready for the new school year. 

 

 I borrowed from the library Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery (women's fiction), which I will start sometime this weekend, along with the Crewel World by Monica Ferris (cozy mystery). I moved Dark Witch by Nora Roberts back to the planning shelf since I will use that book for Halloween Bingo. I DNF'd Home to Whiskey Creek but will do a review because I have some things to say about that crap. 

 

Have a happy and safe weekend!

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text 2018-08-10 09:01
DNF at 45%
Home to Whiskey Creek - Brenda Novak

This book reads like 4chan and Reddit decided to write a "romance" together. I can't stand the hero or the heroine. So many trigger warnings for this book, I really wonder how so much crap got past editors.

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text 2018-08-02 14:57
August 2018 TBR
Home to Whiskey Creek - Brenda Novak
On Distant Shores - Sarah Sundin
Crewel World - Monica Ferris
The Johnstown Flood - David McCullough
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
The Baron's Blunder (Black Diamond) - Susan M. Baganz
Toward the Sunrise: An Until the Dawn Novella - Elizabeth Camden
Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon, Book One) - Emma Barry,Genevieve Turner
Better Off Wed (Annabelle Archer Wedding Planner Mystery Book 1) - Laura Durham,Laura Durham
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY!!!!

 

 

 

Reading List

1. Home to Whiskey Creek (Whiskey Creek #4) by Brenda Novak

 

2. On Distant Shores (Wings of a Nightingale #2) by Sarah Sundin

 

3. Crewel World (Needlecraft Mysteries #1) by Monica Ferris

 

4. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings

 

5. The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

 

6. The Baron's Blunder by Susan M. Banganz

 

7. Toward the Sunrise (Until the Dawn #0.5) by Elizabeth Camden

 

8. Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon #1) by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

 

9. The Nightingale Sisters (The Nightingales #2) by Donna Douglas

 

10. Better off Wed by Laura Durham

 

11. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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