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review 2017-06-02 02:23
The Ritual Bath: DNF, not rated
The Ritual Bath - Faye Kellerman,Mitchell Greenberg

This book was clearly written to appeal to someone very different from myself. Didn't get through enough to feel like it would be fair to give it a star rating, although I will say that the writing was uninspired enough to make the experience as interesting as performing the multitude of chores that the main character is engaged in during the first several paragraphs.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Audible. Michael Greenberg sounds as bored reading it as I felt listening to it.

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review 2017-04-04 22:04
Huggly Takes A Bath - Tedd Arnold

This book is one of my favorites. It is great to use for making predictions. I would use this book when introducing the prediction idea and allow students to make predictions as we read through the book together.  It is leveled 280 L. I would use it in first grade. 

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review 2017-03-25 18:08
The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! - Mo Willems

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! is a fun and silly book about a sassy Pigeon who does not think he needs a bath! This would be a perfect read aloud for grades 1st-4th. There are many options for activities and lessons with this book. A teacher could of course do a lesson about keeping ourselves clean and healthy for Science, a timeline with Math, or a persuasive letter to Pigeon to take a bath for English!

 

Lexile Level: AD150L

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review 2017-03-14 04:46
Puns and Death
Dead, Bath, and Beyond: A Victoria Square Mystery - Laurie Cass,Lorraine Bartlett

This was a fun read. It was light and silly and kinda Lifetime-y movie at times, but I enjoyed it. 

 

Dead, Bath, and Beyond follows amateur detective Katie as she tries to figure out who killed her former boss and planted his body in the bathtub of her friends' Bed and Breakfast. Along the way, she must juggle her struggle to balance her priorities in life, a new manicurist next door who's fumes are stinking up her shop, and a messy love life. 

 

There's a lot to like about this book. The characters for the most part are lovable and relatable. I particularly felt sympathetic to Katie's struggles with her boyfriend since I had some relationship troubles myself while reading it. She's kind of a frustrating protagonist at times, like you want to shake her and be like "stop being so stupid!", but it was in a relatable way. It was the kind of stupid you'd expect from an amateur detective. She's actually very smart in other ways. I also liked Ray. He was pretty funny. 

 

The plot was also pretty solid, which was impressive since there was a lot going on. At the end it all wrapped up nice and neat, which I was pretty impressed by. Bartlett builds everything up well and it has a solid foundation. I didn't feel cheated by the reveal of who-done-it in the end and I actually was able to keep up with most of the clues, which I enjoyed. 

 

There were some faults to the story. The story got a little melodramatic sometimes. Like, it felt like a Lifetime movie. There was also a lot going on in it and I feel some of the plot points got in the way. Like, there's the murder, there's the new nail lady, there's Katie's personal problems, there's her relationship problems, etc. I feel like if one of those elements had been taken out, the story itself would have been a lot tighter and more enjoyable. There were also so many characters that some did come across as shallow, giving kind of an impression of "why are you in this story?". So it just needed some trimming down I think.

 

Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars. It's a fun read and I'd be happy to read it again while on vacation.

 

Final thought: The cats were the best part. 

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text 2017-03-03 00:26
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 304 pages.
Dead, Bath, and Beyond: A Victoria Square Mystery - Laurie Cass,Lorraine Bartlett

I know. Why did I check this book out when I have so many others to get through?

 

The answer: I have no impulse control and the pun on the cover and the cat were too hard to resist. 

 

I don't think I've ever read a true cozy mystery. I think this'll be fun.

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