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review 2018-05-12 03:38
Angel on Assignment: Move over elf. It's time to share the shelf.
Angel on Assignment: Move over elf. It's time to share the shelf. - Wanda Carter Roush,Mike Motz

Looking for a book that you can do with your young children or readers. Angel on assignment is a good one. It got a craft that will let your readers or young children create an angel to sit on a shelf.

It tell the story of Jesus and the meaning about angels mostly. Angels are around us everyday and everywhere. We just may not see them until we need them. They are there protecting us and helping us when we need them. All we have to do is ask our lord.

The pictures are down well. The author portray and help teach us and children about angels. This is good for any age group. Parents if you want to get a book that you want your children to learn about or be taught this book is one for them. Even if you do just want it for yourself. It good to have around.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/05/angel-on-assignment-move-over-elf-its.html
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review 2018-05-08 19:46
The Christmas Throwaway by R.J. Scott Review
The Christmas Throwaway - R.J. Scott

For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go.


Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.

Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?




 lovely Christmas romance where Zack who has been thrown out by his family and beaten for being gay finds rest and comfort when a young police officer finds him and helps him get back on his feet.

Everyone in this book, but the villains who are off page, are very kind. There is a careful exploration of the idea of throwaways instead of runaways that is very touching.

This is a slow burn romance as Zach is just almost 18 to Ben's 24 when the book begins. 

It is a hopeful tale.

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review 2018-05-08 01:55
A Bad Kitty Christmas - Nick Bruel
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

An absolutely precious Bad Kitty story told to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

This is so adorable. It stayed with the ABC style-story, but also added so much more. Bad Kitty learns an important lesson about the true meaning of Christmas in this super cute, heartwarming book. Absolutely adorable. 

As always, hilarious pictures and great creativity coming up with various items for each letter in the alphabet. The fact that the whole thing rhymes makes it even more impressive.

A very good book. Perfect for Bad Kitty fans.
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review 2018-04-12 19:39
How Mrs. Santa Claus Saved Christmas - Phyllis McGinley
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By famous author/poet Phyllis McGinley, this quaint children's tale told alternating in poem and story. 
Mrs. Claus is known for influencing the Mr. and giving him his good ideas, but this year she has thought of a radical idea. It makes Santa so angry he goes to sleep for a nap Christmas Eve, telling no one to wake him-- he will do it himself. The hour has come for Santa to begin his delivery ride, but cannot be roused. So, Mrs. Claus decides to make the trip herself, implementing her new idea. She dresses up like Santa and delivers "skis for the bookworms, books to read on rainy Sundays for the Baseball Breed; For girls who had nothing but dolls on hand, nice red dump-trucks for dumping sand; Nice soft Pandas, huggable and fat for little boys waiting for a cowboy hat; useless presents, extravagant and funny for children with never a cent of money; practical presents for those more rich; for studious fellows, balls to pitch; ribbons for tomboys, jacks for their brothers....." and the change from the expected gifts delights the children that Santa is even more endeared to them. We loved the book.

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review 2018-04-11 22:03
The Nightingale Before Christmas
The Nightingale Before Christmas - Donna Andrews

Meg has been drafted to organize the designers and spearhead any issues and fix any problems that crop up. The designers have each been assigned a room(s) at the "Show House" to decorate for Christmas. They get a chance to show their stuff and possibly win some money for their charity. One male designer in the show house has made life bad for all the others. He has ruined their rooms, he has sexually harassed some of the women and he has been accused and caught stealing from the other designers, including Meg's own mother. He stole her urn and then claimed it was his, all the way up to Meg asking who he keeps stored in his urn and then opening the urn and pretending to pull out a ring and saying, oh look here is aunt someone's ring! He has to admit he took the urn from Meg's mother because he wanted it for the room he was decorating. He has damaged their rooms and only when Meg points out that he is going to have pay for these damages before he can continue does he get really upset. He has made so many enemies in the house and everywhere else. Stanley Denton is looking for him to serve him with papers for damages he did or rooms he left undone. One night, Meg comes back to the house to make sure all is well only to be shot at and find the designer dead from a gunshot wound. Now the real work begins as they look for the person who murdered Clay and who has been trying to break into the house. Along the way, Meg discovers that there is a women's shelter in the town and that many women are taking advantage of it. They also work hard to get ready for the house showing so that it can benefit the Historical Society. 


The book was read out of order but still a good and fun read. My girls who have been listening to the audio in the car with me have been enjoying the stories so much that they too have been looking for the books to read when I don't have the audio. 

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