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review 2018-11-10 19:56
Cuddled and Carried, Dia L Michels

I loved this picture book for children of all ages. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. In it's simple way, it was uplifting and the artwork was wonderful. I liked how they linked animal families to human families. So I will be giving this to my grandchildren. It also has some start a conversation suggestions in the back. Nice touch.

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review 2018-10-19 04:34
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (picture book)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Jim Smith

This was the cutest picture book. It is the perfect way to introduce a child into the world of Buffy and when they are older force them to watch all the episodes. I loved looking for the little details that would make any Buffy fan smile in delight, or in my case grin like a dork and make a giggle sound. You see familiar faces of people Buffy goes up against in the show and her little pig stuffed animal, Mr. Gordo!


The illustrations by Kim Smith are so adorable. As this is meant for children the canon is changed; it is the cute, innocent version of Buffy. I loved it. I'm an adult who still loves picture books, children books, young adult, and adult books, too. (and that will never change!)

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text 2018-10-07 17:09
I got two awesome books that prove I'm a really eclectic reader!

I put in a special order at Barnes and Noble (because for some reason they didn't carry it in store!) for Paperbacks From Hell by Grady Hendrix and while I was at the store to pick it up, we had to go into the kids section to pick up a birthday gift for a 1-year-old.


I saw the Buffy the Vampire Slayer picture book based on the series created by Joss Whedon, with illustrations by Kim Smith. I had to have it! For me! I love horror, adult books, YA, middle grade and of course children books. I think even if my body breaks down over time, reading in this manner will help keep part of my mind young.

I'm such a dork. Both of these books are so cool!!


The back cover alone makes a Buffy fan happy! Look at the little attention to detail. When you read this, you have to remember it will be way different from the show. It has to be if they are marketing it for children.

I've only flipped through Paperbacks From Hell, but I've already seen some books I own or read, which is pretty neat!

Lupe by Gene Thompson is from 1977. I bought my copy in 2003 from a little used bookstore for $1. So I read it at 19 years old. From memory, this book freaked me out! I was pretty sheltered as a teen, even at 19, so this was probably considered a Taboo book to be reading with my relgious family. I imagine I hid it.

Creepy children...

My copy got a little beat up. I'm not too bothered by that. That just means this book has a history! Would I buy it again if I found a better copy of the first edition (and for cheap again... haha) I probably would if I read this again and still liked the story.

I tried to adjust the photo so you can see the faded text in the receipt! Not every day you find the original receipt tucked away.


As I read Paperbacks From Hell, I will keep track of which books I own, have owned and have read! (Oh, and of course the books I will want to hunt for and read! I know I will want to find the books with the covers the book shows, so my hunt might be harder.)


If you are a dork like me, you might look forward to my list, which I will share here. lol

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review 2018-09-10 02:45
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum - Meghan Mccarthy

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy is a level 740L on the Lexile reading level scale. Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum is about not only the invention of gum because that has been around for centuries, but the invention of the best gum ever, bubble gum. It all started with an accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy started to mess around with different recipes. Students will be so engaged by this book, and maybe you can use this in science to learn how bubble gum is made. If it's not too complicated, maybe you could create some bubble gum in class.

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review 2018-09-10 02:18
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems is a level I on the Fountas and Pinnell reading level scale. In the beginning of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, the bus driver specifically says do not let the pigeon drive the bus, but the pigeon tries to trick you the whole time into letting him drive the bus. This is the cutest book of all time! What you could do in your classroom is tell the students to write a persuasive piece of why you should or should not let the pigeon drive the bus, and why.

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