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review 2017-07-30 05:41
A genius boy and his talking dog
Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! (Mal and Chad, #1) - Stephen McCranie



Mal is a child genius and Chad is a talking dog. Mal pretends to be just a normal kid so he can stay in grade school, either because he doesn’t want to grow up too fast or because he has a crush on Megan (a girl in his class). Mal and Chad do everything together from scuba diving in the kitchen sink to traveling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. The story is fun and filled with mayhem and adventure. The drawings are simple and in black and white. They show the character’s emotions and portray a sense of excitement when the story calls for it. McCranie originally created Mal and Chad as a comic strip for a college newspaper. There are three books in the Mal and Chad series.


This one was very cute and funny. I actually laughed out loud at times. Another good addition for our elementary school library (at least I hope so).

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review 2017-03-26 02:19
The Biggest Valentine Ever
The Biggest Valentine Ever - Steven Kroll,Jeni Bassett

This is a great book to use around Valentine's Day. It is a short story about two mice who are best friends. They have the same Valentine and begin to compete against each other to make the better Valentine. The two finally decide to come together and make one giant Valentine for their teacher. I would definitely use this story as a read aloud during Valentine's Day festivities. Also, it could be used for a lesson on sequencing as well as plot elements.


Lexile Level: AD610L

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review 2017-02-17 02:29
Emotional story
Your Biggest Fan - Graylin Fox

I liked this story. There are a lot of ups and downs, and the ending is not what I expected. This story follows Mary from her youth to her adult life. She has an obsession with her favorite musician, even while in college. With some help from new friends, she learns to let go and tries to find happiness. She finds that one that she wants to build a life together but is not prepared for the rough road. Her unhappiness culminates with a very unhappy woman who feels she does not have any choice. I cried as I read, felt the emotions Mary experienced.

I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2016-10-29 16:06
Dan the Biggest Dump Truck by Chris Adams
Dan the Biggest Dump Truck - Chris Adams

Dan the Biggest Dump Truck by Chris Adams is a cleverly written story for children ages three to seven. I gave it five stars because my favorite little boy wanted me to read it again and again.


This huge dump truck looks everywhere for a job and is told he is too big to help build big houses or bridges. After searching everywhere he finally finds the perfect job.


I received a complimentary copy from Rowman & Littlefield, Muddy Boots and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Biggest-Dump-Truck-Chris-Adams/dp/1630760560


This book is in pre-order status until February 1, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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review 2016-07-11 18:20
Only good if you enjoy celebrity gossip.
I'm Your Biggest Fan: Awkward Encounters and Assorted Misadventures in Celebrity Journalism - Kate Coyne

Celebrity journalist Kate Coyne relates her interviews, encounters, meetings, etc. with various celebrities and the various degrees of success she's had when speaking with some of these famous stars. Some are the the super A list of Hollywood (Tom Cruise) or maybe less so (Jennifer Lopez) but these are people you are likely very familiar with and/or have heard about their dramas, stories, love lives, etc.


Coyne's job is to get the scoop, get those stories, hustle to get something for the deadline. No matter how entitled or spoiled or rude the celebrities are (although the rudeness seems to be quite rare since these stars are fully aware of public perception and how fickle it can be). Some of the stories are mildly amusing. Some are surprising: Coyne expected Lopez to be a total diva and unapproachable. Instead Lopez kicked off her shoes, asked if the author wanted water and actually did give Coyne something to use at the end of the interview. Sure, maybe the two just managed to click at that one time and place, but it was still nice to see.


That said, this is for a very specific type of audience, one that I've never really been a part of. I only bought stuff like People Magazine for my cross-country flights or read it for free in a waiting room. I'll look up the occasional story or feel sad if a couple gets divorced or whatever but this book made me realize it is not my jam at all. But I had wanted something that was lighter in subject matter. I guess reading this *after* reading a book by a US Senator was not the best pick though.


I didn't think the writing was very great and I really don't care about the author (who I had never heard of prior to this book). But if you're someone who likes to know what goes into reporting of those stories, gossip columns, random items, etc. this might not be a bad try. Would recommend the library or a cheap bargain read to read at the beach or vacation that can be left behind for someone else.

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