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review 2017-08-18 02:14
Book for kids:"WHITE CAT BLACK CAT":Bedt... Book for kids:"WHITE CAT BLACK CAT":Bedtime story, Beginner reader Level-1, Early learning, Values(Childrens Picture Book, Preschool, Baby Book, Children ... 0-8)Cat book, Animal story book, Series 1 - Sigal Adler,Lintang Pandu Pratiwi

Two cats of different colors meet for the first time.  Each is full of disdain for the other based on color.  Then they think and decide to become the other one.  Both discover both are needed and good.  Neither is better than the other.


I liked the rhyming.  It was fun to read aloud.  The illustrations are wonderful.  It teaches a lesson we all need but it doesn't preach.

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url 2017-04-10 03:29
BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry


Moving between Essex and London, myth and modernity, Cora Seaborne's spirited search for the Essex Serpent encourages all around her to test their allegiance to faith or reason in an age of rapid scientific advancement...



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url 2017-02-24 22:48
BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime - The Underground Railroad


Listen Here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ff18j


Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme) reads The Underground Railroad, the new novel by Colson Whitehead. This brilliant and at times brutal novel about the history of slavery and racism in America won the US National Book Award for Fiction in 2016.


"What if the underground railroad was a literal railroad? And what if each state, as a runaway slave was going north, was a different state of American possibility, an alternative America?"


Whitehead's inventive novel follows Cora and Caesar as they escape from a Georgia slave plantation and run north in pursuit of freedom, aided by the stationmasters and conductors of the Underground Railroad.


Produced by Mair Bosworth
Abridged by Sara Davies
Read by Clarke Peters.

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text 2017-02-09 17:23
BBC Radio 4 books to listen to



BBC Radio 4 has many good books etc going at the moment. There is a Neil Gaiman one coming soon! Here's just a few of the many that are on the go atm.


Book at Bedtime - The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman


Chilling revenge for a terrible crime is at the heart of Neil Gaiman's multi-award-winning novelette, inspired by a Hebridean myth and originally commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for the Graphic Festival with celebrated illustrator Eddie Campbell.

1/5. A dwarf seeks a guide to a certain cave on the Misty Isle.



The Mistletoe Bride and other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse


"The Mistletoe Bride and other Haunting Tales" is a collection of haunting short stories written, abridged and introduced by Kate Mosse. They are all inspired by legends and folktales from the French and Sussex Countryside and each story explores the relationship between landscape and emotion. Grief and Guilt. Loss and happiness. They are timeless in their telling, ranging from the mythical past to the present day. Kate Mosse has chosen 5 out of the collection that exemplify the redemption experienced by the various grief stricken men and women as they come to terms with their destiny.



Book of the Week - Once Upon a Time in the East by Xiaolu Guo


Xiaolu Guo's autobiography tells her remarkable story from adoption at birth through to her career as a writer and film-maker based in the UK. This abridgement deals with her formative years, living in China in times of transition.



Episodic 15 minute Drama - Isaac Asimov's I, Robot


The rise of robotics in the 21st century, told through the poignant and mysterious story of enigmatic lawyer, Stevie Byerley. Starring Hermione Norris.



Book at Bedtime - The Transition by Luke Kennard


An intriguing and wry debut novel about capitalism, the housing crisis and a generation in debt. Set a few years from now, in an unnamed city, award-winning poet Luke Kennard imagines what life might be like for young people from the squeezed middle-class if our society continues along its current economic path.



 Daphne Du Maurier - The Birds


Nat Hocken and his family are disturbed during the night by the sounds of birds. Read by Tristan Sturrock.




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review 2016-07-02 11:29
The Last Book Before Bedtime - Nicola O'Byrne

What do you get if you mix and match 3 fairy tale stories together, you get this book! :D

While I had my suspicions on what stories we would get (because come on, Cinderella, the 3 pigs, and Red Riding Hood are on the cover), I didn't know they would mix it up this much. It was a bit chaotic, and I also didn't like how Cinderella was portrayed as being very needy in the attention part. She is one of my favourite girls in fairy tales, so I was unhappy. :(

The book first starts with our 3 pigs, which is not really my favourite story (it is just so boring), so I was happy to see that we quickly went to find another character from another story, and then yet another character, until we had the cast ready for an epic going-to-bed-story. I loved how they all worked together, and the story was really nice. Good job guys!

I really have to give extra points (hence the 4 stars, that is 1.5 star extra for just this) for the narration! I just loved, no adored, no it was just amazingly fun, to see the narration break the fourth wall. Not only speaking directly to the person reading the book, but also commanding the characters of the book. It was such a delight to see this, and it made the book so much better. I laughed all the time, how he tried to handle these story book characters, but they were acting all like little kids.

The ending was really cute, and I was happy with what happened.

There are also illustrations and I just loved them a lot. The way the characters were drawn was perfect, and I loved the details.

There is also an option to read this book in audio (through a QR-code hidden in the front of the book, normally not hidden, but my library put something over it). I am thinking of doing that, as I am curious how the narration will be done.

All in all, this was a pretty decent book, it had some fun parts, lovely art, and the narration was just perfect.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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