Why would grown men in the Chinese government feel threatened by Peppa Pig?
If anyone say the Chinese government is fine, don't believe this person. How could a government be fine while feeling threatened by children books about pink pigs.
Everyone's favorite Frenchie is back in Naughty Mabel Sees it All by Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott. Mabel urgently greets the reader even before page one! She wants to make sure that her side of the story gets told.
Mabel has been noticing that strange things are happening in her house. But she can't worry about that now, darlings. She has been invited to her very first sleepover! Smarty-Cat and Scaredy-Cat are ready to spend a fun-filled evening with their pooch pal.
While watching a movie with her kitty friends, Mabel sees something very disturbing. There are monsters in the house! Will she be able to protect her friends from the scary invaders? Are things really as they seem? You'll have to read the book to find out, darlings!
Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott have done it again! I simply adore Mabel and the second installment does not disappoint. Infused with pop culture such at Martha Stewart, Google and selfie sticks, readers young and old alike will delight in Mabel's crazy antics. Dan Krall's illustrations are hilarious and adorable. My favorite illustration is on page 12 where Mabel plays dress up with her cat friends. I love all of the movie references!
I would highly recommend this book to readers of all ages. This story truly has something for everyone to enjoy. I hope that Mabel will return soon to share even more stories with her adoring public.
Douglas is a dog with a problem. He is having trouble seeing. But, he doesn't know it!
His owner, Nancy, can no longer ignore the signs. After a game of fetch goes goes horribly wrong she decides to take Douglas to the eye doctor. Douglas is positive that he can pass the eye exam.....until the doctor tells him that he needs glasses. Will Douglas be able to embrace his new look?
I love Ged Adamson's illustrations! His use of water color for the trees mixed with hand drawn characters create truly stunning pictures. I greatly enjoyed this story and can totally relate. When I was in the fourth grade, I literally lost my ability to see things far away in one day. This was a very traumatic experience and this book would have definitely helped me understand what was going on.
While I like the story, I feel that it ends abruptly. After Douglas gets his new glasses, the story simply stops. I wish that Adamson would have showed how having glasses has changed Douglas' life. I would have liked to have seen Douglas succeeding in walking in the park and playing fetch.
I do feel that this book would be a great gift to any child who is in the process of getting glasses. Douglas is such a lovable character that I know children will adore.
- Every year you get a little bit older! Read a coming of age novel or any old favorite comfort read to start the new year right.
- If you're feeling brave, post a holiday picture of yourself from your childhood or misspent youth.
For Part 1 of this task I listened to the audio version one of my annual holiday reads, Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol, performed by Patrick Stewart. I already reviewed it, and the TV adaptation starring Mr. Stewart as Scrooge, last year -- but it really can't be said often enough what a phantastic reading this is. Nothing like RSC training, coupled with enormous acting sensibility and empathy for all the story's characters, for bringing this classic to life! No doubt I'll be revisiting Messrs. Scrooge and Stewart again for Christmas ... and for many years to come.
As for Part 2 of this task, eh voilà!
With my mom and my grandpa (and a new favorite doll)
With my grandma (and the selfsame doll)
With my then-best friend: I actually had piano lessons at the time, but unlike the adults in attendance we thought it much greater fun to just hammer away at those keys wildly, at random, and as loud as we possibly could!
What a difference two years make ... and oh, how I hated those glasses.
Glasses gone again. For the time being ... alas, they'd come back with a vengeance in my adult years, and there's unfortunately no way I'm getting rid of them again now.