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review 2017-03-21 23:44
Ben Rides On (To the Top of My List)
Ben Rides On - Matt Davies

This wonderful and beautifully illustrated book tells of a boy named Ben who has a super cool, brand new bike that the school bully steals from him. After school, Ben finds his banged up bike, but also sees the bully hanging on a branch over a cliff about to fall off. After much deliberation, Ben makes the right choice to help the bully even though he has been mean to him, making this book a great one for teaching manners and character to young (and old) students. I would personally use this in the classroom for many different reasons. It opens up a discussion for bullying, for making good decisions, and for safety. Bicycles in general offer up a lot of learning opportunities: physics, rotational motion, STEM activities, inclined planes, etc. A teacher could also do some sort of typical "after-reading" book activity like summarizing, sequencing, etc, but change it to incorporate a bicycle into the worksheet/activity. 

 

A.R. Level 3.6

Lexile Level: AD730L

I personally recommended: Ages 2-10+

 

I love this!

In the front of the book on the info page, it says "In books, kids do crazy things, like... ride a bicycle without protecting their heads. In real life, you should always remember to wear your helmet when riding your bike"

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review 2017-03-21 22:44
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, narrated by George Newbern
A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman,George Newbern

 

This was such a touching, funny story it almost made this cold, cold heart shed a tear.

 

I can't help but see some similarities between this story and the movie Saint Vincent, with Bill Murray. Also, I have to say that this tale is a bit predictable.

 

Those things said, I did laugh out loud a few times while listening, and I thought this narrator did a fantastic job.

 

If you're looking for a sweet tale about a curmudgeonly old coot without a friend in the world, this book is for you!

 

Recommended!

 

*Thanks to Audible for the free download.*

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text 2017-03-21 07:05
Cover Reveal - Hot Zone Series

Hot Zone Cover Reveal! by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: December 9, 2016

 

Blurb:

 

Hot Stuff
Book 1


He's about to find out … She's not just one of the guys.

 

Annabelle Jordan and her two sisters were orphans in frilly dresses when they went to live with their sports-lawyer uncle in his world of locker rooms, bookies and gambling. Now the girls are publicists in their uncle's firm, The Hot Zone.

 

Despite her upbringing, Annabelle is all woman. She's naturally drawn to real men—like her latest client, businessman and former football legend Brandon Vaughn.

 

The chemistry is potent, undeniable, irresistible. Annabelle soon realizes that Brandon is much more than just another jock. And that she'd better hold on tight if she doesn't want to lose her heart.

 

Hot Number
Book 2

 

Micki Jordan is a tomboy as much at home on the playing field as in a locker room full of naked guys.

 

But the star publicist is looking to prove she's also an irresistible woman in order to get a second shot at professional baseball player and major league playboy, Damian Fuller.

 

Micki transforms herself into one hot number Damian can't help but notice and together they burn up the sheets and find themselves falling hard. Until Damian's past returns, threatening their future.

 

Hot Item
Book 3


Cool, collected Sophie Jordan loves her daily routine running her family's top sports management agency, as long as she gets to stay behind the scenes. But with big sister on maternity leave and little sis on her honeymoon, she's forced to step up to the plate. And a recent media crisis surrounding the disappearance of super-agent Spenser Atkins is not going to make the job any easier.

 

Enter star quarterback and notorious bad boy Riley Nash who, for reasons of his own, needs to track down Atkins. Up until now, Sophie has kept a strict no-dating-clients policy, but each day with Riley makes her rule near impossible to follow. With her job and her heart on the line, Sophie will need to make the toughest choice of her life!

 

Hot Property
Book 4


Just one short season ago, major league center fielder John Roper had it all: the looks—and personal life—of a sports hero and the public's adoration. But this hot property's lucky streak has run out. After a World Series disaster, fans diss him, shock jocks mock him and his dysfunctional family hassles him for money he really can't spare.

 

Now it's up to him, and Hot Zone publicist Amy Stone, to get his life back on track.

Amy finds it's easier said than done. What with the constant intrusions of his nutty family, a crazed fan playing stalker, and Roper's refusal to put his own needs first, she's starting to think that life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when the two retreat to a secluded lodge, the sexy center fielder throws Amy a curveball—one she never saw coming...

 

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About Carly Phillips:

 

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.
 

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review 2017-03-17 18:25
Does lion rhyme with iron?
Frog on a Log? - Jim Field,Kes Gray

This is my favorite picture book of 2017 and that's saying quite a lot. I liked it so much in fact that I bought a copy for myself and a copy for my mom (if you know mom then you know why I did this). It's a hilarious, rhyming story about a frog who thinks that the rule that all frogs sit on logs (told to him by a wiseacre cat) is unfair because logs are uncomfortable. What follows is the cat informing the frog about the rules of where certain animals are allowed to sit. (Look out for the fleas and make sure you ask the little people you're reading with to find them for you.) If you're using this in a storytime, I encourage you to read with panache and infuse the cat with lots of exasperated attitude. It's a fantastically fun experience when you get your audience invested enough to be shocked by the ending (which is hysterical by the way). The illustrations are absolutely adorable (I'm going to be looking for more works by Jim Field I think) and create another layer of playfulness which I appreciated. I highly recommend this book for anyone and everyone (but especially those who work or live with small children). 10/10

 

Note: It seems that in the UK where this was originally published it was titled Oi Frog! which puzzles me mightily. Also, there's a sequel which is out and which I must get my hands on titled Oi Dog! (I don't get why they would change the name here in the US).

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-03-16 17:57
OSR – Romantic Comedy – Big Girl Panties by Stepahnie Evanovich @SEEvanovich
Big Girl Panties - Stephanie Evanovich

Big Girl Panties by Stepahnie Evanovich is a light read about a difficult subject.

If you are looking for a fun romance for summer reading, add this to your list.

Big Girl Panties

Amazon  /  Goodreads

MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

An overweight widow and a hot, sexy personal trainer find they have much in common when they meet on a plane, become friends and learn you can’t judge a book by its cover as they humorously grow and change…and fall in love.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

I won this ARC some time ago and enjoyed reading it.

GOODREADS BLURB

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape…and winds up getting her groove back–and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals–and other men are noticing?

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