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review 2018-09-09 05:21
Imagine That
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend - Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend tells the story of Beekle, an adorable little marshmallow-looking character who is in search of a real child. You see, Beekle comes from a faraway land, where day after day he patiently awaits for a child to imagine him. After waiting for many nights he decides to do the unimaginable: embark on a journey to the real world. This short story is full of bright, beautiful illustrations and will undoubtedly capture the hearts and imaginations of young readers. Many children will be able to connect with the story by relating an imaginary friend that they once had (or have) with Beekle. 

 

After reading the story aloud I would discuss the themes of friendship and bravery. ("Beekle faced many scary things on his quest to find his friend...what are some ways that you show courage?") Another way to follow up the story would be to have students design their own imaginary friend. Since Beekle resembled a cute marshmallow puff, give students marshmallows (both jumbo and small), toothpicks, a sharpie, foil paper, scissors, and tape and let them go to town crafting their new friend! I also love the idea of connecting the story to Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. In what ways are the stories alike? In what ways are they different? Students could draw a Venn Diagram to show the relationship between the two.

 

Recommended for Ages: 5-7

Lexile Level: AD480L 

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review 2018-08-30 07:49
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
Honor Girl - Maggie Thrash,Maggie Thrash

This is a very important story for everybody to read! Very touching. The artwork is unusual, but I grew to like it.

 

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This is based on Maggie's real life, so I was torn if I should give it a 4 or a 5 based on how it ended. I decided it did not seem fair to give it a 4 because it ended in a way I did not like. That is just how it happened in real life. If this were fiction, I would give it a 4 for the ending. If you've read this, you know what I mean. Otherwise, I feel like this deserves a 5-star rating!

A lot of people are complaining about the artwork and saying the author can't draw. I don't agree. It is a different style, for sure. Maggie could have hired an "expert" illustrator, but she decided to draw her story herself. Art is subjective anyway.

 

I'm sorry this isn't a "proper" review. Sometimes I just don't know what to say except for "I like this" and "you should read it!" Also, take my ratings with a grain of salt! I change my mind a lot.

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text 2018-06-24 22:44
A Baroness of Honor - a dishonorable compilation - DNF, no stars
A Baroness of Honor - Emily Meier

Disclosure: I obtained the Kindle edition of this book when it was offered free on Amazon.  I do not know the author nor have I had any communication with her about this book or any other matter.  I am an author of historical and contemporary romances and non-fiction.

 

The lead story, A Baroness of Honor, is but one of fifteen or so stories stuffed into this Kindle edition.  It ends at around 8% of the pages.

 

The rest of the book is recycled stories of similar or even shorter length, and none of those I sampled are Regencies.  Most, in fact, are Amish romances, which I have no interest at all in reading.  Many of these stories are set up as the featured lead title for other compilations by this author, and most are shuffled through the compilations as filler.

 

I have reported this book and several of the author's other titles to Amazon's "Content Quality" department as they appear to be in violation of Kindle Direct Publishing's Terms of Service regarding "Disappointing Content."

 

On top of all that, it's not even well written.  There's a summary provided that makes almost no sense at all.  Our baroness is the middle daughter of a earl -- so how did she get this baroness title?  The earl is killed in battle -- peers didn't usually join the military. So her widowed mother marries her off -- were there no sons to inherit the title? -- and then her new husband and HIS father are killed, leaving our baroness to handle a huge estate.  Um, where are all the male heirs???

 

The book is written in the form of a diary, and there are huge sections without paragraphs.  It's very difficult to get past the first few pages, which is about as far as I got.  It begins when Lavinia, the future(?) baroness is fourteen years old in 1809. On the day after her fourteenth birthday she is informed that she will be attending a ball in London.  Um, no.  That was the point at which I stopped reading completely.

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review 2018-06-18 03:54
Jaded: Zane and Honor (Cliffside Bay Series Book 3) by Tess Thompson
Jaded: Zane and Honor - Tess Thompson

 

Jaded is an inspiration. Honor and Zane are not victims, but survivors. From ugliness blooms beauty. Tess Thompson shines a light on subjects that many choose to ignore. She tackles heartbreak with the strength and grace of a snowflake. The impact lives on, but never defines. There will be tears, but out of the sorrow is where the hope begins. Thus the healing power of love.

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review 2018-06-17 03:38
Good Characters and Story
Honor Before Heart (Emerald Belles, #1) - Heather McCorkle

Corporal Sean MacBranian is injured in battle and wakes up to the sight of an Irish Angel. His blond-haired, blue-eyed nurse has now given him a reason to live. Ashlinn knows it’s a big risk, but she can’t help but give Sean her heart. Will their love survive the ultimate test?

I don’t get many that are set in the Civil War so this was a nice change for me. This was a sweet book with good, strong characters. It took a little bit, but I was really drawn into the story and the characters’ journeys. I recommend.

This was a sweet book with good, strong characters.

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