Secrets Of Topsea: The Many Tales Of A Friendly Town

A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By The Ocean! Our last Disney•Hyperion book for the month is A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By The Ocean! This beginner chapter book for ages 8-12 is perfect to encourage young readers.  This is not your typical story as secrets are divulged.  After all when you move to […]

Charlie & Frog: An ASL Adventure

Charlie & Frog A Mystery The key to this book is friendship.  Honestly even though there is a mystery to be solved, without the rock solid combination of Charlie and Frog (a girl not an amphibian) the whole book would fizzle out.  There is the added bonus that Frog is deaf and thus helps Charlie […]

Burning Magic: A Perfect Ending

The Final Shadow Magic Novel Confession time, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire trilogy of Shadow Magic.  This is exactly the type of book I searched for when I began devouring chapter books.  The entire series is whimsical and macabre but without being nightmare inducing.  Burning Magic takes our heroine and hero and drops them into […]

Celebrate February With Groundhug Day!

February’s Perfect Book By far, this is the perfect story for February.  Not only are you getting Valentine’s Day but also Groundhog Day! Both holidays are really seen together, but this time all of the animals want Groundhog to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them.  Only what if he sees his shadow? Then he won’t be […]

Papillon Goes To The Vet

Papillon Is A Cat Papillon is the fluffiest cat.  This is a cat so fluffy he floats.  He is perhaps one of the most adorable picture books characters I’ve ever seen. This white fluffy ball bounces around the pages.  Written by A. N. Kang, this is the second adventure of Papillon.  I must say that the […]

Munchem Academy Is Going To Steal Your Heart

Munchem Academy Series Munchem Academy is a newer series.  The second book: Munchem Academy: The Girl Who Knew Even More, is another foray into how Mattie Larimore eventually becomes the world’s greatest thief. You may be hesitant at that premise, but you should know that this is not just a context of good or evil.  […]

Suspect Red The Best Historical Fiction

Suspect Red Suspect Red is the perfect example of historical fiction. This novel by L. M. Elliott has the perfect balance of research and speculation.  Adding to the tension are pictures and facts from the time period that are from the story.  Nothing else can drop you into the paranoia of the Cold War faster […]

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker There are definitely some great first chapter books to be found.  Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes is perfect for young kids.  Beatrice is a little bit of a rebel or an outcast.  She is not a traditional kid by any means.  Beatrice after all prefers to think upside […]

Drive In The Circle With The Rogue SL

Nissan Rogue SL We have seen a lot of the Nissan Rogue.  So this time around, when we had the Rogue SL, we were pleasantly surprised.  There are a few extra features that make being in the car relaxing.  Nothing says summer more than the perfect book like The Circle.  Instead of going to the beach, […]

How Do You Cook With Books?

Books have always been an extremely central part of our life.  My dad used to buy books only available in Europe when he traveled and as you know Alison was a librarian for many, many years.  When we moved from Louisville to Seattle, we moved about 50,000 pounds of books and that was after we […]

Blood of An Englishman: Review and Giveaway M.C. Beaton

A Proper Mystery With An Englishman The Blood of an Englishman is something Agatha Raisin must investigate in her 25th adventure.  So, while she does that we decided to investigate the blood of an American.  Knowing that there are some foods we just can’t turn down, we opted to preview The Blood of an Englishman with our Stash […]

Summer Is For Secrets: Book Review and Giveaway!

I received these books in order to facilitate a review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own. Like most of our readers, we find ourselves reading more during the summer months.  When the heat gets to you and all you want to do is relax while expending as little energy as possible, you reach for […]