Saturday, March 28, 2020
The Unbelievable Oliver and the Sawed-in-Half Dads by Pseudonymous Bosch, Shane Pangburn (Illustrated by)
Puffin Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published May 12th.
He's going to saw the box in half and then bring the man out, unhurt. So he goes to the magic store to buy the trick and props and find out how. They buy the cheapest unit since that is all the money they have. He's going to do the trick at the rehearsal dinner.
There is all kinds of activity and people there, but the trick works perfectly. Until the second half is opened and it's empty! Where did Simon go?
They frantically search and then get a ransom note. Who could have captured Simon?
This book is busy, all the characters are interesting, and it's fun to read. Wait until you see how they manage to find Simon...
Friday, March 27, 2020
The New York Review Children's collection and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published May 12th.
This is a beginning chapter book for young readers. There are lots of illustrations, not much text, and it's a silly but fun story.
Monster is looking for a new place to live. He visits the city and decides he could stay there and play in the park with the children. First thing he has to do is find a place to live.
He picks a long tall house and moves in. He cleans it up. Then one day he finds a boy on his doorstep. He invites him to stay with him and now he won't be lonely anymore.
When the boy looks out the front window, he sees a girl monster jumping rope and runs to tell him. But he's vacuuming and can't hear him...
This is a fantasy tale that is fun to read and ends happily ever after. What more could you want?
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Tyrant Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you). It will publish on April 28th.
The various authors included are: Edited by Jordan Castro with contributions by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ann Beattie, Raegan Bird, Blake Butler, Ryan C. K. Choi, Michael W. Clune, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Annie DeWitt, Chelsea Hodson, Yuka Igarashi, Kristen Iskandrian, Mark Leidner, Tao Lin, Scott McClanahan, Sarah Manguso, David Nutt, Precious Okoyomon, Sam Pink, Nicolette Polek, Kathryn Scanlan, Christine Schutt, and Mallory Whitten.
The stories are interesting and happy tales make me feel better. But there are sad ones, too. Reading these tales will give you some idea what owning a pet is like. I've had pets my entire life and some of these sound familiar. Even a story about a bad dog reminded of one I knew in the past.
How many do you recognize as you read the stories?
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published May 12th.
Butterbean is a long haired wiener dog. Walt is a cat. Oscar is a bird. Marco and Polo are two pet rats. Since they can't get jobs, they decide to do a heist to get money. They know there is a man with coins living in the apartments. They send the rats into the vents to spy after Butterbean has located the room.
They actually manage the heist with the help of an octopus. Then they find the man has taken their young sitter captive because he thinks she stole it. It's much harder to hive back.
This was a very lively read with all kinds of animals protecting each other and those they love, It has an exciting and joyful ending. Young ones will love it!
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you). It's being published today.
She sees similarity between him and her father so it must be true. He tells her he'll explain what happened later.
When they reach the house, she enjoys meeting Trudy, his wife. Then he shows her his painting studio, which is a barn. He asks her to help organize his pictures. He wants to show them off in a galley. She agrees. She's not sure what to do when he sets up an easel for her with paints and brushes. It's been a long time since she painted. But she finds herself beginning again.
Then she finds a puppy in the woods. She picks her as her human and she brings her joy. She also meets a man that she falls in love with. But despite all the positives, back home in America is where her job offer comes from. She hates leaving but she must if she's to acquire the job. She goes back but she's not fond of the games they are creating. And her heart hurts for what she's left behind.
Will she listen to her heart or will her head win?
Monday, March 23, 2020
Macmillan and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published July 14th.
Then another dead girl is found. They are getting desperate about saving the girls. Then they get a tip for where the bus is. All the cops needed help in the raid but there is no bus. It was a false lead.
It seems her supervisor is setting her up for failure. He even pulls her team off the case. That doesn't mean they quit working the case.
Then she finds her love is not dead. He has been following her around, so she braces him in his car with her gun. He wasn't dead, he was working undercover.
As they get one of the girl's wounded but alive, they learn where the bus is. They also figure out where the next death will be: the snake house at the zoo. They get there in time to save the girl but Jake gets killed protecting her. Her heart is broken again.
Jake thought he had enough evidence to put her boss away. Did he or didn't he?
Berkley Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published May 5th.
She finds herself more attracted to him than any other man. She doesn't know her friend was using him to try to find her. That's how he knew she was missing. She's a good paramedic, she can "see" what's wrong. Somehow he's always where she is. She's won over most of the crew but when he shows up to watch how she treats a patient again, she goes to his office and tells him off
When she tells him her secret, he feels bad for her even when she admits she killed the man. Can he heal her broken heart? Will she let him?