Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Sawed-in-Half Dads by Pseudonymous Bosch, Shane Pangburn (Illustrated by)

Oliver is new to magic but he wants to do a rehearsal so he can perform at the wedding.  His bunny talks talks to him.  It's a magic bunny.  He comes up with a great idea!

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

Meet Monster : The First Big Monster Book by Ellen Blance, Ann Cook, Quentin Blake (Illustrated by)

How could you not be taken with this big, tall, skinny, PURPLE monster?

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

Pets: An Anthology by Jordan Castro

This anthology is a series of essays by various authors.  These aren't cutesy stories.  Some have sadness but they are all about animals of one kind or the other.

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

The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton, David Mottram (Illustrated by)

Their owner slipped in the kitchen and knocked herself out.  The ambulance crew took her away and Bob the maintenance man isn't sure she'll be back.  He's already talking about putting the animals in a shelter.  The animals aren't going to put up with that!

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

Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade

When she's fired from her job over something she said, she's at loose ends.  Then she gets a phone call from a man who tells her he's her dead father's brother.  She's not sure she believes him but when he invites her to come and visit, she decides to go.  After all, she nothing holding her at home.

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

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper Series: Agent Sayer Altair (#3)

She's still grieving the loss of her fiance but she's working harder than ever.  When she's called out on a death, she finds a schoolgirl in a strange setting.  She has baboon statues around her and it looks like it means something.  It does.  It's Egyptian.  Where are the other children on the bus?

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?

Call It Magic : A Spellbound Falls Romance by Janet Chapman

Katy hid away for a while before emerging in Spellbound Falls.  She's there to accept the job the chief offered her.  But the chief has retired.  The new one looks at her suspiciously and asks questions she doesn't want to answer.  Katy has secrets.

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?